School of Education and Social Policy

Community-Based Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Nonprofit Leadership (online)

Enhance your professional qualifications and career options. 

You’ll develop professional knowledge and skills for your current position or new career options, in areas such as fundraising, community relations, volunteer management, diversity training, and leadership in schools, colleges, and community organizations.

This online, three-course, 12-credit graduate certificate provides the tools you need to:

  • understand the broader landscape of community nonprofits
  • learn management and leadership skills specific to nonprofit organizations
  • acquire the development techniques needed to sustain an organization over time 

It’s easy to get started.

Our flexible options offer you the convenience of earning graduate credits at your own pace.

  • Online classes allow you to complete your coursework from anywhere
  • Start in spring, summer or fall terms
  • There is no specific order in which you must take the courses.

Credits earned in the certificate program may also serve as a stepping stone toward the Master of Education in Community Education at Merrimack if you later choose to further advance your career goals.

The next online class begins January 16, 2020. Apply now

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What You’ll Take

ED 691G: Community Engagement Theory and Practice

This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement, including civic and community engagement, service learning, community-based research in K-12 and higher education, and community-based education and learning. It explores key pragmatic issues such as planning and implementing community partnerships, developing service learning courses, and identifying outcomes for students and sites, as well as core theoretical issues such as community capacity building, reciprocity, sustainability, and ethical engagement.

CME 521G: Management and Leadership in Non-Profits

This course provides an overview of leadership and management issues pertinent to the nonprofit sector. Topics include human resource development, program development, financial resource management, and organizational learning. The course also focuses on leader qualities and career paths in the nonprofit sector.

CME 540G: Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Development

This course examines the critical role of fundraising and development in nonprofit organizations and other community settings. Students will have the opportunity to develop a grant proposal. Students will become knowledgeable about a wide range of fundraising strategies and techniques, such as capital campaigns and event planning. They will consider related issues including branding, community relations, and use of social media.

Course Availability*

Course Spring 2020 Summer I 2020 Summer II 2020 Fall 2020
ED 691G X     X
CME 521G   X    
CME 540G     X  

 *Course availability starts in January 2020. Please note that enrollment and offerings may change.

Admission Requirements

You must have a completed bachelor’s degree to apply. 

You must also submit: 
  • Online application 
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all previous studies

You should already be in a professional leadership role when enrolling in the certificate program. If your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide proof of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS results in accordance with Merrimack’s policy).

Application Deadlines

Term Starts Application Deadlines
Spring 2020 Jan 16, 2019 Jan 9, 2020 (Domestic)
Dec 10, 2019 (International)
Summer I 2020 May 18, 2020 May 11, 2020 (Domestic)
April 20, 2020 (International)
Summer II 2020 July 6, 2020 Jun 29, 2020 (Domestic)
Jun 5, 2020 (International)
Fall 2020 Sept 1, 2020 Aug 24, 2020 (Domestic)
Jul 27, 2020 (International)
Questions? Contact Our Team

Alexandra Harrigan
Office of Graduate Admission

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We are partnering with Campus Compact to support the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program.  

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