Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership

The Department of Public Administration is pleased to announce the addition of a graduate certificate program. The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership provides essential technical and analytical knowledge for leading and managing nonprofit organizations. With the curriculum offered, students will be able to build and/or improve upon skills crucial to their current and future careers.

The certificate enables graduate students from multiple program areas to develop their expertise, enhance their employment opportunities with nonprofit and public agencies, and meet the growing complexity of demands on the nonprofit sector.

To meet the curricular requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership, students must complete 15 semester credit hours from the following:

Curriculum

Required Courses (9 credit hours):

PAD 5913 Nonprofit Organizations

PAD 5923 Nonprofit Leadership and Management

PAD 5033 Theories of Public Organizations (effective Fall 2015)

Two courses from this list (6 hours):

PAD 5333 Program Evaluation (effective Fall 2107) *

PAD 5343 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector

PAD 5933 Fiscal Resource Development in Nonprofit Organizations

PAD 5943 Strategic Planning and Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

PAD 5953 Grant Development and Proposal Writing

PAD 5963 Nonprofit Financial Management

PAD 6973 Special Topics (with permission from Advisor)

*A blanket substitution will allow PAD 5333, Program Evaluation to apply as elective hours for students who are within the 2013-2015 and 2015-2017 catalogs.  

Students enrolled in the graduate certificate program are not allowed to substitute courses from other programs. Students are encouraged to plan ahead in order to complete the certificate requirements.

Admissions requirements

For currently enrolled UTSA graduate students*:
Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program must be in good academic standing. The student should contact the Program Advisor of the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Program and complete the intent form.

For new students:
Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program are required to apply for admission to UTSA as a special graduate student and to indicate their intent to seek admission into a certificate program. Applicants will be required to meet University admission requirements for special graduate students.

Prerequisites

If it is determined by the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Program Advisor that a student requires prerequisite background courses to adequately prepare for the courses included in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Program, this will be noted in the student’s file. The student will be notified that the prerequisite courses must be taken before enrolling in Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Program coursework or within the first semester of coursework.

For specifics on the Certificate Program, contact Dr. Jennifer Alexander, Program Advisor, Jennifer.Alexander@utsa.edu, or (210) 458-2532.

*Please note:  Current UTSA graduate students who complete their degree program before the certificate program must reapply as a special/non-degree student in order to finish required certificate program coursework, per the graduate school.