New at CPS: Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management

The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Center for Public Service at Portland State University are pleased to announce a new Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management. Currently known as the Graduate Certificate in Public Management, the expanded program represents a new initiative joining our robust collection of nonprofit programs with the public management offerings at the Center for Public Service. This summer we are recruiting our first cohort of students with an emphasis on nonprofit management. Applications are due July 31. 

The new Graduate Certificate draws on a proven cohort model to prepare students for leadership positions in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Over the course of a year (7 courses, 21 credit hours) students will be challenged to examine effective strategies to wrestle with the “wicked” problems affecting the nonprofit sector and society at large. Courses will study issues such as cross-sectoral boundary blurring and shared leadership; new resource development strategies including entrepreneurial activities, grantmaking and philanthropy; and social impact measurement.

Prospective students must have experience in their sector, be highly self-motivated about their education, and be prepared to build strong peer relationships. The intensive format of the program requires students be committed to the full-year of study.

This program is suitable for students with an existing advanced degree, mid-career changers, or those with at least six years of managerial or supervisory experience.

Contact us at for more information about this program or our other offerings: the noncredit Certificates in Nonprofit Management, Development, or Volunteer Program Management; the online Volunteer Leadership and Engagement Program (VELP); the Nonprofit Leaders’ BootCamp; or the MPA with a Nonprofit Specialization.


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