Postgraduate Certificate Online

Nonprofit Management

12 months
370 USD/credit 6660 USD/year
370 USD/credit 6660 USD/year
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The Nonprofit Management Postgrad. Cert. at the American Public University is a concentrated program offering a foundation in leadership, finance, governmental relations, communications, marketing, and the critical role of fundraising in nonprofit organizations.  


Course Details

Establish a solid foundation in leadership, fundraising, government relations, communications, marketing, and finance with the Nonprofit Management Postgrad. Cert. at the American Public University.

With an eye on today’s economic and regulatory environment, this online certificate’s nonprofit management courses explore elements critical to successful nonprofit management: tax exemption and legal classifications, brand management, human resource planning, board membership development, donor systems and communications, general accounting, and public relations.

This concentrated six-course nonprofit management graduate program will help you learn how to effectively engage advocates; measure and optimize performance; leverage social media resources; build enduring partnerships; and recruit, inspire, and motivate a volunteer base.

What You Will Do

  • Analyze a nonprofit organization’s structure to maximize the work of its paid and volunteer staff and board members
  • Understand the legal and moral responsibilities of executives and leaders within nonprofit corporations
  • Evaluate a nonprofit’s financing to ensure it is able to draw an appropriate mix of funding from the variety of streams available
  • Design and implement a fundraising plan for a charitable nonprofit to supplement other funding
  • Understand the meaning of tax-exempt status and how this relates to an organization’s public service obligations under the law

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics
  • The Nonprofit Organization and Executive Leadership
  • Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation
  • Local Political Administration
  • Strategic Internet Marketing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
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Courses Start Monthly


18 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All APU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Please read all graduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 370 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    6660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 370 USD per credit during 12 months.

$250 with military grant


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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