Career Opportunities

  •  Non-Profits
  •  Government
  •  Management
  •  Community Agencies
  •  Volunteer Organizations


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Program Overview

Through its Public Policy Administration program, UMSL offers the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NPML) for individuals at various stages of involvement in the nonprofit sector. The NPML program is particularly well-suited for those either considering a career in the nonprofit sector or those who are currently employed as nonprofit staff but looking to advance in the field. Volunteers, board members, and other leaders of nonprofit organizations also have much to gain from the NPML certificate courses.

The NPML certificate program requires 18 credit hours, 12 of which are taken as part of the core curriculum and 6 are taken as electives. Courses are offered in evening and online formats and — with no minimum number of courses required in a given semester — students can set their own pace. The core curriculum includes:

  • American Philanthropy and Nonprofit Resource Development (3)
  • Leadership and management of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • management Issues in Nonprofit Organizations (staff, legal, financial) (3)
  • Internship (3)

Students may complete the internship requirement at their choice of a nonprofit setting. In cases where the student has equivalent professional experience, the internship may be waived and the credit hour requirement may be satisfied with an additional 3-hour elective course.

Learn more about the program curriculum.


What UMSL Public Policy has to offer

The Public Policy Administration program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis encompasses three nationally-recognized component areas, including the MPPA, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, which features a certificate program, and the Local Government Partnership. Core faculty members hold joint appointments in public policy administration and related departments, such as economics, political science, and business administration.

UMSL maintains strong links to the community by offering technical assistance, consulting services and noncredit Chancellor's Certificates for public servants and community leaders. These programs are the Chancellor's Certificates in Planning & Zoning, Economic Development, Volunteer Management, and the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers (NACCTFO) program.

The Public Policy Administration program is part of the Local Government Partnership, a collaboration between UMSL's Public Policy Administration program, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, and the Center for Ethics in Public Life. The program serves MPPA students pursuing an emphasis in local government and careers in the public sector. 

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