Non-Profit Management Certificate Program

Program Overview

The Nonprofit Management Certificate Program is a six (6) course program that provides students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for challenging professional positions in the growing nonprofit sector. Nonprofit organizations serve the interests of the community and comprise an increasingly significant portion of the American economy, spanning fields as diverse as human services, health care, education, foundations, professional associations, environmental management, criminal justice, and the arts.

Program participants learn how nonprofit organizations are established and administered; how they serve different segments of society; how they are funded and the role of philanthropy; how their programs are planned, budgeted, and evaluated; and how human resources, legal, and ethical problems are resolved.

While some of the courses are offered as on-campus classes, most of the courses are offered online and it is possible to complete all the requirements for the certificate online.

Who should attend

- professionals working in the nonprofit sector
- professionals working in a governmental or private setting who would like to work or volunteer in the nonprofit sector
- students without professional experience who seek to prepare themselves for nonprofit careers

Curriculum and Scheduling

Classes can be taken individually or in pursuit of the certificate in Nonprofit Management. These courses are complete in themselves and require no prior knowledge in the specific area. However, it is suggested that, for those students taking courses towards the certificate, the core courses (just 1 of 2 required for Certificate): "Introduction to Nonprofit Management" or "Survey of Nonprofit Management", should be taken first. It's up to you to decide how many classes to take at one time. However, most students usually just enrolled in 1-2 courses at one time, especially if they are working full-time.

Most of the courses, including the Core course, "Introduction to Nonprofit Management", are offered online. Online classes are offered every month. Classroom courses are generally offered twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. The method and schedules that a course will offered can be found after the course title in the listing after the Certificate requirements below.

The schedule of classes comes out in our catalog which is mailed twice a year (January and July) to students who have made an inquiry or registered within the last 6 months. However, the most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the program webpage. We will also email you monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you have provided us with an email address. Request a catalog or join our mailing list.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, each student is required to successfully complete six courses: the Core course, three required courses and two elective courses. No sequence is required; however, for those without previous experience, we recommend beginning with the Core course, as it will provide you with an overview of the basics of nonprofit management. Once all courses are completed, the student must notify the Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development at Molloy College to issue you your certificate.

Please click on the course titles below for a course description and the upcoming schedule (please note that if a schedule for a classroom course is not listed, it may mean that we are between semesters and the new schedule is not out yest):

Core Courses (choice of either for Certificate)
· Survey of Nonprofit Management (classroom course offered every fall and spring)
· *Introduction to Nonprofit Management (offered online every month)
* online course

Required Courses (3 of 5 required for Certificate)
• *Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials (offered online every month)
• *Marketing Your Nonprofit (offered online every month)
•  *Human Resources Fundamentals (offered online every month)
•   Financial Accounting For Non-Financial Managers (classroom course offered in the winter and summer semesters)
•   Leadership and Management (classroom course offered in the fall and spring semesters)
* online course

Elective Courses
(2 of 3 required for Certificate) 
• *Grant Writing (offered online every month)
• *Special Events Planning (offered online every month)
•  Effective Communications (offered in the fall and spring semesters)
* online course

Course Descriptions

Click here for course descriptions.

Online Course Information

The online courses are instructor-led and meet for 6 weeks. You'll spend roughly two to four hours each week completing two engaging lessons in an enjoyable, interactive learning environment. Expert instructors develop and lead every course, and you'll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online discussion areas. New sessions start every month, so you can sign up anytime. Upon completing a course with a passing score, you'll get a certificate of completion from Molloy College. To take the courses online you will need: internet access, e-mail, and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

Each online course offered in the program contains details including a long description, a syllabus, an instructor biography, and a list of technical requirements. Just click on the course title above for additional information.

Click here for an overview of the online course lessons, assignments and requirements.

For further information on the online courses, including course descriptions and tuition rates, please click on the course titles above or visit us at:, email us at or call us at 516.323.3550.


Tuition for the online and classroom courses is $125 per course. There are no course fees. Tuition payment is due at the time of registration. However, if your company is paying for the course we will invoice your company. Please provide us with your company's purchase order, educational voucher or documentation on company letterhead stating that they are responsible for payment along with the registration form and we will process an invoice directly to your company. Invoicing is available only if you register in-person, by mail or by fax.


Please note that if you are taking a blend of classroom and online courses and wish to register online there are different procedures for each.

Classroom courses: If you are taking a classroom course and you wish to register online, please click here. To register in-person, by phone, by fax or by mail, please click here and follow the directions. Confirmation of your registration and classroom assignments will be mailed or emailed to you upon receipt of your registration.

Online Courses: If you are taking an online course it is required that you register online. However, please note that the online registration system for online courses is different than our online registration system for classroom courses. Please see the directions below to register online.
1.     Visit our Online Course Instruction Center:
2.     Choose the department (Business) and the program area (Nonprofit or grant Writing) and then the course title you are interested in and select the Enroll Now button. Follow the instructions to enroll and pay for your course.  Here you will enter your e-mail and choose a password that will grant you access to the Online Classroom. 
3.     When your course starts, return to our Online Instruction Center and click the Classroom link. To begin your studies, simply login with your e-mail and the password you selected during enrollment.

Career Seminar

Not sure if this program is right for you? Unsure that this is even the right career for you? If so, then you should attend our free seminar, "Your Career in Nonprofit Management: Find Out How You Can Make a Difference". The seminar is usually offered two-three times a year in the evening, in September, January and May. Click here to register for the free career seminar.

Mailing List/Request a Catalog

The schedule of classes comes out in our catalog which is mailed twice a year (January and July) to students who have made an inquiry or registered within the last 6 months. However, the most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the program webpage. We will also email you monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you have provided us with an email address. Request a catalogJoin our mailing list.


Should you have any questions, contact Louis Cino at or call 516.323.3549.

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Continuing Education and Professional Development
1000 Hempstead Avenue Siena Hall, Room 106 Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002