Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

Take the next step toward a career as a leader of a nonprofit or philanthropic organization.

Nonprofit work is challenging—requiring skilled leaders that can use limited resources to accomplish work that benefits all levels of society. At Park University, our Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Certificate is designed to prepare students to manage nonprofit organizations and fulfill their unique missions, while attracting potential funding sources to continue those missions.

If you’re passionate about nonprofit organizations, consider pursuing a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership, so you can become equipped with the skills to effectively manage nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Locations & Learning Options

Students in the Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Certificate program may take face-to-face classes at our Kanas City, Missouri campus and online.

The Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Certificate requires a minimum of 12 completed credit hours. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.


  • Online
  • Gilbert
  • Campus Centers


Dr. James Vanderleeuw

Department Chair and Director, HSPA, Department of Politics & Administration
Professor of Public Administration

Dr. Susan Keim

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Make confident executive decisions with ethical consideration to fulfill nonprofit and philanthropic missions.

As a student in this program, you will develop a strong foundation of knowledge in leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, strategic planning, financial planning as well as the ethical foundations of authority and responsibility. This will prepare you as you pursue a leadership role within a nonprofit organization.


A Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Park University can prepare you for careers as a:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Program Director
  • Chief Development Officer
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Program Highlights

Required courses in leadership development, management and ethics, coupled with electives in social policy and the nongovernment and nonprofit sectors, will further refine your skills.

Related programs

Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.