Feb 26, 2024
The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies is an interdisciplinary program which provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for work in the non-profit sector. This certificate program is appropriate for current Southern Miss graduate students who wish to pursue career in the nonprofit sector as well as individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are currently employed in or wish to transition to the nonprofit sector and need additional or specialized training.
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Program Requirements and Academic Policies
The Nonprofit Studies certificate requires completion of five (5) classes or fifteen (15) semester hours. Students must earn a 3.0 GPA for graduation.
See General Degree Requirements and General Academic Information for additional information concerning graduate enrollment and general requirements for certificate programs.
Course Requirements (15 hours)
In addition to the three (3) required courses, all students must complete two (2) electives or six (6) semester hours. Students cannot use courses that are being applied to another certificate program or that are part of a completed degree program if the student has already graduated. Transfer electives from other institutions may not be applied to this certificate.
Students who have taken no graduate level business courses should follow Path A. Students who have completed the Business Foundations Graduate Certificate or the Masters of Business Administration should follow Path B.
Path A: Students who have taken no graduate level business courses should choose two of the following:
Path B: Students who have completed the Business Foundations Graduate Certificate or the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) should take 6 hours of course work in a single discipline as approved by the certificate director. This discipline should be related to the nonprofit sector in which the student is interested in working:
- social services
- human rights and advocacy
- the arts, culture, and history
- education and educational support
- the environment and animal welfare
- health care, education, and research
- international affairs and foreign affairs