Program Overview

The Nonprofit Management Certificate program (NMCP) gives you the tools and framework needed to meet the increasing challenges facing the nonprofit sector today. 

2017-18 Requirements

The program provides students with fundamental knowledge of the nonprofit sector through one core course and four elective courses:

  • PUBPOL 550 Management of Nonprofit Organizations (4 credits)

This course is required of all NMCP students and two sections will be offered in Autumn 2017. PUBPOL 550 addresses management and policy challenges in nonprofit organizations, emphasizing the environment within which nonprofit work is performed, distinctive characteristics of nonprofits, legal requirements, cultural values, and leadership.

  • Four elective courses (totaling 12-16 credits) in management, leadership, or policy analysis, chosen from an approved list of electives that broaden the basic knowledge base for nonprofit management. At least two electives must be taken within the Evans School. Some home department courses can typically be used for the elective credit, if they are not required core courses for your degree program.
  • A portfolio and short analytic paper developed by each student and due Spring Quarter, reflecting upon the key learning experiences of the program. The portfolio will typically consist of a set of papers completed through the NMCP courses, while the analytic paper will act as a reflective analytic summary of the portfolio, coursework, and student learning in the NMCP program.

Completion of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program will be acknowledged on the student’s official UW transcript. 

Eligibility and Admissions

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Washington may apply during their first year of graduate study to complete the program during their second year. Only UW graduate students are eligible to apply for this certificate. 

Read our application instructions.

For more information, contact the program at or 206.616.1613.

*Please note, effective 2017-18:  the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program is primarily designed for UW graduate students outside of the Evans School.  Evans School MPA students interested in pursuing a transcriptable option in nonprofit management are encouraged to pursue the Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation Program Option, which may be completed within the 72 credits required for the MPA degree.  Evans School MPA students may apply for the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, however, completion of both the MPA and certificate prorgram will require 86 or more total credits (as no more than 6 credits can be shared between one's degree program and certificate program).  Evans School students are encouraged to consult with Student Services staff with any questions.