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Certificate of Graduate Study

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Program of Study

The certificate requires five courses in managerial topics related to the nonprofit, social welfare, and human services sectors. 

You can take your classes either on campus or online. Choose the format that works best for you.

Choose one:

  • Issues in Not-For-Profit Management
  • Human Service Organizations within a Changing Environment


Choose one:

  • Managerial Leadership in the Public Service
  • Introduction to Public Management
  • Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations
  • Community Building
  • Administration of Information Agencies


Choose any three (organized by subject):

Managing Organizations

  • Systems Thinking and Strategy Development
  • Non-Profit Governance
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Nonprofits and Social Transformation
  • Advanced Qualitative Analysis
  • Supervision and Consultation
  • Staff Development

    Information Management

    • Fundamentals of Information technology
    • Fundamentals of Records Management


    Financial Management

    • Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
    • Cost Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations
    • Nonprofit Financial Management


    Public Policy 

    • Inequality and Public Policy
    • Nonprofits and Public Policy
    • Topics in Women's Leadership
    • Social Welfare Policy and Services


    General Electives

    • Non-Profit Fundraising and Development Fundamentals
    • Issues and Practices in Program Evaluation
    • Evaluation of Public Sector Programs
    • Biodiversity and Conservation: Policy Issues
    • Special Areas of Social Welfare
    • Development (Marketing, Fundraising, and Grant Writing)

    See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

    For more information, contact Jaclyn Napoleon at [email protected] or 518-442-5247, or [email protected].



    Career Development and Networking

    Because Rockefeller's nonprofit management specialty is ranked #14 among all graduate public affairs programs in the United States, this certificate provides you with a distinct advantage when competing for promotions in your workplace or applying for leadership positions in the national job market.

    If you're looking to partner or obtain employment with nonprofits and human service agencies in the Capital Region, you'll find Rockefeller's location in the heart of the New York State capital especially helpful. 

    Also, as part of our community, you can draw on Rockfeller's international network of experienced alumni who can provide you with mentorship, career advice, important introductions, and advancement opportunities.

      Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development Projects

      The Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development was established through collaboration between the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, Albany Law School, and UAlbany's Schools of Business, Public Health, and Social Welfare.

      The Institute works with local communities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to:

      • Stimulate the exchange of ideas between researchers and practitioners.
      • Create affordable professional development opportunities for nonprofit leaders.
      • Provide nonprofits with technical assistance and consultation on best practices.
      • Support community research related to issues that affect the nonprofit sector.
      Admissions Requirements
      • Fall: August 1
      • Spring: January 1
      • Summer: May 1

      There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

      Required Application Materials
      • Transcripts from all schools attended
      • Resume
      • Statement of goals

      The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals.

      *One or two letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required for admission.