Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Take the inside track to start your career or advance into leadership roles in the growing nonprofit sector.

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Program Overview

Here, you'll prepare for a fast start and long-term career success in the nonprofit sector with our graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership. This growing sector needs professionals who know how to effectively communicate and manage organizational change. Our certificate ensures you'll learn to think like a leader and work effectively across a range of areas crucial to the nonprofit sector. We also make it easy for you to transition from the certificate to a master's degree in public administration. By the time you finish, you'll be ready to take any nonprofit organization to the next level.

Program Options

Complete the certificate in nonprofit leadership and then easily transition to the master's degree in public administration.

The transition is simple; students enrolled in the certificate will only have to complete a short application and will have all their certificate courses automatically applied to the master's degree.

The nonprofit leadership certificate is a good option for busy, working adults to explore graduate study without yet making a full commitment to a longer degree program.

The certificate requires the completion of four, three-credit courses with a grade of B or better in three years or less. The certificate courses are also offered at a reduced tuition rate, making this a cost-effective way to start your graduate degree.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 3.0 GPA
    • If not attained, evaluation of an applicant's ability to complete graduate work will be based on academic performance and a necessary 3.0 GPA within first six credit hours.

Complete our simple, short online application. Write a brief statement describing reasons and expectations for study in this program.

Within a week of our receipt of your official college transcript and completed application, you will receive notification regarding admission. After making a deposit of $100 that will be applied to your tuition and fees, you will receive a code that will allow you to enroll in the graduate certificate program and make course selections for the upcoming semester.

We review applications on a rolling basis.

Program Highlights

Earning your nonprofit leadership certificate means developing leadership, citizenship, communication, and effective management skills for the nonprofit sector.

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Flexible Certificates

The flexibility of our certificate programs gives you the ability to customize your courses to meet your career goals.

Many of our certificate courses overlap, meaning you can easily switch between our four certificate options if you become excited about a different path. Additional certificates include:

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Distinguished Faculty

At Widener, you'll learn from professors who are either working professionals or are experts practicing in the field. They'll make you the priority and help you build a network that will follow you long after graduation.


Our faculty work with students to customize their degree for a rewarding education, career, and future.

James E. Vike
Director of Masters of Public Administration

"Our students care about furthering positive outcomes in society. My goal in the classroom is to help them do this by building managerial and leadership skills that improve work performance in the near term and aid career advancement."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

At Widener, success means more than a graduate certificate. That's why our graduates can be found in various different career paths.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Nonprofit fundraiser
  • Nonprofit marketer
  • Nonprofit executive director

More Careers

  • Nonprofit public relations
  • Advancement professional

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Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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