Sharpen your professional communication skills and bring them to bear as you tackle a mission-driven nonprofit organization’s need to motivate, mobilize, and influence its audience.

Degree Type:
Combined Credential
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
Online, Onsite
Washington, DC
14 courses
Time to Complete:
Varies based on course availability and schedule
$4,687 per Communication course and $4,405 per Nonprofit Management course. Learn more about tuition and fees.

To complete these two programs individually would require a total of 16 graduate-level courses. However, if you choose to earn them together you will only need to complete 14 courses. In addition, if you are a US student, you may qualify for federal financial aid while earning this combined credential.

Details and Courses

From the MA in Communication’s Degree Details page, you’ll complete the 1 Required Core Course, select 3 Customizable Core Courses (of which one will be “Changing Behavior through Communication”), and choose 6 Elective Courses (including at least one of the following: “ in the Digital Age”, “Communicating for Social Change”, “Strategic Communication Program Management”, or “Public Policy Management & Advocacy”).

The remaining 4 courses must be selected from the Customizable Core Courses within the graduate certificate. Full descriptions are available on the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management’s Courses page.

Admission and Application Requirements

Within AAP’s online application you will indicate an interest in a combined credential and then follow the Admissions and Application Requirements for the MA in Communication degree.

The only updated requirement relates to the Statement of Purpose. Please ensure your 500-word statement addresses why you are interested in pursuing this degree-and-certificate combination. Describe your academic and career goals, highlighting how the combination of these credentials will help you achieve your goals. Please use double-spaced formatting.

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