2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

About the Program

This eight-month graduate certificate program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to lead and manage a non-profit organization towards sustainable growth. You will learn about program planning, development and evaluation, transparent and ethical corporate governance, and marketing and sales practices. You will explore the latest trends in fundraising, partnerships-building, and volunteer engagement.  

You will also learn how to apply common 'for-profit' business practices that are adapted and applied to a non-profit organization. Drawing on local, national and international cases, you will be exposed to the diversity of the sector and the challenges in managing large and small organizations.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Organization

  • Leadership

  • Communications skills  

Work Experience

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term in a formal work environment. The work term 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
  September January May
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work Term

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • Health and social services
  • Development and housing
  • Arts and culture
  • Sports and recreation
  • Environment
  • Education and research
  • Law, advocacy and politics
  • Fundraising and grant making

You may also pursue future career options within:

  • Associations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Charities 
  • Advocacy groups
  • Foundations
  • Social enterprises
  • Co-operatives