Program Overview

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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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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

    School Overview

    Western Kentucky University is a public university that is located on a 200-acre suburban campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Western Kentucky University was established in 1906 by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, although its roots go back a quarter-century earlier. WKU was originally established as one the states two original teacher training institutes, also known as normal schools. The original name of WKU was the Western Kentucky State Normal School. Western Kentucky’s mission “prepares students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society” and the institution focuses on “research, service, and lifelong learning opportunities."

    Today, WKU, and the school offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, as well as associate degrees and certificate programs from the following colleges:

    • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
    • Gordon Ford College of Business
    • Ogden College of Science and Engineering
    • Potter College of Arts and Letters
    • University College
    • College of Health and Human Services

    In addition to on-campus coursework, Western Kentucky University has an online program that gives students the option of taking individual courses, or earning their degree entirely online. WKU’s online program offers 1,000 web courses each year, and over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs can be earned entirely online. Students can complete all of their general education requirements online.


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