Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

The Nonprofit Leadership Studies Certificate program is designed to support professionals working in leadership roles and those seeking to advance into leadership roles in the nonprofit sector. In addition, it supports those wanting to transition from government or business into the nonprofit sector. The certificate will help ensure a quality understanding of the role of the nonprofit sector in strengthening civil society. In addition, students will customize the set of courses taken to align with career interests across the field of practice. This program leads to a non-practice credential and is not approved by the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board.

Requirements for Admission
Admission is based on applicants holding an undergraduate degree from an accredited higher education institution. Applicants must comply with the Murray State University requirements (see Graduate Admissions). Additional requirements for unconditional admission are as follows:
• unconditional admission is based on an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
• conditional admission for applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 requires a letter of application to the Program Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program describing the interest in the program. A student who is admitted conditionally must maintain a GPA of 3.0. Failure to do so results in academic probation or academic suspension, per University policy.
Total Course Requirements............................................. 12 hours
Required for the first semester:
NLS 600 The Nonprofit Sector and Civil Society
With academic advisor support, select three of the following courses:
NLS 601 Seminar on Nonprofit Organizations
NLS 602 Financial Resource Management and Development
NLS 625 Nonprofit Organization Development, Management, and Leadership
NLS 665 Policy, Legal Issues, and Advocacy for Social Change in Nonprofit Organizations
NLS 675 Social Entrepreneurship
NLS 685 Seminar on Leadership Development