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Nonprofit Human Services Management

Gain the skills to increase your organization’s effectiveness while elevating your career in nonprofit leadership.

Transform good intentions into impactful results as you develop your nonprofit skills with Clark University’s Nonprofit Human Services Management Certificate. With the rise of nonprofit organizations all over the world, there is a high demand for quality leadership at the management level and many different career options.

Increase communication and managerial techniques and competencies to make you a more effective nonprofit leader as you review case studies to learn about public involvement, participatory decision making, and employee empowerment in the field. Gain experience in the vital arena of fundraising and grant writing to be better equipped to face the challenges faced by every nonprofit to raise sufficient funds for their programs and operations. Explore ethical dilemmas through comprehensive coverage of business ethics from a global and nonprofit perspective to understand the positive outcomes of ethical behavior as well as the negative consequences of unethical behavior.

Advance your career, boost your earning potential, and become a more effective nonprofit leader. Our program is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to meet challenges — and the confidence of knowing you have these essential tools at your disposal.

Why a Certificate in Nonprofit Human Services Management at Clark University

  • Strengthen pivotal leadership skills and increase your professional network in the nonprofit field.
  • Academic training specific to management, evaluation, administration, and finance responsibilities in a human services nonprofit sector.
  • Learn from faculty members who are influential thought leaders in the nonprofit sector.
  • Two courses from the certificate program can be applied to Clark’s master in public administration program.
  • Obtain a professional certificate with this 100% online, affordable program.
Sarah Lange

Charting a Course Towards Success in Nonprofit Sector

Working closely with established leaders in nonprofit fundamentals, Clark has developed a curriculum by nonprofit leaders, for nonprofit leaders.

This program sharpens professional skills to give a better understanding of the nonprofit world. It gives students confidence to be a better professional to those in need.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Our certificate in nonprofit human services management consists of five, 7-week online graduate level courses with a September start date. These courses are oriented toward leadership training and provide career growth opportunities, and each course is taught by a leading expert in the field. The cohort system introduces middle level managers to others in similar positions, providing a network of support in community-based human services.

Two courses are transferrable toward our master in public administration program.

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • Research Methods and Strategies
  • Fundamentals of Business Analysis
  • Ethics and Professional Life

Learning Outcomes and Competencies – School of Professional Studies

The following sections talk about the specific programmatic outcomes for each credential.  For programs at the Masters level, a core of five core operational competencies informs our theoretical framework for all Clark University School of Professional Studies Master’s degrees. Graduate certificates are not held to the same holistic standard as they are considered to be narrower in focus and more applied in practice.  For the credentials at the Masters level, those competencies are:

Core Competencies for SPS Master’s Degrees
Organizational Systems OR Foundational Elements for STEM Programs Developing an appreciation and understanding of the interdependence of the parts of a system will result in effectively and efficiently assisting an organization by developing its strategy and delivering its intended mission.  For STEM credentials, a solid foundation in analytical and diagnostic competencies which will enable the student to succeed from a technological perspective.
Ethics and Social Responsibility


The SPS curriculum will stress the importance of ethics and corporate social responsibility, so all SPS students are aware of the advantages of ethical behavior in business and professional life, and can act from a moral point of view. The notions of ethics and social responsibility are extended to STEM programming through the lens of the issue of data and programming integrity that can inform systems and analytical architecture that is applied in a fair and equitable manner.
Applied Research As a professional, SPS graduates will have the ability to call upon research methodologies to solve practical problems organizations and individuals encounter.  Our professional focus demands that informed research is a core value to knowledgeable problem-solving.
Workplace Dynamics, Communication, and Career Management OR Core Technologies Necessary to Meet STEM Industry Standards Workplace dynamics involve the relationships among the members of an organization, including departmental and interpersonal relationships. The capacity to communicate effectively is an essential skill for the successful professional. Career is an integral component of a professional’s life, and career can be maximized by an awareness of opportunities available consistent with individual talents.  For STEM-based programs, core technological applications and industry standards will be presented to form a foundation of programming and problem-solving competencies for a successful workplace experience.
Theoretical Grounding Each SPS degree is part of a field of study based upon a collection of theories that have proven to be effective when applied to challenges. Students will develop an appreciation for how arguments are used to explain, predict, and understand phenomena.


Nonprofit Human Services Certificate
Learning Outcomes
  • Lead and manage in the human services arena by applying knowledge of the complexities of decision making in the nonprofit service sector.
  • Demonstrate evidence of a knowledge of the operational aspects of management through an understanding of behavioral, financial, and organizational concepts.
  • Contribute ethically to decision making through appropriate use of evidence that recognizes stakeholder’s competing values.
  • Application of analytical and problem-solving skills in a community based human services project or initiative.
  • Effectively communicate with diverse and changing constituents and demonstrate respect for individual and group differences.


  • 5  online courses

Note: This is a graduate certificate program. A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in the program.

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