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Certificate Nonprofit Administration

Certificate of Nonprofit Administration (CNA)

The Certificate of Nonprofit Administration (CNA) is intended for students who are new chief executives, currently in a senior leadership role in a nonprofit, or those moving into the sector from business or government, to help accelerate careers and enhance professional growth.

With intimate class sizes taught by a mix of faculty and practitioners who are experts in their discipline, students will receive personal attention to gain the knowledge, skills, and frameworks required to be effective and impactful nonprofit leaders.

Offering convenient evening classes, students in the 15-hour certificate program can continue in their current careers, greatly increasing their knowledge of nonprofit management by developing leadership skills they can apply immediately.

The Nonprofit Administration tuition rate reflects John Carroll's commitment to supporting individuals dedicated to serve at local and national nonprofit organizations.

For more information, please contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services at (216) 397-4248. You can find up to date cost of attendance for graduate students here

  • The certificate program consists of two required courses and three electives (15 credits total)
  • Courses are selected by the student, with input from the director to ensure alignment with the student's professional goals.
  • Credits can be used toward earning a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Administration.

Nonprofit Administration Program Highlights

1.5 million

There are 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

Why A Certificate of Nonprofit Administration from JCU?

At JCU, dedication to social justice and community responsibility is our DNA, making the university the ideal fit for those serving the nonprofit sector.

Our intimate-sized, evening classes with fellow working professionals from northeast Ohio will allow you to build your network as you collaborate on projects. You'll also receive personal attention from faculty, augmented by practitioners who are experts in their discipline, all who will help you to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills you can put into practice immediately.

Five Courses

Two Required, Three Electives


Required Courses:

  • NP 501 – Overview of Nonprofit Administration
  • NP 575 – Board and Executive Leadership

Elective Courses: Select three courses from the following (9 Hours):

  • NP 504 – Social Entrepreneurship
  • NP 510 – Internship in Nonprofit Administration
  • NP 515 – Leadership and Management
  • NP 520 – Advocacy and Nonprofit Administration
  • NP 530 – Professional Communications for Nonprofit Administrators
  • NP 540 – Fundraising for Nonprofit Administrators
  • NP 541 – Advanced Fundraising for Nonprofit Administrators
  • NP 550 – Public Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation for Nonprofits
  • NP 555 – Cultural Diversity
  • NP 563 – Nonprofit Marketing
  • NP 570 – Strategic Decision Making
  • NP 580 – Independent Study
  • NP 595 – Integrative Capstone Project
  • AC 572 – Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
  • EC 501 – Economics for Nonprofit Managers
  • MK 521 – Principles of Marketing
  • MHR 588 – Strategic Human Resource Management, OR
  • MHR 589 – Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
  • MHR 591 – Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

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