Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management
Note: This certificate program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.
Sample Distance Course Module
Ryerson has created this distinctive, interdisciplinary certificate program in response to a growing demand for education that focuses on the specialized needs of the sector.
This program is the first undergraduate university certificate program in nonprofit
sector management in Canada. It is affiliated with Ryerson’s Centre for
Voluntary Sector Studies, which provides a dynamic link to the sector through
research, consultation, and educational programming. This unique program offers the following:
- an interdisciplinary curriculum pooling knowledge from three academic disciplines:
business management, public administration, and social work
- a practical blend of theory and application taught by academics and practitioners
- a wide range of current and relevant courses covering key areas such as
marketing, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, strategic planning,
program evaluation, organizational management, and organizational change
Courses are available in a variety of formats including distance via the Internet.
Who Will Benefit
- managers, staff, practitioners, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations
- those interested in pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector
- those interested in developing partnerships with nonprofit organizations
The certificate is affiliated with Ryerson University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies.
For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/nonprofit.
For related career information, please visit Industry Overview.
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It is recommended that applicants have the following:
OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status.
Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.
Program Open House
Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like
to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times,
The successful completion of eight single-term courses (four required
courses and four electives), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required
for the certificate.
Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or
courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register
in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also
Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.
Requirements for Graduation
To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.
Understanding the Nonprofit Sector
Developing Effective Organizations
Critical Issues in the Third Sector
Electives (select four)
Advocacy and Governmental Relations
Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
Leading Through Change
Issues of Diversity
NGOs and World Governance
All courses in this certificate are available in a distance education format. Distance education offerings are shown in the following chart.
Course Delivery Schedule
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|CINP 900|| ||C/D|| || ||C/D|| || ||C/D|| || || C/D|| || || C/D|| |
|CINP 901||C/D|| || ||C/D|| || ||C/D|| || ||C/D|| || ||C/D|| || |
|CINP 902||D||H|| ||H||D|| ||D||H|| ||H||D|| ||D||H|| |
|CINP 920||D||C|| || ||D||C||D||C|| ||C||D|| || ||C||D|
|Electives|| || || || || |
|CINP 910||H|| ||D|| ||H|| ||D||H|| ||H||D|| ||D||H|| |
|CINP 911|| ||C|| ||C|| ||D|| ||C|| ||D|| ||C|| ||D|| |
|CINP 912||C||D|| ||D||C||D||C||D||D||D||C||D||C|| ||D|
|CINP 913|| ||H||D||H||D|| || ||D||H|| ||D|| ||H|| ||D|
|CINP 914||D|| ||C||C||D|| ||C|| ||D||D||C|| ||C|| ||D|
|CINP 915||H|| ||D|| ||H||D||H||D|| ||D||H|| ||H||D|| |
|CINP 916|| ||D|| || ||C|| ||D|| || ||C|| ||D|| ||C|| |
C = Classroom
D = Distance
H = Hybrid (Classroom/Internet combined)
This schedule is subject to revision but can be used as a planning guide.