Social Services and Nonprofit Management Certificate

The Social Services and Nonprofit Management Certificate Program is marketed to students who are either employed or desire to be employed in areas such as government; NGOs addressing social welfare or cultural needs; philanthropic and social-service institutions; trade associations; arts organizations; cultural and religious organizations; nonprofit health and educational institutions. Concentration is placed on communication and computer applications, marketing and promotion, presentations, team-building and project management.

All courses are for credit and are transferable once a student is admitted to the BA in Management or Applied Studies degree programs with the Social Services and Nonprofit Management concentration also at SCPS to any other undergraduate degree-seeking program.

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Certificate Requirements

Students must take six classes (SOWK 200, 201, 305, 307; COMM 231, PSYC 362) for a total of 18 credit hours.

SCPS cannot guarantee full-time status throughout the length of the certificate program. Social Services and Non-profit Management certificate courses are offered in an eight-week evening schedule, but may be in the 16-week daytime format as well.

Introduction to social work through the identification of human problems in society and the role of both society and social services in response to those problems. Students will at social service agencies and become familiar with social work values and ethics.

Outcome: Students will be able to evaluate current ways in which agencies interpret social problems and administer services.


Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Analysis of institutional structures of welfare as they relate to social problems. Selected major values and interests in American society are used to analyze the social welfare institution.

Outcome: Students will be able to describe and analyze current social welfare policies and social services within a historical, societal and political context.


Prerequisites: junior standing, SOWK 200; PSYC 101; NTSC 103 or equivalent; or chair's permission. This course exams socio-cultural, biological diversity, and psychological elements as an integral part of the knowledge base necessary for working with people.

Outcome: Students will understand how social systems theory explains social functioning, the effects of systems of all sizes on human interaction, and how these apply to social work practice.



Prerequisites: 201, 301; co-requisite, 330; or chair’s permission. This course examines social workers as implementers of policy change within political, organizational, and community contexts.

Outcome: Students will understand the importance of a community and organizational needs assessment as a backdrop to designing policy interventions, strategies, and evaluation elements to measure effectiveness to constituencies.


Prerequisite: CMUN/COMM 150, 160 or 175.This course explores the role of communication in conflict resolution. Special attention is paid to mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Outcome: Students will acquire methods of analyzing the nature of conflict and applying appropriate communicative strategies for managing conflict.


Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Study of human behavior in work settings. Topics include principles of employee selection, job analysis, motivation and morale, managerial behavior, organization development and socialization, leadership, conflict management, work design and group process.

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding and ability to think critically about how the science of behavior is applied to work environments.

International Students

International Students seeking admission to any certificate program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are required to demonstrate the ability to study at Loyola University Chicago with the appropriate F-I visa status classification. The Office of International Programs is available to assist you regarding the appropriate documentation to study with SCPS. Please feel free to contact them at 773.508.7706 or Please be advised:

  • You will be required to provide documentation of your ability to finance your tuition, fees, and living expenses. Please contact The Office of International Programs at 773.508.7706 for details and the appropriate forms needed. SCPS does not provide scholarship assistance for students seeking certificate credentials.
  • An I-20 certificate of eligibility can be issued after admission to an SCPS certificate program, documents regarding post-secondary, English language proficiency, and financial documentation have been submitted. For complete information on the documents needed to receive an I-20 and an F-1 visa as well as helpful advice, visit here.

Note: This program is no longer offered. Learn more about Loyola's current Professional Certificate Programs.