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College Station, Texas 77843-4220


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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Certificate Overview

Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNPM)

Available Online

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management develops leaders for the nonprofit sector, contributes to understanding nonprofit organizations and their role in society, and supports the practice of effective management.

Overview
  • 12 Credit Hour Graduate Certificate Program
  • Courses Offered Online or On Campus
  • Fall and Spring Fifteen-Week Courses, Summer Ten-Week Courses
  • Successful Completion Appears on Texas A&M Transcript
  • Can Often Transfer Credits to a Degree-Seeking Master’s Program
  • 12 Hours Transferrable to a Bush School Master’s Degree

Course Formats

Online courses offer a flexible and interactive format over a traditional fifteen-week semester during fall and spring (ten-week semester during summer), typically requiring online discussion several times a week. All online courses fall under 700 section numbers.

On campus courses at College Station are offered during a traditional fifteen-week semester, typically meeting once a week for three hours. Note: On-campus courses often fill up quickly since priority goes to Bush School degree-seeking master’s students.


Curriculum

To receive a graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNPM), the student must complete 12 credit hours of CNPM courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Two core curriculum courses are required: PSAA 643: Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector and PSAA 644: Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations. Students have the option of selecting an emphasis area (see below). Those who do not select an emphasis area may tailor their own certificate and choose two courses from a variety of options.


Optional Emphasis Areas

CNPM students have the option of choosing an area of emphasis. While selecting an emphasis area is not required, doing so may be beneficial since the emphasis area will be noted on the certificate upon successful completion of the CNPM program.

Students who choose an emphasis are required to take two of the emphasis-specific courses listed under the area they have chosen.

Students may obtain multiple emphasis areas by completing six additional hours of electives (2 courses) while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better.

Emphasis Options
  • Fundraising and Philanthropy
  • Fiscal and Performance Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Health and Human Service Policy
  • International Nongovernmental Organizations

Certificate Courses

Please note that each course is not offered every semester, which may affect completion time for an optional emphasis. All electives listed are available for students to choose from if not pursuing an area of emphasis.

Core Courses (required)
  • PSAA 643 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
  • PSAA 644 Management and Leadership of Nonprofit

Electives (Listed by Emphasis Areas)
Fundraising and Philanthropy
  • PSAA 631: Marketing for Nonprofit organizations
  • PSAA 633: Philanthropy: Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 636: Grant and Project Management in the Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Fiscal & Performance Management
  • PSAA 632: Fiscal Management for Nonprofits
  • PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 648: Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (Prerequisite: PSAA 634 or PSAA 644)
Leadership & Management
  • PSAA 631: Marketing for Nonprofit organizations
  • PSAA 642: Ethics in Public Policy
  • PSAA 648: Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (Prerequisite: PSAA 634 or PSAA 644)
  • PSAA 649: Volunteer and Human Resources in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 669: Legal Environment of Nonprofit Management
Health and Human Service Policy (HHSP)
  • PSAA 616: Managing Workplace Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 635: Social Welfare and Health Policy
International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO)
  • PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 603: Nongovernmental Organization Management in International Settings

Contact an enrollment advisor for upcoming semester course offerings: bushschoolonline@tamu.edu or 1-866-988-2874.


How to Apply
  1. Submit the Application
    New students complete the Apply Texas Application and fill in all fields, including work history.
    Apply Texas Application: http://www.applytexas.org/ Current Texas A&M University Students (U4, U5 or Graduate Classification) concurrently enrolled in a degree-seeking program while pursuing the certificate must complete the Certificate Program Application. Do NOT complete the Apply Texas application. http://bush.tamu.edu/certificate/admissions/ApplicationTAMUStudents.pdf

  2. Send Official Transcripts of All Colleges Attended
    Must be sent directly from the issuing university to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Texas A&M University:

    Graduate Admissions Processing, Office of Admissions and Records
    Texas A&M University
    P.O. Box 40001
    College Station, TX 77842-4001

    Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through PARCHMENT, SPEEDE, eScrip-SAFE or National Clearing House to admissions@tamu.edu Transcripts from any other vendor will not be accepted.

    Domestic new students only: Copies of unofficial transcripts may be sent to the Office of Extended Education for preliminary review while waiting for delivery of official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office. E-mail (bushschoolonline@tamu.edu) or fax (979-862-3196) unofficial copies to the Office of Extended Education for preliminary consideration.

    International new students only: Unofficial transcripts from international institutions cannot be accepted for review. Official international transcripts must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions to begin applicant review.

    All new students: You will not be able to register for classes until your official transcripts are received by the Office of Graduate Admissions at Texas A&M University

  3. Personal Statement (all applicants)

    Applicant must include a statement of approximately 500 words indicating personal interest in some area of homeland security and how s/he might use an enhanced knowledge of this subject. Applicant must also include any courses taken that dealt with homeland security.

    Applicant should include a description professional experiences in any of these areas: emergency management, military, national security, crisis preparedness, cyber security etc.

    Personal statements can be submitted via fax or e-mail to the Office of Extended Education:
    E-mail: bushschoolonline@tamu.edu
    Fax: 979-862-3196


  4. Resume (all applicants)
    Resumes can be submitted via fax or e-mail to the Office of Extended Education.
    E-mail: bushschoolonline@tamu.edu
    Fax: 979-862-3196

  5. Test Scores (all students)

    GRE Scores are required if bachelor’s GPA is below a 3.0 in the final 60 hours of coursework. GMAT will be accepted.

    International Applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency before materials can be reviewed. Acceptable forms of proof can be found at http://admissions.tamu.edu/other/nondegreeseeking.

    Questions? Contact an enrollment advisor
    bushschoolonline@tamu.edu or 1-866-988-2874


Visit the Certificate Admissions Page for more information on the admissions and application process.

Click here for a printable version of the CNPM Certificate Overview.

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"The CNPM program offered at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M offers the most rewarding and "real-life" challenging graduate courses that I have ever experienced. It was the course description and the delivery method that initially caught my attention. The work is hard (I'm not going to lie) and the schedule is demanding... but the payoff - the knowledge learned, is unsurpassable."
— Barbara J. Ward,
Class of 2010


Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


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