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Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Leadership and Innovation

About the Program

Format: Hybrid
Credit Hours: 12
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Leadership, and Innovation (CNMLI) prepares students to successfully lead and manage nonprofit organizations. The CNMLI’s primary mission is to prepare a cohort of technically proficient, ethical and competent leaders that help improve the sustainability and effectiveness of local, state, and, national nonprofit organizations. Students will gain an understanding of the broad questions and issues facing the nonprofit sector as well as the practical managerial and administrative techniques necessary for success.

Specifically, students will understand:

  • The role of the nonprofit sector in a democratic society.
  • The diverse roles of philanthropic institutions in the political, social, and economic environment.
  • The financial realities of nonprofits and the importance of accountability and ethical questions facing nonprofit organizations.
  • The legal framework of nonprofit organizations.
  • The critical issues related to board governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and financial management.

Courses for the CNMLI are offered in a hybrid format that blends online coursework with in-person instruction on the Statesboro Campus.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the CNMLI as a standalone credential must have the following:

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by proper regional accrediting association.
  2. A 2.75 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
  3. College of Graduate Studies application (online)
  4. A current resume detailing relevant work experience.
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience.
  6. Statement of career goals and objectives.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (



Priority: March 15*

Final: August 1*


Priority: October 15*

Priority: January 1*


Does Not Admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Trenton J. Davis, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Department Chair and MPA Director
Professor of Public Administration

Last updated: 1/12/2024