Program Overview

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate at Minnesota State University-Mankato is ideal for students who work or wish to work in the nonprofit sector in leadership positions.  Students will learn important skills and knowledge needed in managing and leading a nonprofit organization including the use of technology, fundraising and other means of support, and reaching out to a variety of people.  This program involves collaboration between other university departments and gives students a well-rounded education in the subject.

The certificate requires 18 credit hours and involves courses from the departments of sociology, urban studies, parks and leisure, recreation, and social work.  Core courses include an introductory course as well as an advanced workshop on Nonprofit Leadership.  Students can then choose courses from the areas of program planning and evaluation, administration, and finance.  These classes include topics such as urban programs, social work research, leisure time programs, and grants administration.  There is also an internship which focuses on one of the collaborating departments: sociology, social work, recreation, parks and leisure, and urban studies.  Students can complete the internship at a local place with faculty supervision and can set up the internship with the program director.

Nonprofit organizations are a vital aspect of society and include healthcare, social services, consumer, environmental, community organizations, and many other areas.  Nongovernmental (NGOs) are included in this category as they do vital work in third world countries.  Graduates of this program will enhance their view and knowledge of community as well as their opportunities to advance in the job sector.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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