Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Are you employed or otherwise involved in a nonprofit organization and eager to gain valuable expertise that will make your contribution more effective? Our renowned 80-hour series helps nonprofit leaders like you gain and refine the skills needed to strengthen your organizations and achieve your missions. The certificate course provides immediately-applicable training in the core competencies of nonprofit management. It is intended for people who want to make a serious investment in their not-for-profit careers. The program combines the best of face-to-face learning with ongoing discussion via online learning portals. 

Sarah Mutrux

Venues and Dates

Classes meet on Fridays, usually from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, for ten Fridays in a semester. Please see the class schedule for more detailed information about class times.  Class size is limited to 24 participants at each location.

The Fall 2014 series will take place in Montpelier, at the Comfort Inn and Suites at Maplewood, and in Brattleboro at the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Center.  

How do I register?

Registration for the Fall 2014 series is now open

If you would like to request more information or hold a space in this or a future class, please add your name to our Inquiry List

The Learning Environment

Students in the Nonprofit Management Program are active practitioners and leaders in Northern New England's vibrant nonprofit community. Learning takes place in our day-long, face-to-face intensives, and continues outside of class in our online portals.

The certificate course is designed for busy professionals. Most of our students work full-time, many as nonprofit executive directors. To be successful in this class, students must reserve eleven Fridays for the face-to-face workshops at the heart of the program. Students also commit to completing a short reading and participating in an online discussion forum each week. The guideline for homework is "1+1": one hour of preparation for each workshop.

Students can miss two workshops and still successfully complete the certificate course. Excused absences may be made up the following semester, space permitting.

Academic credit

Students who wish to apply learning from the certificate program to a real-world project can enroll in NPM601: The Practicum in Nonprofit Management. Upon successful completion of the practicum course, students receive 3 graduate credits issued by the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Program. These credits can be transferred into Marlboro's MS in Managing Mission Driven Organizations. 

Students can enroll in the practicum concurrently with the certificate program, or in any subsequent semester. The practicum is a guided independent study that challenges students to take the certificate learning to a deeper level by applying the concepts and techniques to a real nonprofit organization. Past projects include everything from designing a Facebook presence for a social service organization to performing a cost-benefit analysis on a daycare program, from developing the agenda for a critical board retreat at an independent school to reimagining the annual fund campaign at a museum. Practicum students complete projects that improve their organizations in exciting and demonstrable ways. 

Students in NPM601 Nonprofit Management Practicum will be charged at the regular 3-credit course total of $1860, but will be credited back the $1400 already invested in the certificate. You can apply for graduate credit by selecting NPM601 on the application form.

If you are interested in exploring the for-credit option, please contact  or phone at (802) 451-7510.

Withdrawal and refund policy

Full refund withdrawal dates

For a full tuition refund, a student must communicate the intention to withdraw to the registrar in writing on the day before the first session.

90% refund withdrawal dates 

For a 90% refund of tuition, a student must communicate the intention to withdraw to the registrar in writing by midnight on the Sunday immediately following the first session.  After that date, no refund of tuition will be paid. 

More information

To find out more about the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, please email Program Coordinator Kim Lier or reach her at (802) 251-7690. To receive regular updates from the program, please subscribe to the Red Clover, our e-newsletter.