Our Students

The Certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management will be of interest to a diverse group of students and adult learners, including:

  • directors, managers, staff, practitioners, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge
  • those interested in pursuing careers in the nonprofit and voluntary sector
  • those who are involved in the development of a non-profit and want to ensure it has a solid foundation for success
  • those interested in developing relationships and partnerships with nonprofit organizations including those in the public, institutional, and private sectors

A recent survey of graduates of the Certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management identified the content and structure of the program as key highlights - they liked the variety of course offering (classroom, online, hybrid) and said that the content was relevant, up-to-date, challenging, informative, and insightful. More than 80 percent said that they had applied their learnings in their workplace and that there had been an indirect and positive impact on their work. All of those who responded to the survey said that they would recommend the program to other students!

I took ‘NGOs and World Governance’ (CINP 916) because I wanted to tackle the challenges of global poverty. I had been offered a position in agricultural development in Zambia, and I wanted to understand and engage with NGOs. The Chang School offered a course in the exact topic I wanted to study, in a convenient location and with an easy enrolment process. I began work in Zambia shortly after completing the course and have worked in Africa since. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, the variety of students, and the instructor’s expertise in the world of international development and related issues. This allowed me to quickly progress in my work in Zambia and Malawi and engage with the agriculture, small business, and water and sanitation sectors.

Anthony Candelario
Learner, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management
Program Officer, Engineers Without Borders Canada – Water and Sanitation, Malawi

Ryerson was able to offer me an intensive certificate program that covered exactly what I wanted to learn in a significantly quicker program where the demands met my needs. I was able to take one to two courses a semester while continuing to work full-time. I loved all my instructors, and each one brought an informative perspective to their topic. I respected that many of them worked in the nonprofit sector either currently or in the past, so they had real world experience.

I am working in the nonprofit field, and because of my education I have been given more responsibilities at work and have contributed more in different areas. I have now gone on to participate in marketing, strategic planning, governance, and fundraising, to name a few area. As well, my agency has gained numerous benefits because of my expanded and improved knowledge in social marketing and resource development.

Certificate Graduate
Distress Centres

The content of the program has been very beneficial in my day to day work. The courses I took have made me a better team member and I am able to contribute more to my department. My boss has noticed the difference in the quality of my work.

Certificate Graduate
Baycrest Health Services