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Gaining skills in nonprofit

Students, whether current professionals or those seeking credentials, will gain skills and knowledge that will prepare them to enter the nonprofit sector. This certificate will prepare them to enter the industry as professionals or board members at a critical time.


The certificate is designed as a stand-alone course of study or as an additional credential earned during the pursuit of a graduate degree. Topics include differences between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in regard to fundraising and development, managing a blended workforce of paid staff and volunteers, public image, accountability and measures of success. 



Required courses (6 credit hours):

  • MGMT 5093: Business and Nonprofit Organizations
  • MGMT 5163: Fundraising for Nonprofits

Electives (6 credit hours - select two of the following):

  • MGMT 5023: Sustainable Enterprises
  • MGMT 5031: Leading Organizational Change
  • MGMT 5051: Creating Ethical Work Places
  • MGMT 5061: Managing Confrontations
  • MGMT 5083: Business and Social Responsibility
  • MGMT 5533: Leadership Challenges
  • MGMT 5563: Crisis in Organizations
  • MGMT 5713: Negotiation and Third Party Dispute Resolution
  • EEE 5213: Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology
  • EEE 5403: Social Entrepreneurship
  • EEE 5603: Supporting Emerging Enterprises


Admissions requirements and deadlines

For fall admission, application must be complete by July 1 of the same year.


For spring admission, application must be complete by December 1 of the prior year.


All transcripts from bachelor degree studies as well as a CV/resume must be submitted by the deadline in order to be reviewed for admission. Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be reviewed. This application does not require recommendation letters, purpose statement or entrance exams such as the GMAT or GRE.

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Cost and Assistance

Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students

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