Nonprofit Leadership

Graduate Programs


The graduate nonprofit leadership certificate is a cooperative educational program between the College of Social and Behavioral Science and the College of Allied Health and Nursing. This 15-credit graduate certificate is specifically designed to respond to the employment needs and opportunities within one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. The nonprofit leadership certificate is a multidisciplinary program for graduate students and nonprofit practitioners interested in gaining knowledge and skills for success and advancement in nonprofit leadership. 


Program Locations Total Credits
Nonprofit Leadership GC
  • Mankato

Policies & Faculty



Students must meet the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. The student pursuing a Certificate and/or minor in Nonprofit Leadership is required to successfully complete a three (3) credit internship in a nonprofit organization and fulfill NPL-related internship learning outcomes.The internship may be completed through any of the sponsoring departments in accordance with those NPL-related learning outcomes. Students must have successfully completed NPL 673 before completing the internship requirements. 

Contact Information

Department of Sociology & Corrections
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
113 Armstrong Hall


500 Level

Credits: 3

Theoretical and practical aspects of administering arts organizations. Examines the management, budgeting, marketing, and administration or cultural organizations in the postmodern era.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Designed as an overview to fundraising and development for nonprofit organizations, this course addresses the development of a fundraising plan and attracting donors. There will be an emphasis on organizational outreach using both traditional and new media.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Designed as an overview of financial management for nonprofit organizations, this course addresses the integration of mission-driven planning and financial management with an emphasis on tax exemption, accounting systems, financial statements, budgets, and regulatory reporting.

Prerequisites: none

600 Level

Credits: 3

This is a survey course of the nonprofit sector, covering history and philosophy of the sector, ethics, board and staff relations, operations and fundraising, fiscal management, and human resource development.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The internship in nonprofit leadership is designed to provide an opportunity to applycoursework, to refine and enhance key skills in the nonprofit sector, to broaden professional exposure, and to inform further career development. The internship must be completed within a nonprofit organization.

Prerequisites: NPL 673