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Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations and Community Governance

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations and Community Governance is a 15-credit hour program within the Auburn University Master of Public Administration Program. The certificate requirements include three required courses and two electives. Students are also required to complete an e-Portfolio.

The curriculum is designed to prepare graduate-level students and practicing professionals for leadership positions in nonprofit organizations. The certificate can be earned while pursuing an MPA or independently and can be completed in a traditional classroom setting or distance-synchronous. Courses cover nonprofit management, law and governance, and resource development for domestic and international public service. The certificate is aligned with the curricular goals of both the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).


Curriculum Requirements


Required Courses**

POLI 6350 Nonprofit Law and Governance

POLI 6360 Nonprofit Resource Development *

POLI 6370 Nonprofit Management*



SOWO 7030 Evaluation of Social Work Practice

SOWO 7090 Advanced Social Welfare Policy

POLI 6150 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

POLI 6380 INGOs and International Organizations

POLI 6390 NGOs and International Development

POLI 6550 Public Administration, Civil Society, and Democracy

POLI 7520 Program Evaluation


*Counts as a SOWO elective.

**Auburn MPA students completing the graduate certificate are required to complete an internship in the field.



To complete the certificate, students create an e-Portfolio, a professional website that demonstrates mastery and showcases knowledge and skills.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Kelly Krawczyk
Associate Professor and PhD Program Director