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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

WKU Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration


This 100% online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration requires 12 credit hours. It is designed to increase student knowledge and preparedness for careers in the nonprofit sector. Guided by national curricular guidelines, the focused program addresses current issues and skills relevant to the nonprofit organizations. Whether you are staff, a director, administrator, board member, volunteer or simply looking to enter the field, this program is designed with you in mind. The certificate can be obtained through online courses on a part-time or full-time basis! 

Those who benefit from this program include:

  • Nonprofit professionals interested in continuing their education. 
  • Community members interested in serving the nonprofit sector (e.g. Board of directors, committees).
  • Students preparing for careers in the nonprofit sector.

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Adequate preparation in the field of study.
  • Application & Fee
  • Transcript Record
  • The GRE or GMAT IS NOT required for admission into this program.

Application Process

1. Apply for admission

  • Visit the WKU Online Admission Page for more information.
    • There is a $65 application fee.
  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Graduate Application
    • Under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:
      • Category of Study >>> Certificate
      • Planned Course of Study >>> Nonprofit Administration

Earning a Graduate Certificate as part of a master's degree: Building your program in such a way that allows you to earn a graduate certificate as part of your master's program is an excellent way to build an area of emphasis into your program.However, please note the following:

  • Each program requires a separate application. Once your first application is processed, you will apply for the remaining program. All of your information should be on file, which will make the second application a much easier process.
  • Please note on your second application that you will be pursuing a grad certificate as part of your master's program, and would like your master's to remain your primary program.  

2. Submit Required Materials:

    • Request at least one official transcript showing the completed degree from accredited institutions other than WKU.
    • The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School. 
    • Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Graduate Admissions. 
      • You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail.
  • For additional information on university admission requirements please visit the Graduate School Admission Page.

Deadlines for Admission Applications & Transcripts

  • Fall Semester: Rolling Admission
  • Spring Semester: Rolling Admission

Required Core Courses (12 hours)

Please Note: Course schedule is in parenthesis and subject to change.

  • RSA 560: Issues in Nonprofit Administration (Fall and Spring)
  • RSA 565: Nonprofit Grant Writing and Fundraising (Fall and Spring)
  • RSA 570: Fiscal Administration in the Nonprofit Sector (Spring and Summer)
  • RSA 585: Nonprofit Practicum (Summer)

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • Students admitted to graduate studies at WKU can elect to pursue the graduate certificate by itself or with advisor approval in conjunction with a masters program in a specific discipline.

Department Contact

Program Coordinator: Dr. Raymond Poff
Email: raymond.poff@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2498
Department Website:wku.edu/nonprofit/graduate.php

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 9/4/20