Graduate Certificates

Management of Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organizations


The Graduate Certificate in Management of Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organizations assists current and future nonprofit administrators, as well as those who aspire to work for NGO’s or nonprofit organizations. The course of study helps students develop their skills in leadership and management, financial oversight, fundraising and grantsmanship, and strategic planning issues.


Courses for this graduate certificate program are only offered on the Tampa campus. We offer a mixture of in person and online courses.


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university and should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale average in their undergraduate study.


To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process. In addition to your completed application form and non-refundable $30 application fee, you will need to submit the following documents:
  • Letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Transcripts; and
  • Two letters of recommendation.


None are required.


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Core Requirements

18 total credit hours; 12 credit hours of required core courses.
  • PAD 6146 - Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3)
  • PAD 6208 - Financial Oversight for Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • PAD 6231 - Resource Development: Fundraising and Grantsmanship (3)
  • PAD 6335 - Strategic Planning and Social Innovation for Public/Nonprofit Organizations (3)

Elective Requirements

6 credit hours of required elective courses. 2 elective courses to be taken from the Department of Public Administration which are relevant to the study of nonprofit management, or a course from another graduate program with prior approval from the Program Director. Suggested electives include, but are not limited to:
  • PAD 6060 - Public Administration Theory (3)
  • PAD 6105 - Organization Theory and Leadership (3)
  • PAD 6134 - Project Management (3)
  • PAD 6307 - Policy Design and Implementation (3)
  • PAD 6336 - Community Development Programs and Strategies (3)
  • PAD 6417 - Human Resources Management (3)
  • PAD 6427 - Public Sector Labor Relations (3)


The graduate certificate time limit is 5 years. However, students can complete this program within 1-3 years.


All 18 credit hours/6 courses from this certificate program may be eligible for transfer into the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, as long as a grade of “B” or higher is received in each certificate course taken.


No standardized tests are required for admission to the certificate program. International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not their native language. A minimum score of 79 on the internet-based test is required on the TOEFL, or a minimum score of 6.5 taken within the last 2 years is required on the IELTS.


  • International students who do not hold the required degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution must submit translated transcripts, along with a letter from a qualified foreign transcript evaluation service, certifying equivalency to a U.S. degree.
  • Certificate students are ineligible for a student visa based on the certificate program alone (non-degree seeking), but concurrently enrolling in a master's program (graduate degree seeking) would make you eligible for a student visa.


Certificate Director
Dr. Stephen Aikins
Phone: (813) 974-0114

Program Specialist
Annie Valdez
Phone: (813) 974-7861