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Certificate in
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management

Note: This program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

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Ryerson created this distinctive, interdisciplinary certificate program in response to a growing demand for education that focuses on the specialized needs of the nonprofit and voluntary sector. This program was the first undergraduate university certificate program in nonprofit sector management in Canada. This unique program will provide students with a strong understanding of the nonprofit and voluntary sector as well as knowledge of the tools, processes, relationships, systems, and practices that support a strong sector that includes effective and successful organizations. The certificate offers the following:

  • an interdisciplinary curriculum pooling knowledge from two academic disciplines: business management and public administration
  • a practical blend of theory and application taught by practitioners
  • a wide range of current and relevant courses covering key areas such as marketing, financial management, advocacy, strategic planning, program evaluation, organizational management, organizational change, diversity, key issues in the sector, and international NGOs

Courses are available in a variety of formats including online distance education.

Who Will Benefit

  • 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 sector
  • those who are involved in the development of a nonprofit and want to ensure it has a solid foundation for success
  • those in the public, institutional, and private sectors who are interested in developing relationships and partnerships with nonprofit organizations

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Admission Criteria

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, and location.

Certificate Requirements

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.

Certificate Registration

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.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in 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.

Required Courses

Students may only select one of CINP 902 or CINP 915.

CINP 900   Nonprofit:  Understanding the Nonprofit Sector
CINP 901   Nonprofit:  Developing Effective Organizations
CINP 902   Nonprofit:  Program Evaluation
CINP 915   Nonprofit:  Financial Management
CINP 920   Nonprofit:  Critical Issues in the Third Sector

Electives (select four not previously taken in Required Courses)

CINP 902   Nonprofit:  Program Evaluation
CINP 910   Nonprofit:  Strategic Planning
CINP 911   Nonprofit:  Advocacy and Governmental Relations
CINP 912   Nonprofit:  Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
CINP 913   Nonprofit:  Leading Through Change
CINP 914   Nonprofit:  Issues of Diversity
CINP 915   Nonprofit:  Financial Management
CINP 916   Nonprofit:  NGOs in Global Context

Distance Education

All courses in this certificate are available in a distance education format.

Course Delivery Schedule

CINP 920 D D D
CINP 911DC  D 
CINP 913C D D 
CINP 916 D D  

C = Classroom
D = Distance
H = Hybrid (Classroom/Internet combined)

This schedule is subject to revision but can be used as a planning guide.