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 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.

Students select four courses (12 credits) including one required course and three electives from a list of approved PPM courses.

Required Course

  • PPM 535 Managing in the Nonprofit Sector (3 credits)

Choose three from the following courses:

  • PPM 553 Volunteer Engagement and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development in Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • PPM 601 Applied Statistics for Public Policy and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 632 Human Resource Management in Public, Nonprofit and Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 636 Management Information Systems in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 639 Topics in Public Policy and Management (3 credits)



Visit the USM Graduate Admissions site for information on the graduate certificate program application process.

Questions about applying? Contact the Muskie School Student Affairs Office at (207) 780-4864 or darbique@usm.maine.edu

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