Javascript is currently not supported, or is disabled by this browser. Please enable Javascript for full functionality.

Skip to Main Content
University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 25, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nonprofit Management Certificate

Return to Academic Programs Return to: Academic Programs

Nonprofit agencies of all kinds are being established to fulfill needs in our communities, while existing community benefit organizations are expanding to meet increasing demand for services. This growth means new opportunities in the rewarding nonprofit sector. 

The 18-credit nonprofit management certificate is offered by the College of General Studies in partnership with Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. The program provides a solid foundation for those looking to enter the field of public service, to enhance their current roles, or to assume leadership positions. Coursework covers topics including management, fundraising, human resources, and more.

This certificate can be pursued as a standalone program or in conjunction with the completion of another degree at Pitt. The credits you earn while completing this certificate may also be transferred to a bachelor’s degree program at CGS, such as our BA in public service.

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 career in the nonprofit field
  • Undergraduate degree-seeking students who wish to have an intermediate credential
  • Technology workers
  • 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 form must be completed and submitted online to the College of General Studies.

Obtaining the Certificate

To receive the certificate, you must fill out an online graduation application through the Pitt Portal prior to completing your last term in the program. Visit Graduation / Diplomas on the Registrar’s website for the instructions and check the  Graduating with a CGS degree/ certificate website for the submission deadline.  Contact a CGS advisor to confirm that all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term. 

Credit Requirements

  • The Nonprofit Management certificate requires 18 credits of core courses, including a three-credit internship.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.
  • 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.

Curriculum (18 credits)

Complete all six required courses.


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.
Gainful Employment Information

Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

Return to Academic Programs Return to: Academic Programs

Catalog Navigation