Nonprofit Management Certificate (Online)

Learn the Business Side of Running a Nonprofit Organization

The College of Business and Aviation at Delta State University offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management offers a unique specialization for business professionals. It includes 6 courses (4 in the spring, 2 in the summer) that were designed to provide nonprofit practitioners with the skills needed to run the business side of a nonprofit organization. The program is fully online and can be completed in as little as 7-months.

The Certificate can be pursued with or without a Master’s Degree. Students can earn the certificate independently or alongside the Nonprofit Management concentration, within the online Integrated MBA program (only 2 courses are needed for the certificate). Students who pursue the certificate only are considered non-degree seeking students.




Credit Hour Program


Business program for Nonprofit Management in Mississippi

Why Get a Nonprofit Management Certificate at DSU?

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The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Delta State University is unique. We offer the only such program in the state that is housed in a College of Business. This certificate program is meant to prepare nonprofit practitioners with the tools necessary to run a successful nonprofit organization. Our program includes courses on human resources and volunteer management, theory and practice of philanthropy, nonprofit financial and resource management, board governance, program planning and evaluation, and more.

  • Applications accepted year round
  • Courses begin in the spring and summer
  • Student advisement available online
Amanda Crawford, Nonprofit Graduate Certificate student

The nonprofit management program helped me to sharpen my skills in areas that will help me be a better manager, leader, and advocate for my nonprofit work. It included well-developed content that is delivered with the student in mind so that we could balance the learning with our work schedules as well as daily application of what we learned into our nonprofit roles.

Amanda Crawford, Nonprofit Management studentCompleted in Summer 2023

What Can I Do With a Certificate
in Nonprofit Management?

Our Nonprofit certificate online program is designed to provide nonprofit practitioners with the skills needed to run a successful nonprofit organization. This program can open doors for nonprofit positions such as:

  • Executive director
  • Board member
  • Program director
  • Chief operating officer
  • Major gifts officer
  • Advocacy director
  • Chief executive officer


At Delta State University, we understand the importance of affordable education. While we currently do not offer scholarships or funding specifically for the Nonprofit Management Certificate, we do offer an affordable tuition rate with no additional fees for out-of-state students. Students who pursue the certificate must also pursue a degree such as the MBA in order to be eligible for financial aid. We are committed to providing our students with all of the tools necessary to succeed in business within multiple industries, including access to affordable education and financial support.

Program Goals

Nonprofit practitioners are tasked with a wide variety of job duties including recruiting and managing teams of paid employees and unpaid volunteers, interacting with board members, developing programs that serve the needs of their clients, develop relationships with donors to raise funds and apply for grants, and adhere to strict federal guidelines. Our program is designed to prepare practitioners with the tools necessary to meet these demands.

Admission Requirements

Students are required to have a baccalaureate degree (in any subject) from an accredited university.


The following courses are required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management

Course Number Course Title Credits
FIN 624 Nonprofit Financial and Resource Management 3
MGT 606 Nonprofit Strategic Human Resources and Volunteer Management 3
MGT 607 Nonprofit Impactful Board Governance 3
MGT 608 Nonprofit Program Planning and Evaluation 3
MGT 667 Theory and Practice of Philanthropy 3
MGT 695 Strategic Management 3


iMBA program fees are charged in the Spring Semester, Part-time Graduate Fees are charged in the Summer Semester. Learn more about Tuition and Fees.

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