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Non-Profit and Social Sector Management

Available: Fall

Program Description

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate offers students an understanding of how to lead and manage a nonprofit organization toward sustainable growth. In doing so, graduates will master a basic competency skill level in a wide range of functional areas common to business but adapted and applied to the nonprofit organization. Graduates will demonstrate not-for-profit values with 'for-profit' skills.

The purpose of the program is to develop competence in program planning, development and evaluation; transparent and ethical corporate governance practices; marketing and sales; funds sourcing, including the latest trends in fundraising; financial management; human resources management; and, building partnerships and leveraging volunteer engagement to effectively manage public benefit programs and social services.

Drawing on local, national and international cases, students are exposed to the diversity of the sector and the challenges in managing large and small organizations within the sector. The optional work integrated learning opportunity is designed for students to gain valuable experience and draw on the experience of actual organizations and leaders in the GTA. Students will experience applying leadership and problem solving skills in a community-based organization.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Your Career

There are over 69,000 organizations employing almost 1.2 million people in the non-profit sector in Canada in areas such as health and social services; development and housing; arts and culture; sports and recreation; environment; international; religion; education and research; law, advocacy and politics; and, fundraising and grant making. Organizations that employ professionals, such as our graduates, are associations, non-profits, charities, advocacy groups, foundations, social enterprises and co-operatives. The non-profit sector accounts for over 7% of the GDP in Canada, making it larger than the auto industry in Ontario. Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and credentials to embrace management opportunities in any of the diverse array of organizations in the social sector.

Full participation in the Non-Profit and Social Sector Management Graduate Certificate is applicable for 75 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

2016 CFRE Approved Provider for Continuing Education

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work Term

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • A recognized degree or three-year postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.


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416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

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416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Azhar Laher 416.491.5050 ext. 26124

Program Chair

Maria Sairoglou 416.491.5050 ext. 26718

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network