The College of Social Sciences at the University of West Georgia offers a course of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development.  For those already employed in the non-profit sector, our certificate offer an opportunity for additional training through courses on grant-writing, program evaluation, and data analysis techniques (quantitative and qualitative). 

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    The Nonprofit and Community Development certificate is designed for students who want to learn how to establish, administer, or work for non-governmental and non-profit organizations.  While conventional certificate programs have an exclusively managerial focus, our program supplements managerial training by also equipping students with the theoretical and practical skills to engage in grassroots advocacy.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Courses in the program will usually be offered in an unconventional format appropriate for working professionals. Most of the courses are offered as once-a-week evening classes. Also departments may occasionally offer the courses online (fully or hybrid), on weekends, and Maymester.


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 15
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team ( Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses


    Students may earn the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development after completing 15 graduate semester credit hours as specified below:  

    Foundation course:

    POLS 5215: Management of Nonprofit Organizations

    "Those students who have taken POLS 4215 (management  of nonprofit organizations) with a grade of C or higher at UWG can substitute POLS 5215 with other elective courses in the program"

    One course in financial management:

    ACCT 6264:  Non-Profit Accounting

    POLS 5217: Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

    POLS 6200: Public Budgeting and Financial Management

    One course in research methods, for example:

    SOCI 6613: Qualitative Research

    SOCI 6660: Institutional Ethnography

    SOCI 6013:  Social Research

    POLS 6202: Research Methods for Public Administration

    CRIM 6015: Managing Data

    SOCI 6003:  Advanced Statistics for Sociology

    One of the following electives in your area of interest or expertise (or any of the above):

    SOCI 5734: Social Work Skills

    SOCI 5803: Environmental Sociology

    SOCI 5300: Housing and Homelessness

    SOCI 6255: Delinquency, Family, and the Community

    POLS 5721: Housing and Community Development

    POLS 6209: Theories of Public Organization

    SOCI 6700: Social Movements, Protest and Change

    SOCI 6280: Seminar in Social Justice

    POLS 5210: Modern Public Management

    POLS 5211: State and Local Politics and Administration

    POLS 6203: Public Personnel Administration

    POLS 6204: Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation

    CRIM or SOCI 6275: Planning and Evaluation

    PSYC 7030: Intro to Organizational Development

    PSYC 6400: Psychology, Culture and Society


    POLS 6286: Internship (In lieu of an internship, students can take an elective graduate course in any area of interest)

    SOCI 6286: Internship (In lieu of an internship, students can take an elective graduate course in any area of interest)

  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Students who have successfully been admitted to an MA or PhD program in the College of Social Sciences only have to submit an application form.

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    Posted deadline includes Application, app fee, and all supplemental items/documents.

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Program Sheet for the Nonprofit Management and Community Development certificate is available here: Graduate Program Sheet in Nonprofit Management.pdf

    Send transcripts and all admission documents to: 
    Graduate Admissions
    University of West Georgia
    Mandeville Hall
    Carrollton, GA 30118

    One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.


    For more information on the Nonprofit Management and Community Development certificate contact:

    Dr. Sooho Lee

    Graduate Admissions
    Phone: 678-839-1394

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives
    • Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge in reference to one of the following types of non-profit organizations: social service, education, religious, cultural, or community-based organizations
    • Demonstate knowledge about how to establish, fund, and operate a non-profit organization
    • Be able to assess an organization's effectiveness in achieving its goals