Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000

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Western Kentucky University offers a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration for students interested in specializing their credentials and career opportunities by learning to fulfill management roles within nonprofits. Nonprofits are responsible for filling the social and charitable gap in society which is not filled by government or business. Through the program, students may gain the fundamental and practical skills and knowledge necessary for management of nonprofit organizations. In addition, students should learn about what sets nonprofits apart from businesses as they study the ethics, marketing, management, and finance of nonprofit work. 

The curriculum consists of 12 credit hours in which students may have the opportunity to develop a core understanding of management and management responsibilities as part of a nonprofit skillset. Those classes include fiscal administration in the nonprofit sector, nonprofit grant writing and fundraising, and issues in nonprofit administration. 

Skills individuals may have the capacity to display upon completion of the program include the ability to utilize concepts, principles, and processes related to management of nonprofit organizations in domestic and international settings; the understanding and the ability to apply relevant ethical and legal guidelines and practices in management of public, private, and nonprofit organizations; understanding of the practices, principles, techniques and ethics of nonprofit grant writing and fundraising; the understanding of cultural diversity issues and apply cultural competency in public, private, and nonprofit organizations; and the understanding and ability to utilize appropriate financial management accountability, stewardship, planning, and transparency for establishing and maintaining federal nonprofit status.

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    A bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
    Adequate preparation in the field of study.

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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