Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management

The Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management is a program designed for leaders and key management staff working in the not-for-profit environment.

The program is delivered entirely online.

Program Overview

Two-Year Certificate Program (15 credit hours)

This program is open to the public.

The Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management, which is delivered entirely online, covers significant themes of not-for-profit business management and administration: human resources, program design and management, financial management, strategic planning and leadership, approaches to not-for-profit management in the Canadian context, and monitoring and evaluation.

Learning Objectives 

At the conclusion of the certificate program, participants will be able to:

  1. Comply with established and generally accepted financial, employment, and operational practices and laws.
  2. Work with others– staff, volunteers, board members– in collaborative and joint efforts to
    identify needs, solve problems, and design and manage services, programs, and projects.
  3. Demonstrate effective management and leadership practices and behaviours.
  4. Use effective and appropriate oral, written, and listening skills with colleagues, employees, volunteers, community members, etc.
  5. Design programs, projects, and services to meet identified needs, measure and evaluate impact, and report on outcomes.
  6. Analyze financial statements to determine alignment and success in meeting identified strategic and business goals.
  7. Prepare budgets to ensure sound use and oversight of financial resources.
  8. Write and present professional program proposals and grant applications.
  9. Lead teams and be an effective team member.
  10. Demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, openness, and confidence to manage change.
  11. Manage personal interactions and interpersonal communication and resolve conflict with staff, volunteers, and others appropriately and professionally.
  12. Align business plan to strategy, and strategic plan to mission, vision, and values of their organizations.
  13. Demonstrate creativity and innovation in executing strategy, addressing community priorities, and staying relevant to the mission, values, and context of their organizations.
  14. Understand and assess risk potential (defined broadly) at the program and organizational level so that their organizations can respond early enough to avoid a crisis.
  15. Understand, abide by, and support the governance and legal structure of their organizations.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 15 credit hours as outlined below.

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

MGT201 Human Resource Management in Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 credit hours)
This course examines the fundamental challenges of managing human resources in the not-for-profit workplace. Topic areas to be covered include: strategic human resource planning, compensation, recruitment and selection, performance management, operating in a unionized environment, and others.

MGT202 Program Design, Proposal Writing, and Project Management in Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 credit hours)
The first half of this course examines the effective delivery of projects and programs in a not-for-profit setting. Topics to be covered include: program design and planning, securing resources, proposal writing (including grant applications), and program evaluation. The second half of this course focuses on both the technical and leadership sides of project management. Topics include: scope and activity planning, scheduling, budgeting, risk management and communication, and project monitoring and evaluation.

MGT203 Financial Management in Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 credit hours)
This course examines the fundamentals of financial management including an overview of basic accounting and finance models and concepts. Topic areas to be covered include: recording and reporting financial transactions, basic financial analysis, cash flow and capital budgeting, financial planning, evaluation, and control. Note that this course is designed for not-for-profit managers without formal background in financial management.

MGT204 Strategy and Leadership in Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the integration of strategy and leadership in a not-for-profit setting. Topic areas to be covered include: strategic planning and monitoring, strategic analysis, change management, effective leadership, organizational innovation, ethics, politics, effective communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and global leadership.

Elective Courses (3 credit hours; choose one):

MGT206 New Approaches to Non-Profit Management for the Canadian Context (3 credit hours)
This course examines the legal foundations, the unique governance and human systems, and the resource requirements of the special entity called a not-for-profit organization within Canada. Areas to be covered include: best practices, trends in communications, fund development, and risk management. It is designed to integrate theoretical discussions and one’s experience in the field.

MGT207 Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Not-for-Profit Organizations (3 credit hours)
This course examines the theories, methods, and practices for effective and responsive program planning that involve multi-stakeholder collaboration and ongoing evaluation. Topics include: process-oriented approaches such as iterative and continuous evaluation processes, monitoring and measuring quantitative and summative data, strategies for involving community and private sector involvement, and establishing systems of accountability and transparency.

Course Sequence

Contact Us

For more information about the School for Continuing Studies, contact us. 
Email: SCS@BoothUC.ca
Phone: 1-204-594-6130 
(toll-free) 1-877-942.6684 x 130
Fax: 1-204-942-3856
SCS staff

Admissions Requirements

Apply Now

Program Availability 

The Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management program is offered annually, typically starting in spring or summer. Potential candidates are encouraged to apply 3 months in advance. Late applications will be accepted within a reasonable time frame.


Booth University College is proud to offer affordable Christian higher education through our School for Continuing Studies programs.

Course Directory