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Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Not-for-Profit Management Certificate Program

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Note: This program is currently on hold and is not accepting new candidates.

Graduate Program Chair

Christine Shane, PhD

Program Objectives

The purpose of the Not-for-Profit Management Certificate Program is to provide participants with the skills and abilities necessary to meet the challenges of managing within the complex and competitive arenas of social services and not-for-profit organizations. Students have the ability to choose areas of concentration specific to their interests. This certificate is comprised of 9 credits of core course work and 6 credits in selected graduate classes. At the completion of the Certificate Program, participants will have the unique ability to integrate fundamental management strategies with the organization’s mission and values. The Certificate Program will be completed in fifteen (15) course credits.

Program Description

Social services agencies, foundations, churches, museums and schools, professional associations, municipalities, government and public enterprises comprise the vast array of not-for-profit organizations.

The Not-for-Profit Management Certificate program of study allows students to:

  • Develop an understanding of the history and purpose of not-for-profit organizations.
  • Implement sound fiscal management policies and practices in not-for-profit organizations.
  • Explore strategies for fundraising and organizational sustainability for not-for-profit organizations.
  • Understand the components of Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation for the sustainability of not-for-profit organizations.
  • Strengthen the ability to recruit, retain and motivate employees of not-for-profit organizations.

Individuals working in the public and not-for-profit sectors provide services that are vital to communities. The Certificate Program offers business skills paired with the underlying values of public and not-for-profit organizations, increasing the competencies of emerging and current public/not-for-profit managers and increasing the effectiveness of their services.

Admissions Standards and Criteria

To apply for enrollment in Not-for-Profit Management Certificate, a student must submit documents as outlined in the graduate admission section, as well as:

  • A personal interview may be requested by the Program Chair or student
  • MAT/GRE/GMAT exams not required

Program of Study

Students complete 3 core courses and 2 electives for a total of 15 credits.


Students choose two electives as a concentration (6 credits) from areas of graduate study available at Fitchburg State. Some examples of areas of study include the following, but students are free to develop their own areas of concentration under the guidance of their advisor.
Business Administration

  • MGMT 9040 Organizational Behavior and Development
  • MGMT 9060 Management Information Systems

Educational Leadership

  • EDLM 8012 Law, Ethics and Policies for the Educator
  • EDLM 9045 Dynamics of Planned Change


  • COUN 7010 Counseling Theories
  • COUN 8015 Research and Program Evaluation

Total for Certificate: 15 Credits

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