Nonprofit organizations play vital roles in our communities and contribute to our quality of life. These organizations have unique management, funding, and finance issues that require specialized training.

The Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy certificate meets the needs of students who have a desire to prepare for a career in a nonprofit role and/or who may impact the nonprofit sector through volunteering on a board, committee, or project. 

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. 

Courses are offered on campus and online, which allows distance and online students the opportunity to earn this certificate.


Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy
Online/Off-campus program(s)
Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy Certificate
Careers and Outcomes

Iowa graduates have a 95 percent job/grad school placement rate within six months of graduation. Our  Pomerantz Career Center  offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs. 

Student Opportunities

In addition to more than 500  student organizations, Iowa students choose from more than 100  study abroad  programs and multiple  undergraduate research opportunities


The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college. 

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.


Core courses cover essentials in nonprofit leadership, fund raising, communication strategies, and nonprofit ethics and governance. A minimum of 21 s.h. is required for this certificate. 

The program provides a balance of academic principles and real-world experience, as well as a fundamental understanding of how nonprofit organizations participate in building communities. Students must complete a 3 s.h. field experience. 

Electives allow students to explore interest in entrepreneurship, politics, the arts, health care, social work, and more. 

To learn about required course work, see Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy in the UI General Catalog