Department of Social Work and Human Services

Requirements & Qualifications

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate Program

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate program is an academic program with an experience-based approach to preparing students for administrative and leadership roles in the growing nonprofit sector. Our program offers students specialized academic and on-the-job training to prepare for administrative and executive roles in nonprofits. The program draws students from a variety of academic backgrounds including: Human Services, Accounting, Communications, History, English, Marketing, Computer Services, Performing Arts, Psychology and other degree programs.

Completion of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate requirements result in students receiving national certification from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national collaborative of nonprofit, academic and private partners. Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program participants acquire an academic and on-the-job education in 13 core competencies: board/committee development, fundraising principles and practices, community outreach/marketing and public relations, diversity awareness, ethics and values, historical and philosophical foundations, information management and technology, nonprofit accounting and financial management, nonprofit management, program planning, implementation and evaluation, risk management and legal issues, human resource and volunteer management, and youth and adult development.

Certification Requirements

  • Nonprofit Competencies: identified and validated by the nonprofit sector, the competencies outline the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to lead and manage a nonprofit organization.

  • Internship Experience: 300 hour internship or professional employment with a nonprofit organization.

  • Leadership and Service Activities: demonstrated community leadership skills in diverse situations.

  • Alliance Management/Leadership Institute (AMI) National Conference Attendance.

  • Actively participate in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Student Association.

  • Baccalaureate Degree or enrollment in a KSU major leading to a Baccalaureate Degree.


Interested students may enroll in this program by contacting the Campus Executive Director of the KSU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance who is housed in the Department of Social Work and Human Services. KSU students must have:

  • Earned and be able to maintain a cumulative adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher (or have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution).

  • Completed all General Education course requirements, unless the student already possesses an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

  • Completed a 150-word personal statement describing his/her interest in the certificate program and how the certificate program will benefit his/her future career trajectory.