Nonprofit and Social Innovation - Certificate

The Nonprofit and Social Innovation Certificate offers Mays Business School students the ability to tailor their education towards a career of service. The program provides students with high-impact educational opportunities that will equip them to contribute positively to nonprofit and social purpose organizations.

The certificate includes 13 hours of coursework and a required internship with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for profit) that will enhance a student's undergraduate education to include preparation for occupations, service roles, and graduate study.

Not-for-profit organizations make up one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the country, and are actively looking for graduates who can use their skills to immediately make an impact. Also, organizations around the world are increasingly recognizing the importance of addressing societal challenges. This certificate allows students to contribute toward the goal of advancing the world’s prosperity. 

Required Courses
BUSN 232Resource Development 13
or BUSN 489   or Special Topics in... 
BUSN 302Nonprofit Perspectives 21
MGMT 432Managing the Nonprofit Organization3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Special Topics in... (Strategic Philanthropy)
Managing Projects
Services Marketing
Corporate Social Responsibility
Foundations of Community and Community Development
Total Semester Credit Hours13

An internship with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for-profit) is required. The internship does not need to be taken for academic credit. An internship completed for a student's major (e.g., MGMT 484, MKTG 484, FINC 484, ISTM 484, SCMT 484 or ACCT 484) may be applied to this certificate provided it is with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for-profit). The internship must offer meaningful, professional-level opportunities to apply business knowledge and skills.

Exceptions based on course offerings require Certificate Coordinator approval.