Advisor: Gregory Plagens
This Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate is designed to develop management competencies for working professionals in public and nonprofit organizations. It is linked to and enables a student to fulfill the Nonprofit Leadership Program’s foundation and professional development competencies and to earn a National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and the corresponding Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. Competency areas cover practical skills for building management capacity of an organization, such as financial management of resources and accountability for performance; governance issues and the legal and ethical environment of nonprofit organizations; human resources; fundraising; and technology and information systems. Course work is focused on management skill development for immediate, practical application of the knowledge gained from the program to nonprofit organizations, rather than on concepts and theory. The program may provide a foundation for further graduate work in business, public administration, health and human service and other disciplines, or extend the skills of professionals who already have graduate degrees, such as a Master’s degree in Public Administration or Social Work.
Applicants must have:
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.25 in the last half of the undergraduate program; the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
A 250-word description of the applicant’s academic and professional history and professional goals in public administration.
A personal interview with the program director is recommended if there are any questions about admission under the criteria above.
Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve EMU Graduate School minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Students with scores below the minimum must take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at EMU to raise their English proficiency to a satisfactory level before beginning courses in the M.P.A. program. These students may be admitted on a conditional basis, subject to successful completion of the ESL requirements. See the Admissions website for minimum scores.
Promising applicants with a minimum of five years of administrative experience who do not meet the GPA requirements for regular degree admission, and who have a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0, may be granted conditional admission. Such applicants must arrange for an admission interview with the program director and submit two letters of recommendation from employers or others who can testify to the applicant’s suitability for the program. Applicants may be granted degree admission after completing at least four courses approved by the program director, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course.
Application information and materials can be obtained from EMU’s Office of Admissions or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. Applications will be processed for Fall (February 15 deadline) and Winter (October 15 deadline) admission, but desired classes may not be available for students and delays in securing official transcripts may also delay admission decisions. As noted above, separate applications must be filed for the M.P.A. program and any certificate programs that a student may be interested in pursuing, even if done concurrently.