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Post  Master's Certificate Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management

Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy Certificate

The Philanthropy and Nonprofit Sector certificate program at Loyola University Chicago was developed in 1998 to promote and enhance the study and practice of this field by offering a high-quality professional development program. Students gain professional skills and expertise in nonprofit management, strategic planning, utilization of foundation resources and grant making.

People interested in public service, philanthropy and community-building work, regardless of their fields of specialization, benefit from participation in the program. Private and corporate grant-making foundations and nonprofit organizations are involved in every aspect of societal engagement from community development to health to world peace. Therefore, expertise in the distribution of philanthropic resources as well as improving the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations is invaluable whether someone is a community-service practitioner, researcher or policymaker.

The Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy Sector program (NMPS) is open to graduate students across the university's various academic departments, as well as to professionals who want to further their knowledge and expertise in this area. This innovative educational program combines formal classroom instruction with an internship learning experience, and draws on the rich array of knowledge and expertise found in nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions in the Chicago area.

The program covers a 12-month period and consists of a three-course sequence that provides in-depth understanding of the underlying theory, practice and public policy issues surrounding the field of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Each of the three courses is three graduate credit hours. Upon completion of the nine-credit-hour program, students are awarded a Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy. Graduates from the program consistently report positive changes in their career options as a result of their participation in the program. They secure positions as grantmakers in foundations and grant programs, as administrators and development personnel in nonprofit organizations, and other challenging positions in both the public and private sectors.

In addition to the primary coursework, students have opportunities to participate in various seminars, public forums and research projects sponsored by the NMPS program.

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Application Requirements

- Must hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution.  If you do not have a graduate degree, we require significant experience in a non-profit sector in order to partake in this program.   

- A completed application form.

- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.

- 3 Letters of recommendation (Waived if you are a current MSW student at Loyola)

- A Statement of Purpose (max. 1 page) explaining why you want the Philanthropy Certificate and how you hope to apply it in your current or future career

- International students will also be required to show official TOEFL scores and a transcript evaluation from www.ece.org if their degree is outside of the US.  * International students must also be in contact with the Office of International Admission to be sure proper Visa requirements are met. 

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