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Certificate

Mission-Driven Operations and Management

Program operations and organizational management work together to accomplish a nonprofit organization’s mission, vision, and impact. From staffing to performance evaluation, impact measurement to human and financial resourcing, it takes effective structures to manage programs successfully. In this graduate certificate program in Mission-Driven Operations and Management, you’ll examine nonprofit and/or nongovernmental organizational operations, finances, and programming to help further mission impact. You’ll examine community organizing and program evaluation strategies from a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens that demonstrate community impact and mission accomplishment.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate
Tuition

$12,896

6 Course Certificate
Tuition

$19,344

Format
Evening or Online

 
Admission
No GRE or GMAT

 
Duration
As few as 6 months

 
Duration
As few as 12 months

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Free Application

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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Plan, resource, and manage program development for nonprofit and/or nongovernmental

Assess programming design, funding structures, resource allocation, and measured impact

Use evaluation and planning skills to accomplish mission and align operations

Curriculum

Specialized Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Mission-Driven Operations and Management requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).

 

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.
 
4
Concentration Courses
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

NFP 4115 Leading Nonprofit Financial Health
NFP 4230 Participatory Evaluation for Program and Community Impact
NFP 4300 Operational Strategy and Structures
NFP 4305 Nonprofit Program and People Management

Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Mission-Driven Operations and Management requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

 

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.

 

4
Concentration Courses
 
 
2
Elective Courses
 

Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

NFP 4115 Leading Nonprofit Financial Health
NFP 4230 Participatory Evaluation for Program and Community Impact
NFP 4300 Operational Strategy and Structures
NFP 4305 Nonprofit Program and People Management

Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Nonprofit Leadership program include:

HRA 4140 Principles and Practice of Human Resources
ORL 4160 Integrating Personal and Organizational Success
ORL 4170 Developing Human Capital in Organizations
ORL 4190 Values-Driven Decision Making
MALS 4286 Social Media and Digital Marketing for Arts and Culture
COMM 4301 Brand Management Strategies
NFP 4320 Leading Volunteer Programs with a DEI Lens

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Nonprofit Leadership program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

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Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
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6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 2 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 2 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 1 1
6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

Interested in a master’s degree?

Explore our Nonprofit Leadership with a concentration in Mission-Driven Operations and Management.

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We know how important it is to get started when you’re ready and that’s why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Mission-Driven Operations and Management

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found there were nearly 12.3 million jobs in the nonprofit sector, which amounts to 10.2% of employment in the United States. The Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact study found that nonprofits make 11.3% of the state’s GDP and accounts for over 333,000 jobs.

The nonprofit industry is a diverse industry with employers based in large cities to rural areas. Nonprofit professionals can seek employment in healthcare, education, social services, arts and culture, and more.


Job Titles

Director of Operations
Program Director
Program Manager

Operations Managers
Business Manager

 

 

 

 

Non Profit Services Director of Operations Salary​: National Average

$50,000

(Glassdoor.com)

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Nonprofit Fundraising During Tumultuous Times

These times are tumultuous, yet nonprofit organizations still need to move forward to make the world a better place. How are we navigating our organizations and fundraising programs through this time of uncertainty? Let’s come together and discuss how we all can survive and even thrive in these times. In this session, seasoned nonprofit professionals who are Nonprofit Leadership faculty, will address the challenges of creating a fundraising strategy in the age of COVID-19 and practical tips to make your fundraising program work in times of crisis.

Flexible Online Classes

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We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Accreditation


Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

 


Nonprofit Academic Centers Council
The Nonprofit Leadership program at DU's University College is a proud member of several leading nonprofit associations, including the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
 

 

 


Colorado Nonprofit Association
The University of Denver's Nonprofit Leadership program through University College is proud to be a sponsor of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, a valued community partnership for more than a decade.

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