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Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

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Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

Elevate Your Career as a Nonprofit Leader

The online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is offered through LSU Shreveport. This comprehensive certificate empowers professionals with the skills and expertise needed to lead nonprofit organizations toward success. Our course designers developed the curriculum using the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council’s Graduate Curricular Guidelines, integrated with feedback from nonprofit industry leaders. The online program curriculum focuses on fundraising, board development, grant writing, financial management, and more. Graduates will gain in-demand skills to advance their careers as Development Directors, Program Directors, Executive Directors, Volunteer Managers, or Operations Managers.

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Enhance Your Expertise

Apply all 12 credit hours towards the MS in Nonprofit Administration degree.

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Flexible Program

The 100% online program features a flexible format that is ideal for working professionals.

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Dedicated Support

Receive support from a dedicated Student Success Coach from application to graduation.

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Affordable Tuition

We offer all students competitive tuition rates with no out-of-state fees.

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Nonprofit professionals without a masters degree will find the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration appealing because it is a comprehensive program covering topics in fundraising, financial management, and board development. The program allows students to gain an abbreviated knowledge of nonprofit management at the masters level and students can apply the 12 credits toward completing the 33 credit hour masters program."

Heather Carpenter, PhD
Executive Director, Institute for Nonprofit Administration & Research, Louisiana State University Shreveport

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Cost Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

Total credit hours per program: 12 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $373

Total cost with fees: $4,481

Cost may be reduced if transfer courses apply.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

Courses Credit hours
NPA 602 - Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector 3
NPA 634 - Nonprofit Boards and Leadership 3
NPA 661 - Nonprofit Financial Oversight 3
NPA 662 - Fund Development and Grants 3

Admission Requirements Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree and preparing for more rewarding opportunities. We’ve streamlined the process so you can get started quickly and easily. Students interested in the Nonprofit Administration online degree program must meet the following requirements for admission.

Program Requirements:

  • Submit graduate application and $20 application fee
  • GPA: A minimum 2.5 grade point average on the undergraduate degree (on a 4.0 scale) or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program. Additionally, a 3.0 GPA is required on any graduate work previously attempted with no more than 6 credit hours with a grade of "C" and no grades of "F".
  • Academic Standing: Graduate students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution that they attended.
  • Entrance Exam: No GRE is required.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required official documents

Once your materials have been received, you will receive notification from Graduate Studies and your materials will be forwarded to the graduate director of the Graduate Certificate program.

Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources should be mailed to:

Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to

To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, students must first meet the LSUS Graduate School admission requirements.

Graduate School Admission:

Unconditional Admission: For unconditional admission to graduate study, students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution attended and meet all admission requirements of a degree program and one of the following:

  • Earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university, OR
  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of courses.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required on any graduate work attempted with no grades of D or F.

International Admission:

International applicants must meet regular admission requirements for their selected program. In addition, you may be required to submit additional information. Learn more about international admission requirements.

Career Opportunities Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

  • Development Director
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Program Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Volunteer Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Head of Fundraising

What Will I Learn? Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

Students enrolled in the online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration will learn essential skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Students in this program will learn to do the following:

  • Examine the nonprofit, philanthropic sector, and civil society’s influence on social institutions
  • Analyze effective nonprofit administration practices such as nonprofit boards and leadership, nonprofit finance, fund development and grants, and nonprofit law
  • Enhance the administration capabilities of nonprofit organizations

Why Choose This Program? Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

Why choose LSU Shreveport’ online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration?

LSU Shreveport's online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is ideal for nonprofit professionals interested in advancing their skills and knowledge in the field. The program is entirely online and allows students to complete coursework from anywhere. This format is especially beneficial for working professionals or those with other commitments. This nonprofit administration certificate will prepare graduates for leadership roles in the nonprofit sector and may provide them with a competitive edge in the job market. Additionally, the program is affordable and offers competitive tuition rates to all students.

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