In the fast paced changing sector of nonprofit management, conscious leadership to meet challenges is essential for a future of greater possibilities.  Collective initiative and strategic management skills brings enhanced value to all aspects of nonprofits.  Let us help you make a difference.

Nonprofit organizations have great social significance, providing a range of goods and services not provided by business or government.

Many of us are drawn to nonprofit work due to a dream of helping others or the desire to advance a compelling cause. In today's dynamic, competitive environment, passion alone is not enough to fulfill an organization's promise. Instead, successful nonprofits employ management practices that have proven to be effective in many organizations. Southern Oregon University offers you the chance to learn and apply these practices while earning a certificate in nonprofit management.

The nonprofit sector is composed of many diverse organizations addressing a wide range of issues. These organizations are dedicated to protecting the environment, supporting theater and the arts, providing social services, ensuring adequate health care, providing opportunities for recreation, and much more. This sector has seen tremendous growth in recent years, resulting in a significant demand for professionals with training and experience to meet the unique needs of nonprofit organizations.  Nonprofit management disciplines emphasized include the following: financial management, organizational and board leadership, marketing, fundraising, volunteerism, public relations, human resource management, and program planning.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management  program equips students with the management skills necessary to obtain entry-level management positions within nonprofit organizations. The certificate program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students. To be awarded this certificate, students must meet Certificate in Nonprofit Management  program requirements and requirements for a BA or BS degree at SOU or the transfer equivalent.


The Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is open to all majors.  The certificate program is cross-disciplinary, taking advantage of the education students have received through a variety of majors, including the arts, business, english, environmental studies, psychology, political science, sociology, music, and theatre, and more.  The program requires the completion of 32 credits, consisting of six required core courses, a four-credit internship and four credits of an approved elective.

Degree Integration

The certificate compliments any major and can help students match their passion with action.  Students must complete 120 internship hours. The internship includes a combination of coursework and documented service work in a nonprofit agency.  The Certificate in Nonprofit Management coordinator can help students find just the right internship through planning, preparation, and placement. 

Admission to Certificate Program:

Details of current course requirements are available in the SOU online catalog. The complete program curriculum for the 2015-2016 catalog is available at this link: Nonprofit Management Curriculum.

To earn a School of Business certificate, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be admitted to Southern Oregon University as an undergraduate student and concurrently complete your bachelor's degree.

  2. Have earned a BA or BS degree and be admitted to Southern Oregon University as a post-baccalaureate student.

  3. Be admitted to a Southern Oregon University graduate program.

Learn More

For more information about the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, contact the certificate coordinator, Jane Picknell.

Jane Picknell
Certificate in Nonprofit Management

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 552-8018