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Nonprofit Organizations Concentration and Certificate

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

Students graduating with a concentration or certificate in Nonprofit Organizations will be able to span the boundaries of the nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors to:
  • Assess community needs
  • Navigate the realm of public policy affecting the sector, its clients, and its services
  • Strategically and effectively manage organizations that ultimately benefit society

See what alumni have to say about their experience in the Nonprofit Organizations program in this brief 

Nonprofit Organizations Concentration

The concentration prepares students to become innovative and critical thinkers to operate and manage in the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Organization program’s unique design bridges theoretical knowledge with real-world experience. As 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. 

Beginning in Fall 2016, Nonprofit Concentration students can also earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential, the only national nonprofit credential preparing students for careers in nonprofit management. Click on the CNP link in the left-hand navigation for more information.

Students interested in obtaining a Nonprofit Organizations Concentration 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. View the Nonprofit Organizations degree plan​ for more details.

Students residing in WICHE states: please see information at the bottom of this page.

Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations

The Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations is open to non-degree students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Students can earn the certificate by successfully completing 12 credit hours from courses offered and approved by the faculty of the Nonprofit Organization concentration.

For more information, please fill out an information request form.

* 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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