Nonprofit Professional Certificate (Undergraduate)

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The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) designation is the only national nonprofit management and leadership credential developed with, and recognized by, the nonprofit sector.

The non-profit sector is one of the fastest growing employment opportunities available today. An estimated 50,000 people are needed to fill entry-level positions in the field on an annual basis. Compensation and benefits are becoming more and more competitive with the private sector, and job security is excellent. The national non-profits recognize the need for job enrichment opportunities for their employees and offer many avenues of advancement.

Earning a CNP Certificate

​The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification Program is an innovative, cross-disciplinary course of study that equips college and university students to become skilled professionals and leaders in the non-profit sector. The program is a collaboration between Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Inc., 75 colleges and universities, and 20 major national non-profit organizations.


  • PUAD 3950 I (Fall) and PUAD 3950 II (Spring) Nonprofit Management
  • PUAD 3950 Special Topics
  • Either: RHET 1110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking Or: RHET 2210 Small Group Communication
  • ACCT 2000 Introduction to Accounting
  • Either: MGMT 3141 Principles of Management Or POLS 3338 Principles of Public Administration

Additional Requirements include

  • Complete of Certified Nonprofit Professional Exam
  • Attend Professional Conference Attendance
  • Engage in Nonprofit Internship(s) totaling 300 hours
  • Participate in Nonprofit Leadership Student Association
Why Nonprofit Leadership Alliance?
  • Scholarships
  • Certification in entry-level non-profit management competencies
  • Tested practices and principles through experiential learning
  • One-to-one support, career development, and mentoring
  • Networking with prospective employers
  • Opportunity to test skills and various non-profit roles through internships, co-curricular, and community service activities
  • Potential for references and referrals from agency executive directors, advisory board members, and community leaders
  • Exposure to national non-profit network of partners and career options
  • Inclusion on resume Web site available to all non-profit agencies.
  • Opportunity to meet other Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students throughout the country

Undergraduate certificates may only be earned and will only be awarded in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.  They will not be awarded as an independent credential.

Program Contact Information

Kelley Ditzel Ph.D.
2-10 Arts & Sciences Building
Department of Government and Sociology
Campus Box 018
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-0946