Nonprofit Leadership

Graduate Certificate

Grand Valley State University

The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership is specifically designed for the experienced nonprofit manager who has an advanced degree or an undergraduate degree and several years of professional experience. It is intended for those holding or seeking executive positions that wish to further their education without pursuing the full requirements for a graduate degree. However, courses and workshops taken in the certificate program may be applied toward the Master of Public Administration degree.

People who should benefit from the Certificate program include nonprofit agency managers and staff, community and labor organizers, foundation directors and staff, civic leaders, healthcare managers, event planners, clergy and ministry directors, grant managers, nonprofit board members and social workers.

Grand Valley State University
(Suite 102)

Shannon Owen, Director
Sue Wierzbicki, Office Manager
Jacquelyn Abeyta, Office Coordinator

Phone: (231) 995-1785 or (888) 922-1785
Fax: (231) 995-1786
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Bachelor’s Programs:

  • Liberal Studies

Master’s Programs:

  • Education
    – Instruction & Curriculum-Early Childhood Ed. (ZS)
    – Special Education (CI)
  • Occupational Therapy (hybrid)
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Social Work: Advanced Generalist


  • Nonprofit Leadership (graduate)
  • School Social Work (post-graduate)


  • Early Childhood (ZS)
  • Educational Planned Program
  • Special Education, Cognitively Impaired (CI)