Part-time, online Non-Profit Management Certificate

Program details

Format Part-time, online

Each course runs for 13 weeks.*

*Online courses can be accessed at your convenience via Canvas, our online course management system. 

Duration The program is designed to be completed in one to two years, but you have up to five years to finish. To complete the program in one year, you must take two courses per semester. 
Upcoming term You may start in any term. Please contact program staff at if you have any questions about start dates.
Courses There are two core courses and four electives.
Learning materials See individual courses for requirements. The cost of textbooks is not included in your tuition. 
Tuition Tuition is based on individual course fees
Application fee $75 (non-refundable
Application deadline Apply anytime. There is no application deadline for this program. 

Study online with other professionals

Flexible scheduling

The curriculum is designed to meet the scheduling needs of a working professional. You can access the course from wherever you have a computer with an Internet connection. Your course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines are posted well in advance.

Interactive environment

Studying online doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on interaction with others. You will work through the non-profit program with a cohort—a group of peers from different geographic and professional backgrounds who share their experiences, ideas, and expertise. Additionally, you may contact your classmates and instructors through Canvas, our learning management system.

Coursework: What to expect

Learn hands-on

Coursework reflects and builds upon the real-world experience that everyone brings to the program. The workload varies with each course, but you should be prepared to spend about 10 hours a week on reading, online discussions, assignments and supplementary activities such as watching assigned videos.

Work at your own pace

You will set your own coursework hours, following posted assignment and discussion timelines. Occasionally, your instructor may schedule a special guest speaker at a specific date and time. We recognize, however, that you have many competing responsibilities, so participation in synchronous meetings or events is not a required part of the program.

English language requirements

To meet the demands of the program, you should have an advanced level of spoken and written English.

Technical information

You’ll access the courses through Canvas, our learning management system, which is available through the SFU website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. 

You may log into Canvas beginning on the first day of each course. For a list of Canvas-supported operating systems and web browsers, visit our supported web browsers page.

To learn more about Canvas, visit the SFU Canvas Student Guide.

Evaluation and graduation  

You will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis at the end of each course. A 'Pass' indicates that you have satisfactorily completed all course requirements and demonstrated a high level of understanding and relevant competencies. To receive the Non-Proft Management Certificate, you will need to successfully complete all courses within a five-year period.