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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

Nonprofit Organizations

The Nonprofit Program can be taken as either a stand-alone graduate certification program or as a concentration within the school’s Master of Public Administration curriculum.

Non-degree students can earn the Certificate in Nonprofit Organziations by successfully completing 15 credit hours from courses offered and approved by the faculty of the Program Concentration.

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The Nonprofit Concentration prepares students to become innovative and critical thinkers to operate and manage in the nonprofit sector.  The Nonprofit Concentration’s unique design bridges theoretical knowledge with real-world experience.  As our students prepare for the beginning of their careers or advancement in their current positions, they gain insight into the interdependence between the nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors. 

Students graduating with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizations will be able to span the boundaries of the nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors to:

  1. Assess community needs;

  2. Navigate the realm of public policy affecting the sector, its clients, and its services; and,

  3. Strategically and effectively manage organizations that ultimately benefit society

Students interested in obtaining a concentration in Nonprofit Organizations within a Master of Public Administration (MPA) program must apply and enroll in the MPA within the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and must adhere to all master degree program requirements.

Degree plan​

* The Nonprofit Organizations concentration program qualifies for the WICHE Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP).  Students who live in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible for in-state tuition if they complete the Nonprofit Organizations concentration program at the Denver campus of the University of Colorado Denver.  For more information visit the WICHE website. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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