Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation

Through a partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national collaborative of nonprofit, academic, and private partners, the Department of Social Work and Human Services offers an academic experience-based approach to preparing students for administrative and leadership roles in the growing nonprofit sector. You must meet the criteria for acceptance into the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate program (see Campus Executive Director). Completing this Certificate’s requirements can also result in you receiving national credentialing (Certified Nonprofit Practitioner).

You will acquire academic and on-the-job education in ten (10) core competencies including:

  • Communication
  • Marketing, & Public Relations
  • Cultural Competency & Diversity
  • Financial Resource Development and Management
  • Foundations and Management of the Nonprofit Sector
  • Governance, Leadership & Advocacy
  • Legal & Ethical Decision Making
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Program Development
  • Volunteer & Human Resource Management
  • Future of the Nonprofit Sector


KSU Nonprofit Management and Social Innovationstudents in the classroom
  • Program Snapshot

    Required Courses: (18 credit hours) 

    • HS 2200: Fundamentals of Nonprofits
    • HS 3650: Governance, Advocacy, and Leadership in Nonprofit
    • HS 4100: Grant Writing and Fundraising
    • HS 4200: Human Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
    • HS 4950: Advanced Internship for Human Services Professionals

    HS 4950 Advanced Internship for Human Services Professionals may be substituted for non-degree seeking students with significant work experience or for non-Human Service majors enrolled in an equivalent course through the student’s major degree program upon approval by the Campus Executive Director of the KSU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate Program. * Students enrolling in HS 4950 should register for the nonprofit administration section.

    Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)
    Select two from the following (or two other courses with approval of the Campus Executive Director)

    • HS 3600: Program Development and Evaluation
    • HS 3800: Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
    • HS 3850: Introduction to Nongovernmental Organizations and Development
    • HS 4300: Education Abroad in Human Services
    • HS 4490: Special Topics in Human Services
    • MGT 3100: Management and Behavioral Sciences
    • POLS 3343: Principles of Public Administration
    • SOCI 3304: Social Organization
    • MKTG 3100: Principles of Marketing

Total Number of Credit Hours: 24


Department of Social Work and Human Services

Kennesaw State University
Department of Social Work and Human Services
Prillaman Health Sciences, Suite 3200
Mail Drop #4103
520 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA  30144-5591

Phone: 470-578-6630

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