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Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Planning (Online)

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Planning is designed for nonprofit professionals who want to offer their organizations the 21st century leadership and strategic planning skills that are needed to survive in today’s nonprofit economy. The program provides core level training in leadership and strategic planning and gives students the flexibility to focus on the area of nonprofit management that will best fit their future plans.

The program consists of 6 courses (18 semester credit hours) which are outlined below. All courses are taught online by accomplished faculty and industry experts.

Required Courses (3 hours each):

POLS 6310

Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations

POLS 6318

Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sector

POLS 6331

  Strategic Planning in Non-Profit Sector

Electives (Choose 3):

HUM 6301

 Principles of Nonprofit Marketing

HUM 6302

Principles of Nonprofit Finance

POLS 6306

Government Lobbying​ and Advocacy​

POLS 6312

Resourcing the Nonprofit Organization

POLS 6313

Governance, the Volunteer Board, and Organizational Behavior

POLS 6314

Leadership Trends/Topics in Nonprofit Organizations

POLS 6319

Law and Legal Considerations for Nonprofits

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How to Apply

Applicants must hold a BA, BS or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the US or overseas) and complete and submit all of the following items in order to be considered for admission. Resumes and personal statements can be uploaded through the myUHD portal, emailed to, or mailed to:

Office of Admissions – Graduate Admissions
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Suite GSB 308
Houston, TX 77002-1001

Application Checklist:​

  • Submit an application through the ApplyTexas Application
  • Pay the $35 application fee
  • Request/submit official transcripts from the institution where applicant received a bachelor’s degree as well as any graduate schools attended to the email or mailing address above. (Community college coursework will not be considered in the admission process and need not be submitted)
  • Provide a professional/personal resume
  • Provide a personal statement of 750 words or less in response to this prompt: Describe your experiences in the nonprofit sector and explain how those experiences have prepared you to succeed in nonprofit management.

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Last updated 4/25/2022 3:05 AM