Policy, Planning, and Management

Certificate of Graduate Study in Public and Nonprofit Management

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Public and Nonprofit Management is designed to provide traditional students, working professionals, and volunteers with cutting edge knowledge, skills and techniques to respond to the managerial and leadership challenges in the nonprofit and public sectors.

The certificate is a stand-alone credential or the 12 credits may be transferred into the Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management degree program upon admission.  Student generally take one course a semester.

Students select four courses (12 credits); two required courses and two electives from the following list of approved courses.  Other courses may be approved upon request.

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • PPM 535 Managing Nonprofits
  • PPM 615 Organizational Leadership

Select two additional courses (6 credits) from the following: 

  • PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PPM 534 Managing Cities, Towns and Counties
  • PPM 538 Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • PPM 541 Nonprofit Financial Management
  • PPM 542 Policy issues in State and Local Finance
  • PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development
  • PPM 553 Volunteer Engagement and Management
  • PPM 560 Crisis and Risk Management
  • PPM 632 Human Resource Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PPM 640 Public Finance and Budgeting

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: $25.00 paid through the online application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay:  In a brief essay (300-500 words), please state your reasons for pursuing Certificate of Graduate Study in Public and Nonprofit Management, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals.
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials: 

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program. 

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation