Mar 18, 2018  
Graduate Catalog 2016 - 2017 
Graduate Catalog 2016 - 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nonprofit Management, Graduate Certificate

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Joseph Mead, Interim Graduate Certificate Coordinator


The graduate certificate program in Nonprofit Management is designed to help nonprofit leaders effectively deal with the challenges facing their organizations, including government funding cutbacks, social problems, and the expanding need to acquire and manage financial resources. Administered by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, the program emphasizes hands-on learning designed to equip nonprofit administrators with the skills they need to succeed. It is aimed at executive directors and other managers, as well as professionals with business or government management experience who are seeking a bridge to the nonprofit sector.

Admission Information

Degree-seeking graduate students who hold Regular status will be considered for admission to the certificate program. In addition, applicants must have:

  1. A career commitment to nonprofit management as evidenced by the student's resume and statement of career goals.
  2. At least two years of management experience.

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Cleveland State must file, prior to graduation, a letter stating their intent to complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The letter, addressed to the Graduate Program Advisor of the Levin College, must specify the anticipated date of completion for each course taken to fulfill certificate requirements.

Applicants who are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at Cleveland State must apply for graduate certificate admission. Certificate admission requirements  are detailed in the Admissions  section of this Catalog. In addition to meeting these admission requirements, certificate applicants must submit a statement outlining their education and career goals, have significant experience in the nonprofit sector, and submit a resume. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's management experience also are required.

With program permission, non-degree graduate students may enroll in the courses noted below, but non-degree students cannot earn a University graduate certificate. Credits earned for the certificate may apply toward a graduate degree, as approved by the student's graduate program director and in keeping with policies of the College of Graduate Studies.

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For further information, contact:
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Office of Student Services
Urban Affairs Building 205
Phone: (216) 687-3884
Fax: (216) 687-5398

Certificate Requirements

The certificate program consists of four courses: two required courses and two electives.

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