Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management


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UALR offers a graduate certificate in nonprofit management for executives, directors and managers of nonprofit organizations as well as students interested in entering the nonprofit world. The program is designed to improve the management and leadership skills of persons working in all sizes of nonprofit organizations in a variety of settings — e.g.,social services, health care, education, arts, culture, recreation, advocacy, legal services, international aid and religion.  Many students who matriculate in the certificate program often enroll, or continue their advanced studies in the MPA program.

Classes are taught by experienced faculty from a variety of fields and by experienced professionals in the local nonprofit community. Learning with managers from nonprofit organizations enables students to develop their personal styles of management and leadership while gaining knowledge and skills in topics outside their immediate job areas for further professional growth.

The graduate certificate requires 18 hours (6 courses) for completion and students may go at their own pace with courses taken in any sequence.  There are two required courses and four elective courses that may be selected from a variety of offerings.

Required Courses – (6 hours)

Nonprofit Management (PADM 7336)  3 hours

Capstone Project (PADM 7374)  3 hours

Electives (Choose 4 courses) – (12 hours)

Human Resource Management  (PADM 7313)  3 hours

NP Financial Management  (PADM 7324)  3 hours

NP Public/Organizatn Networks  (PADM 7326)  3 hours

Leadership & Public Mgmt  (PADM 7333)  3 hours

Grant Writing and Fundraising  (PADM 7334)  3 hours

Urban Management  (PADM 7335)  3 hours

Managing Public Disputes  (PADM 7341)  3 hours

Curr Issues Public/NP Mgmt  (PADM 7346)  3 hours

Public Program Evaluation (PADM 7380)  3 hours

Small Group Communication (SPCH 7311)  3 hours

Grant Writing (RHET 5375)  3 hours

PR for 21st Century Non-Profit  (MCOM 7350)  3 hours

Program Evaluation  (PADM 7380)  3 hours

Evaluation Research I & II (SOWK 8259/8159)  2 hours/1 hour

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or 3.00 on the last 60 hours, submit two letters of recommendation and a one-page professional statement describing the student’s background and interest.

For more information contact Dr. Kirk Leach at or 501.569.8513.

For professionals not wanting to enroll in a university degree program, the Certified Volunteer Manager program offered through APAC can serve as a beneficial alternative. At the undergraduate level the Nonprofit Leadership Studies minor offers students an opportunity to prepare for leadership roles in nonprofit organizations.