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NonProfit & Public Management Certificate

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Management Certificate

Program Description

Prepare for careers in the public sector while gaining the skills to work with boards, donors, and government agencies. The Nonprofit and Public Management certificate program explores the role of nonprofits and the public sector in society. You’ll learn how to write a grant proposal, create and administer budgets, and read and interpret financial reports. You’ll also learn to work more effectively with people from diverse cultures and build consensus in a public management setting. The certificate program is offered via online and evening/weekend classes.

What Is a Nonprofit Organization?

A nonprofit is a tax-exempt organization that provides goods or services that serve the public interest. Examples of nonprofit organizations include hospitals, universities, churches, and foundations (a not for profit corporation is another type of nonprofit). A 501(c)(3) is a nonprofit organization that is recognized by the IRS as being tax-exempt due to its charitable programs. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States.

What Is Public Management?

Public management involves the process of developing and implementing policies that aim to benefit the public. Public management is also concerned with the delivery of public services, often taking a private sector, market-driven approach to the operation of government. 

Cambridge College Nonprofit and Public Management Program Highlights

If you’re looking to begin or advance your career in nonprofit or public management, completing a certificate program can help to open new job opportunities while offering a faster and more affordable alternative to a master’s degree. The nonprofit certificate at Cambridge College is designed specifically to fit the unique education needs of adult learners.

  • Evening, weekend, and online classes. Earn your certificate while balancing work and family time with the help of flexible course schedules designed for working professionals.
  • Real-world experience. As part of your nonprofit management training, you’ll work in cross-functional teams and with a real-life not for profit or public sector client to prepare the organization’s strategic plan over the course of a semester.
  • Experienced faculty. At Cambridge College, you’ll learn directly from nonprofit industry experts, gaining valuable career insights while building your professional network.
  • Exceptional value. Cambridge College offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation for a four-year private nonprofit college, as well as a variety of financial aid opportunities to help with education expenses.
  • Convenient locations. All of our classroom locations are close to public transportation and/or offer free parking for students. Join us for an information session.
  • Diverse people. Cambridge College welcomes over 300 students from more than 50 countries and was recently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in America.

Nonprofit and Public Management Program Learning Outcomes

If you want the chance to make a positive impact through your work, consider a career in nonprofit management or the public sector. When you earn your nonprofit certificate at Cambridge College, you’ll graduate ready to:

  • Manage diverse groups of people, inspire teamwork and morale, and build consensus.
  • Create and administer a budget, and read and interpret financial statements.
  • Work with boards, donors, and government agencies.
  • Write grant proposals.

Nonprofit and Public Management Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 12.3 million jobs in nonprofit organizations in 2016, making up 10.2 percent of total U.S. private sector employment. 

An analysis conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies found that, between 2007 and 2016 nonprofit employment grew by nearly 17 percent, while for-profit employment grew by less than 5 percent. This growth has created a demand for professionals with strong leadership and management skills.

The certificate in nonprofit and public management at Cambridge College will prepare you for advancement into supervisory and management positions in nonprofit and government organizations. Typical job titles include:

  • Program associate or manager
  • Project manager
  • Development associate or manager
  • Client relations manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Executive director

Example Nonprofit and Public Management Courses

Required courses for the Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management include:

  • Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofit and Public Organizations
  • Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations

View the full Nonprofit and Public Management certificate program curriculum

Nonprofit and Public Management Scholarships and Financial Aid

Get help with tuition and other expenses. More than 60 percent of our students receive financial aid, making Cambridge College an even greater educational value.

Grants, scholarships, loans and work-study are available to help with tuition and education costs. Learn more about applying for financial aid at Cambridge College.

Many companies also offer tuition assistance programs that can help to pay for education. Learn more about getting your company to help.


Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re still exploring certificate options, you might be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:


Required Courses
Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofit and Public Organizations
MMG 727 3 credit(s)
Pre-requisite: MMG 514 or equivalent. This course provides an introduction to the basic financial accounting systems used in nonprofit and public organizations. It also focuses on how to use the financial and program data to effectively analyze the costs associated with programs and services provided by the organization. The final area to be covered will be budget preparation and monitoring. The politics of the budgeting process will be examined. By the conclusion of the course the student will be able to effectively participate in the financial decision-making within his or her organization.
Strategic Planning for NonProfit Organizations
MMG 760 3 credit(s)

This course is structured as a live case study. Students will learn through lectures the skills necessary to collect, analyze, and develop recommendations to support a nonprofit organization’s strategic plan. Working in cross-functional teams, students will work with a real-life client and be responsible to prepare their strategic plan over the semester. Topics include: aligning mission, vision and values, performing an environmental scan, analyzing financial statements, building an organizational capacity plan, and improving leadership throughout the organization.

Elective Courses
  • Choose MMG 750 or MMG 770, and
  • Choose two MBA electives or organizational leadership courses, and
  • Choose one 1-credit course
Business, Government and Ethics
MMG 750 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG511, MMG512. This course explores the ethical environment of business and the ongoing relationship between business, government and society. Topics include the development of government regulations and the impact of regulations and likely future developments with an emphasis on ethical considerations.
Grant Writing and ResourceDevelopment
MMG 770 3 credit(s)
This course covers the preparation of proposals to state, federal and local agencies, corporations and private foundations. Students will learn how to prepare successful, competitive grant proposals and realistic, effective project-based budgets. The course will take students step-by-step through each stage of the proposal presentation process from research techniques to polishing the finished product. Best practices in funding research, planning and presentation will be covered. By the end of the course, students will have a prorotype suitable for submission to a funder.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor


  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for the School of Management


Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,308 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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