Nonprofit Leadership

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The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership is designed to allow students to pursue graduate-level advanced studies in the subject area of nonprofit leadership, to manage a nonprofit organization, plan and implement fundraising initiatives, market and brand a nonprofit organization, effect organizational change, and create a mission and strategies that focus on creating beneficial social impact.

This certificate is 12 credits, 6 of which must be taken at Charter Oak. All courses must be completed with a grade of B or above.

  • OEL 501: Learning Community

    3 credits
  • OEL 553: Nonprofit Management

    3 credits
  • OEL 554: Nonprofit Resource Development & Fundraising

    3 credits
  • OEL 655: Role of Nonprofits in Fostering Social Change

    3 credits
  • Total:

    12 credits
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or international institution equivalent to a U.S. regionally accredited institution, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Students with GPA's between 2.7 and 3.0 may apply. If accepted, grades of B or better must be achieved in the first two courses to continue the program.
  • Three years of relevant work experience required, five preferred.
  • One essay, 500-750 words, describing the applicant's specific career goals, objectives, motivation to pursue an advanced degree, and professional experience and/or projects.
  • A professional resume
  • No GREs or entrance exams required

Outcomes & Pathways

Students who complete a Nonprofit Leadership certificate will be able to:

  1. Assess and design learning communities, explain complexities of organizational design and structure, and construct organizational leadership strategies.
  2. Develop strategies that support the advancement of an organization’s mission and formulate change strategies that support a continual changing landscape for nonprofit organizations.
  3. Apply various nonprofit fundraising principles and practices to accomplish the organization’s financial goals.

Why Charter Oak State College?

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