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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

Class Type:
$625 /credit hour
Next Start Date:
August 30, 2022
Program Options:
Graduate Certificate
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)

Prepare to organize, create, and manage organizations, or programs and projects, working to inspire and lead social change. You can change the world and we can help you learn the skills to lead. 

  • 15 semester hours of course work
  • Select electives that meet your goals and interests
  • Add-on to a graduate degree
  • Online, once-a-week courses
  • Gain skills in managing people and finances and leading healthy organizations

Course Information and Schedule

Students should plan their curriculum with at least three MBA/OLS courses and at least one PAX course:

Required courses:

  • OLS 510: Leadership and Management for the Common Good
  • PAX 564: Developing Healthy Organizations or OLS 530 Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 560: Stewardship, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship

Elective courses* (select two):

  • OLS 515: Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • MBA 523: Human Capital Development
  • MBA 647: Strategic Marketing Management
  • OLS 665: Project Management and Grantwriting
  • PAX 601: Mediation and Negotiation
  • PAX 610: Facilitation: Process Design & Skills for Dialogue, Deliberation and Decision Making
  • PAX 676: Restorative Justice Practices
  • PAX 588: Nonviolent Mobilization for Social Change

*Other graduate courses may be proposed to the certificate advisor for consideration.

What Students Say About This Certificate

“The graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership was a wonderful way to integrate my experiences in grassroots peacebuilding and organizational leadership. This interdisciplinary and collaborative program welcomed critical reflection and experiential learning alongside professional colleagues. My ability to obtain this certificate as part of the MA in Conflict Transformation was encouraged, vocationally practical and speaks to EMU’s shared philosophy of applied leadership for the common good. I have been able to apply my learning in both a local and global context with new skills, new colleagues and new understanding.”

-Andrew Nussbaum, MA in conflict transformation

This graduate certificate is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort between the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) programs.

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