Certificate Requirements

You may take courses at a full- or part-time pace. Many of our students are working full-time and/or juggling family responsibilities.  Some travel extensively for their jobs, and some live abroad. All appreciate the convenience of an online format. Members of the faculty are deeply experienced professionals with significant reputations in their field. The courses are informed by their experience and the body of research about what makes a nonprofit organization excellent and effective.

Six online courses are necessary to complete the certificate. Students may select any six of the following courses:

Note: Students are encouraged to enroll in courses 470.728 and 470.798 at the start of the Certificate and 470.623 towards the end. Also, please note that although 470.736 Principles of Nonprofit Management is no longer offered, this course will still count towards the completion of the Certificate.

For current course availability, please visit the Course Schedule page.

Online Learning Environment

All online classes are offered as asynchronous learning experiences, allowing maximum flexibility in a student’s schedule. Course content is delivered mainly via text notes, voice-over PowerPoints, streaming video, and threaded discussions to provide a connection between students and faculty through visual, auditory, and text-driven interactions. Classes are kept small to encourage active community building among fellow students and students and faculty. Prearranged real-time online meetings allow for direct access to faculty.

To address student concerns or questions about an online learning environment, an orientation course, offered by Johns Hopkins University, introduces the students to the online learning tools, and is required before taking the first online class.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.