Also available online. The Graduate Nonprofit Certificate Program provides practitioners in the Greater Birmingham area with an opportunity to enhance their skills and improve their capacity to effectively run their organizations.

This program is designed to serve those who wish to gain specialized knowledge in the field of nonprofit management without committing to a graduate program. Classes are offered online and on campus. Secondarily, students who are admitted into the MPA program with a specialty in nonprofit management may apply for the graduate certificate in nonprofit management.

Students may also be interested in the online graduate certificate in nonprofit management.

Application for the Certificate Program

Students interested in pursuing the certificate in nonprofit management must complete the application form prior to their first class. Students admitted into the MPA program, either fully or probationary, may complete the application at any point during their course work.

Download the application form, fill it out, and return it to the MPA program coordinator by email or fax, (205) 975-5712.

Students must be admitted as a non-degree seeking graduate student as defined by the UAB Graduate School. These requirements include an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Students admitted to the MPA program, either fully or probationary, have met this requirement by virtue of their admission; however, the application form must be completed in order to receive the certificate.


The content and curriculum have been carefully designed to provide nonprofit professionals with cutting edge skills, best practices, and essential management tools necessary to thrive in today's dynamic nonprofit environment. Successful completion of two required courses and two electives is necessary to earn the certificate.

Required Courses
The use of marketing and fundraising strategies for nonprofits. Incorporates both theory and practice as students learn the fundamentals of marketing and resource development and apply them to hands-on projects in local nonprofit agencies. 3 hours.
The day-to-day challenges faced by managers of nonprofit agencies, including the challenge of fund raising, balancing competing values as related to efficiency, effectiveness, and equity. 3 hours.

Elective Courses (choose 2)
Examines the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using GIS software. It integrates theory and socioeconomic applications of GIS in the public and non-profit sector. 3 hours.
Presents the strategic planning process as it is utilized in contemporary settings. Focuses on how the strategic planning process is applied in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and the extent to which there is substantial variation. 3 hours.
Understanding of market forces combined with non-economic variables that influence economic development process. Focus on theories and practical applications of local economic development and its processes. 3 hours.
Covers the essentials of grant-writing and the management of grants. 3 hours.
Analytic tools for evaluating public and nonprofit programs and services. 3 hours.


Students are expected to produce graduate level work. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to continue in the program.

Registration and Payment

Students are expected to register for a course each semester. Payments of tuition and fees will be handled through the cashier's office. All payment problems or inquiries should be directed to that office.

Future Graduate Degree Work

Individuals wishing to apply to the MPA program after completing the nonprofit management certification requirements must complete all application requirements as outlined in the Graduate School guidelines. A maximum of four courses may be applied toward the MPA degree if the student is accepted in the program.

Successful completion of the nonprofit management certification does not automatically admit a student into the MPA program. All application materials must be completed. Students who pursue the MPA degree following certification must complete all course work within seven years of the first course taken in the certificate program.


Please contact the MPA program coordinator at or