Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Policy


USC Price is proud to support students brimming with passion and commitment expand their opportunities in the nonprofit sector.  Given the increasing importance of nonprofits in society and their role in forming and influencing public policy, the USC Price graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management equips students with the skills to catalyze nonprofit organizations and advance their work.

The certificate in nonprofit management and policy consists of 16 units of graduate course work:

Required courses (16 units)

Core Courses (12 Units) Units
PPD 675 Nonprofit Management and Leadership 4
PPD 687 Strategic Management in the Nonprofit Sector 4
PPD 689 The Voluntary Nonprofit Sector and Public Policy 4

Elective Course

Students select 4 elective units. The elective course(s) may be taken from within the Price School course offerings or in other USC units. To ensure relevancy, elective selections must be approved by the faculty advisor for the certificate.

Up to 10 units of the certificate may be applied to both the certificate and the core requirements or electives in the Master of Public Administration program. Up to 12 units may be applied toward both the certificate and the core or electives in the Master of Public Policy program.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Current USC Graduate Students — Applicants for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC (and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA ) need only to submit the appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program, which may be obtained from the student services advisor in RGL 102.

Prospective Applicants — Applicants who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application at the USC Graduate Admission website.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended sent directly to our office:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions
650 Child’s Way – RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA 90089

2. Resume (upload via online application)

3. Letter of Recommendation (uploaded via online application)

November 1 – Spring Semester
April 1 – Summer Semester
July 1 – Fall Semester

Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at [email protected] for more information.