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How long will it take?

The certificate is a 12 credit hour program which can be completed in two semesters.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements


  • Early deadline: February 15
  • Regular deadline: April 1
  • Late deadline: June 1


  • Early deadline: October 1
  • Late deadline: November 1

Summer: Does not admit

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise

The certificate program in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise has two focuses. First, it will cover the skills in management, economic decision-making, marketing, fundraising and financial management that graduates can use (but which they are unlikely to get on the job) in any part of the nonprofit sector: social service provision, education, health, the arts, the environment, international relief or religion. Second, while most nonprofit management certificates have an exclusively practitioner focus, the Andrew Young School program will prepare students interested in pursuing nonprofit studies in graduate programs in public administration, policy analysis or economics.

This certificate will serve two main groups of professionals: those in the nonprofit sector who want to acquire new skills or need a credential to advance professionally, and those outside the sector wishing to enter.

Program Details

A completed application includes the following materials submitted online. Do not submit paper copies:

  1. Submitted Online Application. Online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application Fee:  A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal Statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short, typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write about two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State, and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores (Optional): The GRE of the Educational Testing Service is optional. However, the GRE is strongly recommended for any applicant whose undergraduate grade-point-average (UGPA) is below 3.0. If submitting GRE scores, official scores must be reported to institution code 5251 and received by GA State by the application deadline. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at
  5. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS academic scores.
  6. Upload Transcripts from each Post-secondary College/University Attended:
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application or upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
    • Review requirements for submitting transcripts here.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

The certificate is composed of 12 credit hours of courses, including:

  • Required Core Course (3 credit hours)
  • Approved Electives (9 credit hours)

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This certificate serves the needs of several different groups of professionals:

  • Those already in the nonprofit sector who seek to improve skills in areas not addressed in on-the-job training, such as strategic management, leadership and managerial economics.
  • Those who are moving from government or the private sector into nonprofit organizations and need the skills and credentials appropriate for such a switch.
  • Those who are pursuing non-Andrew Young School graduate degrees, but who desire training in nonprofit management skills.



Many professionals in the nonprofit sector, also known as the Third Sector, seek to improve their skills in ways not available through on-the-job training, such as those in strategic management, leadership theories and managerial economics.

As the nonprofit sector professionalizes, there is increasing demand from employees in the sector for a credential that lies between in-house training programs and actual academic degrees.

The Third Sector’s rise in importance in local and national economies is indicative of a movement of labor out of government and the private sector and in to nonprofit organizations. Sector-changing employees provide a constant source of demand for the skills and credentials appropriate for such a switch.


Public Management and Policy
Phone: 404-413-0107
Fax: 404-413-0104

Office Location:
55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing address:
Department of Public Management and Policy
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992

Program Director
Janelle A. Kerlin
[email protected]

Academic Assistance
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-0021

Office Location:
AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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