Nonprofit Management Certificate

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.

Application for the Certificate Program

If you are interested in pursuing the certificate in nonprofit management you 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fax, (205) 975-5712.

You 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. As of fall 2020, successful completion of five (5) courses is necessary to earn the certificate. For the most up-to-date course requirements, please visit the Graduate Catalog.


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

Registration and Payment

You are expected to register for a course each semester. Payments of tuition and fees will be handled through the UAB Financial Affairs. All payment problems or inquiries should be directed to that office.

Future Graduate Degree Work

If you want to apply to the MPA program after completing the nonprofit management certification requirements, you must complete all application requirements as outlined in the Graduate School guidelines. A maximum of four courses (12 hours) with a grade of B or better 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.


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