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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Mar 04, 2021
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nonprofit Management Certificate

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The nonprofit field is growing, and so are the demands for the services nonprofits provide. In the last 10 years, 500 new organizations have been established in the Pittsburgh area alone. The growth of nonprofits means that various positions within these organizations will need to be filled by qualified individuals.

The right education is critical to demonstrating your qualifications to prospective employers. A Certificate in Nonprofit Management, alone or coupled with an appropriate bachelor’s or advanced degree, will aid in your quest for employment by or promotion within a nonprofit organization.

Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply the credits to an undergraduate degree in public service at the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies.

Who should enroll:
  • Professionals with public relations experience
  • Professionals with an interest in fundraising
  • Professionals with a background in program development
  • Professionals with knowledge of marketing and advertising
  • Recent graduates or current students who wish to pursue a careerin the nonprofit field
  • Undergraduate degree-seeking students who wish to have an intermediate credential
  • Technology workers
  • Public service majors
  • Entrepreneurs who wish to start a nonprofit
Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be able to:
  • organize, manage, or supervise a nonprofit organization;
  • hire and train an efficient staff;
  • understand the structural and financial issues unique to nonprofits;
  • effectively raise revenue through fundraising; and
  • write grant proposals.

This certificate is applicable to positions such as grant writers, fundraisers, development officers, accountants, information technology workers, and office managers. 

Admission requirements

Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application must be completed. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for courses.



  • Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, a minimum of nine credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Although courses for the certificate can be taken in any order, we strongly recommend that students consider completing PUBSRV 0020 Introduction to Public Service first in order to gain exposure to main theories and practices in the field. Normally the internship would be completed last; however, students should start planning their internship early and review their options with a CGS advisor.
  • The internship requires 120 hours at the internship site along with registration for the PUBSRV 1900 course. Visit our Internships page for details.
  • PUBSRV 1900 is a 3-credit course and may not be divided over two semesters. However, the student could work with their internship instructor to see if the 120 hours could be divided over two terms.
  • Students who work at the University should consult with the PUBSRV internship instructor as to whether they need to complete internship hours outside of Pitt or in a different department on campus.
  • PUBSRV 1910 Institute of Politics Internship/Seminar (4 cr.) may be used in place of PUBSRV 1900 Internship Seminar. Check with your CGS advisor prior to registering.
Gainful Employment Information

According to Urban Institute, the number of nonprofits between 2001 and 2011 has increased by 25 percent. Jobs for social and community service managers are expected to grow by 27 percent by 2020. Social and community service managers had a median salary of $57,950 in 2010.   

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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