Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management
The Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management is a year-long, graduate-level certificate program designed for mid-career professionals in nonprofit organizations. Recognizing the complex and challenging set of skills that are necessary to excel in human services management, this program includes five blocks of classes in key subject areas. There is also an optional sixth block for those who would like more in depth study of administration and finance. This certificate program is offered in partnership with Suffolk University in Boston and with Clark University in Worcester.
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- Benefits to employers
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Who attends this program?
This program is for nonprofit agency staff working in program management, human resources, administration, and finance capacities. Current participants include program managers, residence directors, project managers, office managers, executive directors, and staff accountants. Registration is open to employees of Providers’ Council members and non-member nonprofit organizations, and experienced professionals who would like to enter the nonprofit sector.
- Academic training specific to management, evaluation, administration, and finance responsibilities in a human services nonprofit
- Preparation for career growth opportunities
- A professional network among the participants
- Potential graduate credit waivers to Masters programs
- Educational curriculum that addresses your organization's needs
- Great employee benefit for committed staff
- May help retain critical staff
- Can increase the capacity of the organization
- Can develop new leadership candidates
The program will provide education in the following areas for the Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management:
- Human Service Management (overview)
- Human Resources
- Financial Management
- Nonprofit Legal and Ethical Issues
- Entrepreneurial Nonprofits/Social Entrepreneurship
- Program Evaluation
And, for those in the Advanced Studies in Administration & Finance portion of the program:
- Economic, Administrative and Financial Strategies of Public Service
Reasons to consider applying to the program:
- The program is a great value -- for about the cost of one graduate class you get five graduate classes, valued up to $12,000
- Receive training and education that will make you eligible for career advancement
- Develop a professional network to support your career advancement
- Application Fee: $50 per organization (only one fee per organization, regardless of the number of applicants per agency)
Tuition fees: for the Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management:
- $2,000 for members
- $3,200 for non-members
Tuition fees for the Certificate in Human Service Management with Advanced Studies in Administration & Finance:
- $2,600 for members
- $3,800 for non-members
In additional to developing critical skills sets, those who complete the program may also be eligible to apply credits towards a masters degree program.
Participants in the Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management Program with Suffolk University can earn up to 12 credits, and those who continue to the Advanced Studies program can earn up to 15 credits. Other universities have accepted graduate credits from this program as well as Suffolk. Each university and masters program will decide how many credits can be transferred from the certificate program. Some popular masters degrees at Suffolk University are:
- Master of Public Administration [The certificate program completes four of the 14 required courses for this degree]
- Master of Health Administration
- MBA in Nonprofit Management
- MPA/MS Mental Health
- MPA/MS Criminal Justice
At Clark University, participants can earn credit for the hours of study they have completed and get a waiver for the classes completed that would also be required for a masters program. The credit is non-transferrrable outside of Clark University. Applicable masters programs include:
- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Professional Communication
Suffolk University's Center for Public Management began health and human service certificate programs in 2000 in partnership with several health and human service providers, then with the Providers' Council in 2002. So far, through all their community partnerships, they have educated over 1,200 future leaders. The Providers' Council embraces the goal of training future leaders as part of our mission in serving human service providers in Massachusetts and is proud to have graduated over 350 future leaders.
For more information about Suffolk University masters programs, visit their website.
Clark University's College of Professional and Continuing Education began a partnership with the Providers' Council in 2005, expanding the Certificate Program to a second location: Worcester. Clark University has long been distinguished for its pursuit of scientific inquiry and humanistic studies, enlivened by a concern for significant social issues. Clark University now also offers expertise in the fields of cross-cultural studies and cutting edge technology applications.
For more information about Clark University College of Professional and Continuing Education programs visit www.copace.clarku.edu
- 2013-2014 Application
- 2013-2014 Class schedule for Boston program
- Courses with Suffolk in Boston
- 2012-2013 Class schedule for Worcester program
- Courses at Clark University in Worcester
- Interview with a graduate
- Clips from graduation speeches
Questions? Contact Lore Stevens at 617.428.3637 x117 for any additional information you may need.