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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.

Core Courses (6 credits)

Choose one:

  • Foundations of Not-for-Profit Management
  • Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment

Choose one:

  • Foundations of Public Management
  • Managing Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations
  • Community Building


Elective Courses (9 credits)

Choose any three (organized by subject):

Managing Organizations

  • Philanthropy and Civil Society
  • Non-Profit Governance
  • Managing Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Policy, Advocacy and Social Change

Information Management

  • Strategic Management of Information Technology
  • Comparative Digital Government
  • Leading Transformation in the Digital World


Financial Management

  • Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Non-Profit Fundraising & Development Fundamentals
  • Nonprofit Financial Management


Public Policy 

  • Politics and Policy
  • Inequality and Public Policy


General Elective

  • Evaluation of Public Sector Programs

Additional Information

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 Rockefeller'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.