Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why should I consider the NPML Certificate? | What are the admissions requirements for the NPML program? | What if my grade point average is below 3.0?| Who else can I ask for letters of recommendation? | Is the GRE or other graduate exam required? | Is the NPML an accredited program?When are classes offered? | May I attend the NPML program part time? | Are any NPML courses offered online or at any other location? | How many credit hours are required for the Graduate Certificate? | May I transfer credits from another school? | How much does the NPML certificate program cost? | Must I take a minimum number of courses? | How does the internship work? | I’ve worked in a non-profit for several years. Do I still have to do an internship? | Does the NPML program offer a graduate degree? | What about financial aid? | Ok, I’m ready. How do I apply? | What are application deadlines? | How do I contact the NPML program? |
 
Why should I consider the NPML Certificate?
A: In the past two decades, the nonprofit sector has become increasingly complex with more government oversight and greater public demand for services. The UM-St. Louis Nonprofit Management and Leadership program has kept pace with these changes, and organizations throughout the region recognize that NPML graduates receive rigorous and well-rounded preparation to work in the sector. In fact, the UMSL program is the only one in the region that has full membership in the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), which has developed industry-recognized guidelines for education in the field.
 
What are the admissions requirements for the NPML program? 
A: Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the university. In addition, the following factors are considered:
  • Grade Point Average: You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in previous college coursework for regular admission. Grade point averages below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis for restricted admission. Transcripts must come directly from the institution.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation:These letters are an opportunity for those who know you to speak to your ability to complete the NPML Certificate. It is helpful to have letters from those who are familiar with your professional and academic skills as well as your future goals. At least one letter should be from a person who has had you as a student in a course and who can speak to your academic abilities. Please be sure the individual clearly explains in what capacity he or she knows you (as an advisor, supervisor, mentor etc.) and his or her contact information.

How to apply

What if my grade point average is below 3.0? Can I still apply for the NPML program?
A: If your GPA is lower than 3.0, you may apply for the program. However, you must indicate why your GPA is low, and why you think you are now prepared for graduate studies. In addition, your letters of recommendation become more important and we look most favorably on letters from academic sources such as a previous instructor who is familiar with your academic ability. If you are admitted, you will be placed on restricted status, which means you must maintain a 3.0 GPA for a specific number of credit hours that will be explained in your admission letter.
 
I earned my undergraduate degree 20 years ago and no longer have contact with my professors. Who else can I ask for letters of recommendation?
A: Employers or volunteer managers who can speak to the quality of your work and whether you are capable of graduate-level work.
 
Is the GRE or other graduate exam required for admission?
A: The program does not require you to submit (GRE) scores. However, if you believe it would help your case, you are welcome to take the GRE and submit your scores. For more information on Graduate Record Examinations, see GRE Information
 
Is the NPML an accredited program?
A: The NPML Graduate Certificate is an approved full member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), which has developed industry-recognized guidelines for education in the field. The UM-St. Louis program is the ONLY one in the region that has full membership in the NACC.
 
When are classes offered?
A: The following matrix provides an overview of the schedule for the core, required courses. Many electives are offered in the evening. *This schedule is subject to change*
 

Course number

Course name

Credits

Day/Time

Duration

Fall

Spring

6300

Leadership & Management in Nonprofit Organizations

3

Weds
6:55-9:35 pm

16 weeks

X

6310

American Philanthropy & Nonprofit Resources Development

3

Tues
6:55-9:35 pm

16 weeks

 

X

6311

Staff Management Issues in Nonprofit Organizations

1

Fri & Sat
9am-5pm OR
Thurs 
6:55-9:35 pm

2 days(Fall) OR 
5 weeks 
(Spring)

X

X

6312

Legal Issues in Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations

1

Fri & Sat
9am-5pm OR
Thurs 
6:55-9:35 pm

2 days(Fall) OR 
5 weeks 
(Spring)

X

X

6313

Financial Issues in Nonprofit Organizations

1

Fri & Sat
9am-5pm OR
Thurs 
6:55-9:35 pm

2 days(Fall) OR 
5 weeks 
(Spring)

X

X

May I attend the NPML program part time?
A. Yes, you may attend part time or full time. Students must complete the program within six years from the date of their initial enrollment.
 
Are any NPML courses offered online or at a location other than the St. Louis campus of UMSL?
A: We currently offer one class online during the fall semester, PPA6501 Selected Topics in Nonprofit Management & Leadership: The Art & Craft of Grant Proposal Writing.
 
How many credit hours are required for the NPML Graduate Certificate?
A: The Nonprofit Management & Leadership Graduate Certificate is an 18-credit hour program. Of these, 9 credit hours are core required courses, 6 credits are electives and a 3-credit-hour internship.
 
May I transfer credits from another school into the NPML certificate program?
A: The NPML program generally discourages transfers. However, in certain circumstances with proper documentation, up to 6 credit hours of electives may be transferred from another institution.
 
How much does the NPML certificate program cost?
A: The cost for each course in the program is the per-credit-hour tuition rate in effect at the time of registration.
 
Q. Must I take a minimum number of courses each semester?
A: There is no minimum number of NPML courses that must be taken at one time, so students can set their own pace for completion of the Certificate. It is possible to take just one course each semester.
 
Q. I see that an internship is required. How does that work?
A. Students participate in a 3-credit-hour, 300-clock-hour internship (about 20 hours a week over the course of a semester) after completing all or most of their core coursework. Internships are arranged through the internship coordinator. For more information about internship requirements, read Internship Basics
 
Q: I’ve worked in a non-profit for several years. Do I still have to do an internship?
A: Students may request that the internship requirement be waived by documenting their previous leadership and management experience in a nonprofit organization. Eighteen credit hours are still required, so in place of the internship students would take an additional elective. For more information about internship requirements, read Internship Basics.
 
Q: Does the NPML program offer a graduate degree?
A: The Nonprofit Management & Leadership offers a graduate certificate that may be earned alone, or in conjunction with a master’s degree. The certificate program is designed to coordinate with either a Master of Public Policy Administration or Master of Social Work. Both the MPPA and MSW programs offer nonprofit management emphasis areas. We will work with students who wish to earn a master’s degree in another area to set up their program in the most efficient way.
 
Q: What about financial aid?
A: Full-time NPML Graduate Certificate students are eligible to be considered for financial aid. See the Financial Aid web site for more information. 
The Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program offers one Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) to an outstanding full-time student as funds are available. Applications for GRA positions can be found on the Graduate School website. 
Additional scholarship and grant opportunities are available through the Office of Financial Aid.
 
Q: How do I contact the NPML program?
Contact Dan Sise in the NPML program at (314) 516-6378 or sised@umsl.edu

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