This is the first version of the 2023-24 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy requires a minimum of 21 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. Undergraduate to Graduate (U2G) students may earn the certificate when the undergraduate classification is primary.

Courses are offered on campus and online, allowing distance and online students the opportunity to earn the certificate.

Bachelor of Applied Studies and Bachelor of Liberal Studies students may be able to incorporate certificate courses into their degree programs; students should consult with their advisors.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy requires the following coursework.

Foundation Courses

All of these:
JMC:3710Fundraising Fundamentals3
MGMT:3500/ENTR:3595/MUSM:3500/NURS:3595/RELS:3700/SSW:3500Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
MGMT:4600Nonprofit Ethics and Governance3
One or both of these:
JMC:3720Nonprofit Communications3
MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701/SSW:3600Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3

Nonprofit Internship

It is recommended that students complete at least 9 s.h. from the Foundation Courses list above before taking the nonprofit internship course.

JMC:3700Nonprofit Internship3

Focused Electives

The remainder of the 21 s.h. must be fulfilled by electives.

COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
CW:4745/WRIT:4745The Sentence: Strategies for Writing3
EALL:4130/MUSM:4150Introduction to Grant Writing3
ENTR:2000Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
ENTR:3350Entrepreneurial Strategy3
ENTR:3500Social Entrepreneurship3
EVNT:3154Foundations of Event Management3
EVNT:3260Event Management Workshop3
GHS:4002Working in Global Health3
JMC:3142/IS:3142Social Media for Social Change3
JMC:3530Social Media Marketing3
JMC:3720Nonprofit Communications (if not taken as a foundation course)3
MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701/SSW:3600Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II (if not taken as a foundation course)3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
THTR:3510/INTD:3510Introduction to Arts Management3

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy, Certificate

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
First Year
Any SemesterHours
JMC:3710 Fundraising Fundamentals 3
MGMT:3500 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I 3
MGMT:4600 Nonprofit Ethics and Governance 3
JMC:3700 Nonprofit Internship a 3
Second Year
Any Semester
Nonprofit Communications b
or Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II
Nonprofit Communications b, c
or Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II
Certificate: Elective course b, c 3
 Total Hours21
It is recommended that students complete at least 9 s.h. in foundation courses before taking the nonprofit internship course.
Students must take at least one of JMC:3720 or MGMT:3600, but may take both to count toward the certificate.
Students select elective coursework to total at least 21 s.h. for the certificate. See General Catalog for list of approved courses.