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Our four-course Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) programs are designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree and are looking for continued professional development opportunities. We offer certificates in nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.

Targeted Professional Development

Our certificates in business studies allow students to select a four-course program that directly relates to their personal career goals.

The certificate in nonprofit management aims to sharpen students' existing skills and expand their knowledge into new areas. Coursework focuses on marketing, fundraising and financial management in both the private and public sectors. The certificate in social entrepreneurship is uniquely aligned with the University's mission and explores social responsibility for people, community and the environment.

While certificates are usually completed online, select courses may be offered at our Newport campus. In addition, students in good academic standing may apply the courses taken for the Certificate of Graduate Studies toward the 12 courses required for an MBA or M.S. in innovation and strategic management.

Program Spotlight: Opening Doors

 Graduate certificates are scholarly and practical additions to a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. They can expand on a business background or augment another major with timely applications for work in various fields. 

Dr. Arlene Nicholas, associate professor

Our Faculty

Our faculty generate new thinking in their fields and have a genuine impact on current business practices. Intimate class setting create rich academic environments where faculty assume a mentoring role while also providing career advice and lending their networking knowledge to graduates seeking employment.


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Nonprofit Management (CGS)

4 courses | 12 credits

Required courses:

  • MGT509: Human Resources Management
  • MGT550: Nonprofit Management
  • MGT551: Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofits
  • MGT552: Nonprofit Financial Management

Learn more about costs, financing and success rates for this program.

Social Entrepreneurship (CGS)

4 courses | 12 credits

Required courses:

  • MGT524: Entrepreneurial Enterprises
  • MGT525: Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
  • MGT554: Business Foresight and Futuring

Students also choose one of the following:

  • MGT530: Building Value Through Marketing
  • MGT551: Fundraising and Marketing for Nonprofits
  • MGT567: Creative Problem Solving
  • MGT569: Managerial Decision-Making or relevant special topics course

Learn more about costs, financing and success rates for this program.