Certificate of Graduate Study in Nonprofit Management
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Nonprofit Management provides traditional students, working professionals, and volunteers in the nonprofit sector with the knowledge and managerial skills and techniques to respond to the challenges of this important and rapidly changing sector of society. Students gain valuable expertise in critical areas such as managing human and financial resources, using technology to further organizational goals, and successfully mastering the system of performance contracting being introduced in Maine. Other topics examined include grant writing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management, board development, and interagency collaboration. The certificate courses are taught by Muskie core faculty as well as adjunct faculty from senior management and policy positions in public and nonprofit organizations.
The certificate may be taken as an additional 6 credits of coursework to augment the Public Policy & Management master's degree, or as a 12- to 15-credit certificate program that does not require matriculation in a degree program. Certificate programs include a choice of courses selected from curriculum of the master's degree the Public Policy & Management program. Students may transfer their coursework up to 12 credits into the degree program if they later decide to pursue a master's degree.
To apply, contact USM Graduate Admissions or visit the Certificate of Graduate Study website
For More Information
For more information, please contact:
Chair, Public Policy and Management Program
Phone: (207) 780-4865
Student Affairs Office
Students select four courses 12 credits including one required course and three from a list of approved courses from the graduate program in Public Policy and Management. Many Certificate courses are offered through the Education Network of Maine at locations throughout the state.
Students may transfer certificate courses to the School's master's degree program in Public Policy and Management upon matriculation.
Choose three from the following courses:
- PPM 553 Volunteer Engagement and Management
- PPM 545 Grant Writing in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
- PPM 601 Applied Statistics for Public Policy and Mangement
- PPM 615 Foundations for Public Service and Management *
- PPM 631 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
- PPM 632 Human Resource Management in Public, Nonprofit and Health Organizations
- PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
- PPM 636 Management Information Systems in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
- PPM 639 Topics in Public Policy and Management
- PPM 641 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations *
* with faculty permission only