Apply for a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

For new students, the application process for the Nonprofit Certificate program is online. You will need to create electronic copies (in PDF format) of your transcripts, your statement, and your résumé 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.

An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution, the UO is committed to cultural diversity. As such, we encourage all interested candidates 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.

Currently enrolled graduate students interested in completing the certificate concurrently should contact Bob Choquette for application procedures to the Nonprofit Management Certificate program.

If admitted into the program, you will be expected to maintain a 3.00 grade point average.

We encourage prospective students to visit us. Learn more about the program and meet current faculty and students by attending a scheduled Graduate Info Session or arranging an individual visit.

How To Apply

  1. Complete the 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. To avoid paying a second application fee, look for the checkbox on the application form to indicate that you are applying for more than one program. After you select the Certificate program, be sure to select Premasters or Postmasters at the next screen.

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  1. Résumé: Include a comprehensive résumé showing your employment experience and education.
  2. Statement: Prepare a statement specifying your professional goals and explaining how completing the certificate will contribute to you attaining these goals. This should be two to three pages, double- or single-spaced, 1" margins, 12-point font. The written statement is evaluated closely to determine the certificate program's relevance to your education and career goals. The statement is also used to evaluate your writing ability.
  3. Transcripts: Supply current transcripts showing all grades you received in courses taken toward a bachelor's degree and any other college-level work. Send official degree transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  4. Letters: Include two letters of recommendation. These can be from either academic or nonacademic sources on the recommender's business letterhead or using the Report on Graduate Applicant Form.
  5. Test scores: 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").


You are responsible for making sure that all the application materials reach the PPPM 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. You will be notified by mail of your status as soon as the committee has completed its deliberations.

For more about admissions, contact:

Bob Choquette
Graduate Coordinator
School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
Hendricks Hall | 1209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1209
541-346-3851 |

For more about the certificate curriculum or advising, contact:

Dyana Mason, PhD
Director, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
Hendricks Hall | 1209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1209
541-346-2324 |

Find additional program information in the UO Course Catalog.