Nonprofit Organizations

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About the Program

Are you an innovative and resourceful leader interested in making your mark in the nonprofit world? A certificate from the nationally renowned Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University can help get you there.

Our Certificate in Nonprofit Management is designed to  prepare you for nonprofit leadership, whether you pursue it in conjunction with a Master of Social Work degree or as a stand-alone credential. You can earn this certificate in one semester of full-time coursework or part time over 3 semesters, allowing you to quickly build the credentials you need to move ahead in your career.

What to Expect

Whether you have a passion for financial management or giving back to your community, our curriculum will help you hone your skills to better navigate the unique sector of the nonprofit world. The Mandel School has a 100-year history of excellence, with a 30-year record specifically in nonprofit management—and this certificate program is evidence of such. Coursework is drawn from the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program, one of 12 graduate programs accredited by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. 

Earning this certificate is an excellent way to break into social work without committing to earning a master’s degree. We recognize that nonprofit leaders need specialized training to successfully advance nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. Therefore, we’ve designed a highly personalized curriculum that can be tailored to your particular career goals and interests in the nonprofit sector. 

At the Mandel School, you will be immersed in learning specific to the nonprofit sector—not learning tools or approaches that you must then adapt to nonprofit work."

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Beyond the Classroom

Our campus is located in Cleveland, Ohio, a city with a long history of nonprofit innovation that is home to one of the highest concentrations of community-based organizations in the country. Our partnerships with organizations such as Community Shares, EarthShare and United Way of Greater Cleveland will provide you access to a broad network of local, state and national nonprofits as you develop your skills.

By the Numbers


social work program out of 319 schools ranked, U.S. News & World Report


alumni in all 50 states and 41 countries


underrepresented minority students in the student body


on-campus international students in the student body


student-faculty ratio, one of the nation’s lowest

Admission Requirements

To be accepted to the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program, you must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Coursework earned toward your certificate may also lead to completion of the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) curriculum. 

Apply using our online application form and provide the following:

  • Brief Statement of Interest (one page maximum)
  • Current resume
  • Contact information for one recommender
  • Transcripts

If accepted, you can start the certificate program in the fall, spring or summer terms. Take note of our upcoming deadlines.

  • Summer deadline: April 1, 2023
  • Fall deadline: July 1, 2023

Contact Us

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Robert Fischer
Chair, Master of Nonprofit Organizations Program
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

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