Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector offered by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health is designed for college graduates who wish to understand the role and operation of nonprofit organizations. The certificate is awarded by UMBC and has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

The four courses in the certificate program provide an understanding of the roles of nonprofit organizations in American society, their methods of operation, research methods used to evaluate nonprofit programs, and substantive areas in which many nonprofits provide services.

Classes are offered at various times throughout the day to accommodate different schedules. Most courses are offered at 4:30-7:00 pm one day per week to accommodate students with full-time employment or other obligations.

The certificate is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in any undergraduate major. Courses may be applied to the Master of Arts program in Applied Sociology if admitted.

Students can enter the program either in the fall or spring semesters. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until August 1st for Fall admission and January 1st for Spring admission. If you are not able to submit your application by the dates above and are still interested in applying, please contact Emily Byrne at ebyrne@umbc.edu. Deadlines for international applicants are slightly earlier. Apply here.

This academic program is a participant in the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment program.

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