The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising is an 18-credit completely online certificate that provides an overview of the core concepts in fundraising and development for those interested in a career as a professional fundraiser. The Certificate is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in fundraising and development. It is appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge, but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program.
Credits earned in the certificate program may be applied toward the Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree. However, admission to the MNM degree program has separate requirements from those of the certificate program and students considering continuing into the master’s degree should familiarize themselves with credit transfer policy and should consult with a faculty adviser early in their certificate program. The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising requires that students complete 18 credit hours. Students must maintain at least a 3.0-grade point average in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate. The Certificate must be completed within 7 years.
Please note: Fundraising Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising program is a completely online; some courses may be offered face-to-face, however, students in this program are expected to have the ability to complete the coursework online. The program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree; consisting of 15 credit hours of core courses and 3 credit hours of a restricted elective.
The Certificate program incorporates service learning in some of its courses. Service learning involves students partnering with a local nonprofit organization of their choice to offer technical assistance in a specific area of operation that is covered in their coursework. Service Learning enhances the students’ academic experience and presents opportunities for networking. The process is supervised by the instructor and provides benefits to both the organization and the student.
Some of the courses may also involve group work intended to develop leadership abilities while providing an opportunity for the student to show his or her ability to be a team player. Group projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for professional work where teamwork and collaboration are necessary.
Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Required Courses: 12 Credit Hours
Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or better in every course. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Elective Courses: 6 Credit Hours
Select two courses from the following lists.
Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5, in a sealed envelope, from each college/university attended.
- A current, professional résumé.
- Statement of Goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant’s ability to express him or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
- What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Fundraising, including your future goals and plans?
- What specific areas of Fundraising interest you?
- Work and/or Voluntary experience (fundraising or nonprofit experience is preferred, not required)
- Applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
|Fundraising Graduate Certificate
|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Young-Joo Lee, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, MNM Programs
Director, MNM Programs
Nasrin Lakhani, MNM
Director, Student support Services
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