Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management

The Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management includes online courses covering four significant themes of Salvation Army business management and administration: Human Resources, Program Design and Management, Financial Management, and Strategic Planning and Leadership.

Program Overview

*Two-Year Certificate Program (15 credit hours)

The Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management program at Booth University College’s School for Continuing Studies is designed for Salvation Army personnel and key management staff. The two-year, online certificate will be offered in a cohort structure, with 20 students in each cohort. Salvation Army personnel will be identified by Divisional leadership in conjunction with the Territorial Headquarters leadership development department.

Learning Objectives 

At the conclusion of the Not-for-Profit Management Certificate program, the participants will be able to:

  1. Comply with established and generally accepted financial, employment, and operational practices and laws.
  2. Work with others–officer, staff, volunteer, congregant, board–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 the local ministry units and the broader Salvation Army.
  13. Demonstrate creativity and innovation in executing strategy, addressing community priorities, staying relevant to the mission, values and context of Salvation Army ministry units.
  14. Understand and assess risk potential (defined broadly) at the program, unit and organizational level, so that the ministry unit can respond early enough to avoid a crisis.
  15. Understand, abide by, and support the governance and legal structure of The Salvation Army (boards, governing council, etc.).

Program Requirements 

The Not-for-Profit Management Certificate program consists of four online courses addressing the four primary areas and a capstone course integrating all of the content material. The capstone course is constructed as a series of face-to-face intensive sessions over the two-year period of the management certificate program that will supplement online learning with specific Salvation Army policies and procedures relating to these themes. Additionally, the intensive sessions will serve as the basis for a distinct capstone course engaging certificate participants in a project relevant to their ministry context.


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 a 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.

MGT205 Not-for-Profit Management Certificate Capstone (3 credit hours)
The capstone course consists of a series of three face-to-face sessions over the course of the certificate’s two-year sequence. It is designed to apply specific Salvation Army policies and procedures to the general principles provided in the other courses in the certificate program, concluding with a final project relevant to a Salvation Army ministry unit or region.

“The certificate in Not-for-Profit Management has given me a great toolkit for approaching many of the challenges and task that I face on a daily basis.”

– Jake Aikenhead, Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management graduate

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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
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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.


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