Not-for-Profit Graduate Certificate Program

CUC’s Not-for-Profit Graduate Certificate Program is an online five-course program that refreshes your skills if you are working in the not-for-profit industry, or helps you transition into a not-for-profit career path.

Program Description

The Not-for-Profit and Church Management GraduateCertificate is designed to increase the proficiency of not-for-profit and church administrators and professionals, leading to more effective management in finance and human resources, and to enable them to better accomplish their mission and ministry. This innovative program is designed to benefit individuals already working in the not-for-profit sector, individuals who wish to switch careers and successful business professionals who are seeking a way to “make a difference” in today’s world.


Courses are 8 weeks in duration and are completed online.

MGT-6530 Introduction to Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 hours)

Not-for-profit organizations and the environment they operate in. A profile of the industry and an introduction to a not-for-profit’s organizational purpose, governance and funding structures. Emphasis on ethics and social-economic issues and the difficult task of transforming an organization’s purpose into action. A service learning project will incorporate theories into real-world applications.

ACC-6500 Financial Management of Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 hours)

Financial accountability and internal controls. Accounting for basic transactions and events and generation of financial statements. Analysis of financial statements to understand the financial health of an organization. Financial management tools for decision making such as operational forecasts, budgets and incremental analysis.

MGT-6540 Topics in Board Governance and Management of Volunteers (3 hours)

Importance of volunteers to a not-for-profit enterprise or church. Recruiting and motivation of volunteers. Proper role of the board of directors. Leadership issues and topics. Study best practices in industry, identify industry weaknesses and recommend process improvements.

MGT-6500 Fund Development and Management (3 hours)

Development of current and long-range strategic plans. Research and development of actual grant application. Presentation and communication of strategic plan and grant application. Exploration of partnerships and social networks to further an organization’s mission. Sources of funding beyond grants, project management and discussions of industry best practices.

MKT-6500 Communications and Public Relations in a Not-for-Profit Organization (3 hours)

The role of public relations as it pertains to not-for-profit organizations. Advanced public relations skills, including research and analysis and strategic planning. Effective media relations; crisis communications. Promoting the organization through media plans, promotional events and strategic partnerships with government, corporations and the community.