Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Community Development

Co-Chair: Dr. Sukumar Ganapati
Co-Chair: Dr. Susannah Ali

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Community Development is intended to provide critical tools and analytic frameworks useful to local decision-makers responsible for developing and managing sustainable, high-wage communities in an increasingly competitive world economy. Course material will address the critical drivers of local and regional development in the context of South Florida’s “gateway” status for commerce and immigration. Content will address spatial, managerial, and social components of development. The certificate is aligned with FIU’s urban mission of providing engaged learning in its service area as well as the Departmental mission of our NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program which primary student body is in the local government sector.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have an upper division GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants with GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered if they submit a GRE, LSAT or GMAT Score. Students must be admitted to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program to start taking classes.

Note: Those students who apply for and are admitted to the Master of Public Administration degree program may have certificate courses credited toward the MPA degree provided each course has a grade of “B” or higher and the student is admitted to the master’s degree program prior to the completion of no more than 12 Graduate Certificate credits.

How to Apply

In order for you to be officially considered for admission to a Graduate Certificate program, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application online:
  2. Submit an application fee. A $30.00, non-refundable, application fee payable by check, money order, or credit card is required;
  3. Submit official transcript/s. Transcripts of all degree granting institutions must be sent directly from each college or university either electronically or in a sealed envelope to the Graduate Admissions Office (Note: If your undergraduate degree was from FIU you don’t need to do this because your student records are accessible by computer from the Department);
  4. Submit resume to the Graduate Admissions Office

Use the Graduate Certificate Application to keep track of the courses you complete. When you have completed all certificate courses, turn in this form to the Department of Public Administration. You will receive your Certificate by mail after completion of the MPA program.

General Requirements

Students must complete their program of study within three years from the date of admission and earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. All course grades must be "C" or better.

Curriculum (18 credits)

Required Courses: (9 credits)

PAD 6142 Management of Nonprofit Organizations 3
PAD 5805 Economic Development and Urban Revitalization 3
PAD 6209 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit organizations 3

Elective Courses: (9 credits)

PAD 6807 Urban and Municipal Government Administration 3
PAD 6946 Internship 3
PAD 5934* Contemporary Issues in Public Administration 3
PAD 6717 GIS Applications for Urban Management 3
URP 6315 Introduction to Urban Planning and Growth Management 3
URP 5426 Emergency Management and Planning 3
PAD 5043 Government & Minority Group Relations 3
PAD 5443 The Public Administrator & Media Relations 3
PAD 5616 Contracting & Managing Third Party Governments 3
PAD 6038 Policy Formation & Legitimization 3
PAD 6156 Applied Org Theory & Behavior 3
PAD 6366 Policy & Program Implementation 3
PAD 6436 Professionalism & Ethics 3
PAD 6437 Dynamics of Individual Growth 3
PAD 6836 Development Administration 3

Students may take up to two electives outside the Department. These electives must be selected from a list of approved electives or must be approved by Certificate Co-Chairs.

Tuition and Fees

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Contact Us

Shaoming Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration &
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus,
11200 S.W. 8th Street, PCA 350A
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-0432
Fax: 305-348-5848
E-mail: scheng@fiu.edu