Moving into Nonprofit

Regis University’s post-graduate certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership is designed for individuals already in professional careers in business and/or government who are seeking to move into the nonprofit/third sector.
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Executive Nonprofit Leadership Post-Graduate Certificate

Degree Overview

A growing trend today is for professionals to make the personal and professional transition from one sector of employment to another. This trend is particularly evident today in seeing mid- or later-career individuals moving from the business or government worlds to the nonprofit/third sector.

Offered both online and on-campus, Regis University's post-graduate certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership builds upon the already-earned MBA or MPA degree and the existing knowledge and skills to provide critical foundational knowledge for the successful transition from the business/governmental sectors to positions of executive leadership in the nonprofit/third sector.

Applicants for this post-graduate certificate must hold the MBA or MPA degree (or equivalent).

Total Credit Requirements: 12 credit hours (4 courses)

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an enrollment counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 12.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

MNM: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate

Electives

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Nine semester hours selected from:
MNM 648, MNM 670, MNM 612, MNM 647

MNM 601 - Hist/Theory/Future of Nonprofs

Examines origins and societal roles of nonprofit organizations in a global environment including social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues. Addresses types and characteristics of nonprofit organizations, and trends and projections for the future of the third sector.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an enrollment counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

MNM 601 Hist/Theory/Future of Nonprofs (3.00)

Examines origins and societal roles of nonprofit organizations in a global environment including social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues. Addresses types and characteristics of nonprofit organizations, and trends and projections for the future of the third sector.

MNM 612 Advocacy and the Third Sector (3.00)

Examines the rights and responsibilities of nonprofit organizations in the governmental process. Explores the importance of government to the nonprofit organization's mission, the legal parameters of nonprofit involvement and the proper techniques for establishing an effective presence in the political process.

MNM 647 Program Development & Accountability (3.00)

Designs, evaluates and analyzes programs through the utilization of research methods and best practices to determine the effectiveness of programs while at the same time providing accountability to the organization's mission. Utilizes evidence-based and other data to evaluate and develop techniques and strategies that can produce effective program measurement.

MNM 648 Governance and Organizational Leadership (3.00)

Examines accountabilities of nonprofit governance. Analyzes governing board and executive director roles in leading change, decision processes, and modeling ethical behaviors. Explores strategies which position organization for Third Sector leadership.

Pre-requisite: MNM*601 MNM*644

MNM 670 Financial Resource Development (3.00)

Examines the principles, strategies and techniques of resource development. Topics include an overview of resource development from foundations, corporations, government and individuals, proposal writing and presentation, direct mail, conducting special events, and individual major gift programs.

How to Apply

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Materials Needed for Application and Admission

Applicants seeking a post-master's certificate from the College for Professional Studies must possess an MBA or MPA degree (or equivalent) from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

Current or very recent significant engagement in a nonprofit organization (paid or volunteer) and/or access to a nonprofit's leadership team is required.

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing and critical analysis before admission to the post-master's certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership program.

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript within 30 days of the date of application. Official transcript must reflect a baccalaureate degree awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. If official transcript is not received within 30 days you will be unable to register for future courses until the transcript is received. A complete file can be reviewed by faculty with a copy of the unofficial degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

    Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended school to the CPS Admission Office.
  • Current résumé
  • Completed admission essay based on provided topics: Current or very recent significant engagement in a nonprofit organization (paid or volunteer) and/or access to a nonprofit's leadership team is required to provide the contextual praxis framework/filter for your learning process. You should carefully describe and assess your engagement in the third sector in the essay portion of the application. The post-master's certificate program is designed to facilitate the practical application of learned knowledge within the context of leadership practice in a nonprofit organization.
  • Faculty interview
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Application Deadlines*

Term Class Start Date Application Deadline 
Spring 8W2 - 2014 March 3, 2014  February 18, 2014
Summer 8W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014  April 21, 2014
Summer 8W2 - 2014 June 30, 2014  June 16, 2014

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

Tuition

Classroom Tuition by Credit Hour
2013 -2014 Academic Year

Program Estimated Total Program Cost Semester Hours Required Cost per Semester Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Executive Nonprofit Leadership Post-Graduate Certificate $5,775 12 $475 $75

Online Tuition by Credit Hour
2012 -2013 Academic Year

Program Estimated Total Program Cost Semester Hours Required Cost per Semester Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Executive Nonprofit Leadership Post-Graduate Certificate $6,015 12 $495 $75