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In the four courses that make up the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership you will learn the skills required to oversee the critical processes of any nonprofit, government agency, or community-based program.

Our cutting edge, research-based courses improve your leadership capacity and fast-track your nonprofit career. You will explore real-world case studies, examine management issues, and complete hands-on exercises that include developing fundraising and business plans.


If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree and are admitted to our MS program you’ll already have 12 credits of the 30 required!


UF is ranked No. 8 on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report list of Top Public Schools, and the FYCS online graduate program is ranked #1 Best Online Master's in Human and Family Development Programs of 2018 by Best Colleges. FYCS offers you an exceptional, hands-on education taught by the same faculty who teach on-campus students.


Work on your classes at any time of the day and learn from anywhere with a high-speed Internet connection.


Create a peer-network of emerging nonprofit leaders around the U.S. and the world.


Building your credentials increases your competitive edge for promotions and pay increases.

Certificate Courses

To complete the nonprofit leadership certificate program, students must complete four, online courses for a total of 12 credit hours. The required courses are:

  • FYC 6421, Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • FYC 6026, Human Resource Management for Nonprofits (3 credits)
  • FYC 6424, Fundraising for Community Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • FYC 6425, Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • FAQs

    1. How many credit hours are required for the certificate in nonprofit leadership? 

    12 credit hours

    2. What are the tuition and fees for the certificate program? 

    $524.67 per credit hour (not including textbooks or other additional fees/expenses). The following is a breakdown and comparison of tuition and fees.


    Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Tuition
    1 Credit Tuition Total Program Credits Total Tuition Total Fees Total Tuition and Fees
    $511.35 12 $6,136.20 $159.84 $6,296.04


    Certificate Programs Tuition & Fees Per Credit Hour Compared 
    (Florida Resident)
    (Out-of-State Resident)
    Tuition — Graduate Rate 448.73 448.73 511.35
    Capital Improvement Fund 6.76 6.76 6.76
    Student Financial Aid 22.43 34.51
    Technology Fee 6.56 6.56 6.56
    Activity and Service Fee 19.06 19.06
    Athletic Fee 1.90 1.90
    Health Fee 15.81 15.81
    Transportation Access 9.44 9.44
    Non-Resident Fee
    Non-Resident Student Financial Aid
    Total Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour $530.69 $1,255.41 $524.67

    1Residential students are in-person students

    2Note that these programs are "self-supporting". Per Florida Board of Governor Regulations 8.002, the term "self-supporting" describes a budgetary model and does not impact student financial aid eligibility. Here is the link to the regulation Regulation 8.002

    3. Is financial aid available for certificate students? 

    No, financial aid is only available to degree-seeking students. We suggest talking to your employer about the possibility of continuing education funding.

    4. Do students have to log in at specific times of the day?

    In general, coursework is completed asynchronously. However, many professors host weekly live discussion groups (usually on a voluntary basis).

    5. Is there a login minimum that students need to reach each week?

    The number of login attempts is not measured, but professors tend to structure the coursework to ensure students must log in multiple times each week. For example, it may be structured in such a way that students must log in one day for content, again to complete the work, and again to complete a quiz. On average, students log in 2-3 per week.

    6. What is the lecture format?

    Video lectures are included in courses. These lectures are high-quality videos filmed in a studio. Each video lecture is 20-25 minutes.

    7. Do courses need to be completed in a certain order?

    The order of courses will depend on the semester you start the program. You will work with Nicole Sloan, the Distance Education Coordinator to determine your courses.

    8. How quickly can students expect faculty members to reply to questions? 

    Typically, within 24 hours.

    9. Does UF accept international students?

    Yes, international students are accepted.

    10. Do you have an online library that students can access?

    Yes, Distance Education Students enjoy the same library privileges as on campus students.

    11. Does the University of Florida offer technical support for online students?

    Yes, online students can get help form the e-Learning Help Desk and the e-Libraries Help Desk

    12. What is your online learning platform? 


    13. Does the Online, Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership program accept students using the EEP or State Waiver Programs?

    No, EEP and State Waiver do not cover the Online Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership program as it is a self-funded program. The on-campus (residential) Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Program is eligible for EEP and State waiver benefits.