University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Nonprofit Certificate Application Procedures


Required Application Materials for Admission

The application process for the Nonprofit Certificate program is an online process. You will need to create electronic copies (in PDF format) of your transcripts, your statement, and your resume for uploading. We encourage you to begin the online application process  - you may return later and complete the process as you gather the necessary application materials. If money is to be sent by Wire Transfer, please fill in this linked PDF Wire Transfer form and call the Cashiers Office to let them know it is coming.

Currently enrolled graduate students interested in concurrent degree program, please contact for application procedures to the Nonprofit Management Certificate program.

Application Checklist:

  1. University of Oregon Graduate Admission Application. * If you are applying to more than one program at the University of Oregon, you must complete one Graduate Admission Application per program. There is a checkbox on the application form, to avoid paying a second application fee. After you select the Certificate program, be sure to select Premasters or Postmasters at the next screen.
  2. A comprehensive employment and educational resume.
  3. A typed statement expressing a clear specification of your professional goals, and an explanation of how completion of the certificate will contribute to the attainment of these goals (two to three pages, double- or single-spaced, 1" margins, 12pt font). The written statement is extremely important. It is evaluated closely to determine the certificate program's relevance to an applicant's education and career goals. The statement is also used to evaluate the applicant's writing ability.
  4. Current transcripts of all grades in courses taken toward the bachelor's degree and of any other college-level work. Official degree transcripts send to office of Admissions.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. The letters can be from either academic or nonacademic sources on the recommender's business letterhead or using the PDF form here.
  6. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required; however, if you think it will strengthen your file you may submit your GRE score. Please request GRE scores to be sent to university code "4846 UO" and program code 4801"Public Administration." We do accept the GMAT score instead of GRE (use code "KSQ").

Keep in Mind

Deadlines: You are responsible for making sure that all the application materials reach the department prior to the application deadlines. We are unable to consider incomplete files. Please retain a copy of the materials for your records. Once the file is complete, the application will be reviewed for admission. Deadlines for application are the first day of August (Fall term start), November (Winter term start), February (Spring term start) and May (Summer term start).

The Nonprofit Certificate Admissions Committee meets after each application deadline to evaluate application materials. Each applicant is notified by mail of his or her status as soon as the committee has completed its deliberations. Admission is based on the applicant's nonprofit sector experience or interest, the content of the statements describing professional goals, and the relationship of the program to his or her achievement. A student admitted into the program is expected to maintain a 3.00 grade point average.

Student Recruitment

The department strongly encourages applications from individuals regardless of race, age, sex, religion, or physical handicap. We strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. We recognize that affirmative action and equal opportunity begin with the recruitment process of potential professionals. We also recognize the need for students to develop a capacity to function in organizational settings with diverse work forces, clients, and other groups.

For more information:

Bob Choquette
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
1209 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1209
Telephone: (541) 346-3851

Download a printable version of these admission guidelines here (PDF)

Useful information about the University of Oregon can be found in the University of Oregon Catalog and the Graduate Admission Supplement. The catalog is available online:

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This page updated April 4, 2016 (add Wire Transfer form)