Nonprofit and Social Innovation Certificate

The Nonprofit and Social Innovation Certificate provides students with high-impact educational opportunities that will equip them to contribute positively to nonprofit and social purpose organizations.

The certificate includes 13 hours of coursework and an internship with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for profit) that will enhance a student’s undergraduate education to include preparation for occupations, service roles, and graduate study.

Organizations around the world are increasingly recognizing the importance of addressing societal challenges. This certificate allows students to contribute toward the goal of advancing the world’s prosperity. 


Required Coursework:

BUSN 232  Resource Development or BUSN 432 Strategic Philanthropy
BUSN 302  Nonprofit Perspectives or BUSN 481 Business to Solve Social Problems
MGMT 432 Managing Nonprofit Organization

Elective Courses (Choose 2):

BUSN 432 Strategic Philanthropy (application only)
MKTG 440 Services Marketing
MKTG 432  Corporate Social Responsibility
RPTS 308 Foundation of Comm. And Community Change
MGMT 460 Managing Projects


An internship with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for-profit) is required. The internship does not need to be taken for academic credit. An internship completed for a student’s major (e.g., MGMT 484, MKTG 484, FINC 484, ISTM 484, SCMT 484 or ACCT 484) may be applied to this certificate provided it is with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for-profit). The internship must offer meaningful, professional-level opportunities to apply business knowledge and skills.

Required Forms:

1. Declaration of Intent – PRIOR TO FALL 2019

2. Declaration of Intent – AFTER FALL 2019 

3. Internship Confirmation

4. Graduation Confirmation

For more information email Kyle Gammenthaler.