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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership

Information Sessions

August 10, 2017

August 23, 2017


Program Description


The Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Program is a 12-credit, professional graduate level certificate program for individuals in the nonprofit sector. Students will learn about nonprofit management, leadership, ethics, financial operations and laws and regulations pertaining to nonprofit governance. Students will benefit from instruction by MSUB faculty and from nonprofit leaders who bring their day in, day out experiences to the learning process.


We know you are busy so the program features a unique program design where students are enrolled in one 6-week course at a time.  Most learning takes place online and is bolstered with two Saturday sessions per class.


Who Should Enroll


Nonprofit employees looking to advance in nonprofit organizations


Nonprofit leaders looking to enhance their knowledge and skills


Individuals looking to transition into employment into the nonprofit community


Elgibility Requirements


Students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.


To Apply


Applicants must submit:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • the program application
  • transcripts from all previous institutions
  • one letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in the program

Send to:

Dr. Paul Pope
Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies
Montana State University Billings
1500 University Drive
LA 812
Billings, MT 59101


Admission Deadline:  September 1, 2017


Download Program Application


Program Cost


The total cost for the program is $2954  includes all tuition and fees.


Payment plan available

For a small additional fee participants will be able to set up a payment plan to help spread tuition and fees over each semester enrolled. Installment plans are only allowed for credit programs and will follow each semester payment dates. Get more information... 


To complete the fall 2016 payment plan form, click here.


Financial Aid


Federal and State financial aid is not available. However, you may qualify for a private loan. Find out more about this option online.


Scholarships Available


Three $400 scholarships are available for the program. To be eligible you may not receive more than 50% of total program cost through tuition assistance from your employer. Please download and complete the scholarship application to apply.


Download Scholarship Application


Earning the Certificate


Students who successfully complete all courses with a grade of B or above will be awarded a certificate of completion.


2017-18 Program Schedule


Program Orientation: September 7, 6-7:30 PM


POLS 530 - Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits 
Sept. 11-Oct. 20, Saturday sessions on Sept. 23 & Oct. 7 (9AM-4PM)

POLS 531 - Nonprofit Resource Development and Marketing
Oct. 23 – Dec. 1, Saturday sessions on Nov. 4 & Nov. 18 (9AM-4PM)



POLS 532 - Nonprofit Governance and Leadership

Jan. 8 – Feb. 16, Saturday sessions on Jan. 27 & Feb. 10 (9AM-4PM)

POLS 533 - Influence and Impact of Nonprofits

Feb, 12 – Mar. 30, Saturday sessions on Feb. 24 & Mar. 17 (9AM-4PM)

Spring Break March 5-9 no classes


Students focus on one class at a time and will complete the program in  a six month period.


The program features courses with significant online learning which means less time sitting in class and more flexibility when learning takes place.


Unlike fully online programs, students will have an opportunity to meet their instructors and fellow students during Saturday sessions. The helps build comradery,  personal connections and a professional network.


students learning and collaborating in class

Program Faculty


Paul J. Pope, D.A.
Dr. Pope received his Doctor of Arts in Political Science from Idaho State University in 2008. ISU is where he also received his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Political Science degrees. Paul has been published in Administration and Society, Law and Society, Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, and American Politics: A guide for Undergraduates. Paul has been with MSU Billings since 2012 where he is the former director of the MPA program at MSUB and the senior political scientist in the Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies.


Joshua Poulette, Ph.D.
Dr. Joshua Poulette has been a University Lecturer in the MSU Billings Political Science program and Master of Public Administration program since 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Poulette also serves as director of the MSU Billings Montana Poll, a statewide political poll conducted every fall. His research is focused on the policy implications of demographic shifts and related intergenerational dynamics.


Kenneth Kuhn
Ken was born and raised in western North Dakota, graduating from Dickinson State College in 1974 with a BA in English.  Thereafter his work experience included railroad brakeman, bartender, carpenter, house painter, and English conversation teacher in Japan.  In 1997 Ken earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional planning from Eastern Washington University.  For the next 12 years he worked in Washington State as a land use planner at the city, county, and state levels.  He also served on the board of a community arts organization, and as a local chairperson for a US Department of Agriculture community development program that coordinated its work with area residents and nonprofit organizations.  Since fall semester of 2011 Ken has worked at MSU Billings as an adjunct faculty member in the Public Administration and Political Science programs.


Matt Lundgren
Matt Lundgren has a B.A. in English Secondary Education from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and a Master’s of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary. Matt became the Executive Director of Friendship House of Christian Service in August of 2012. He has served in in many nonprofit organizations doing youth work, college student ministry, Young Life, and as a parish pastor.  He also brings experience from education, retail and construction to his administration and leadership of Friendship House.   Having served the Billings community for more than twelve years before joining the Friendship House, Matt sees intentional community development and leadership development as key factors in moving children and families toward wholeness and health.  Matt brings energy, enthusiasm, and a desire to engage the business, faith and governmental sectors in providing opportunities for a vibrant community. 


Program Courses


POLS 530 Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits (3 credits):
This course prepares students for financial management and analysis in the nonprofit sector. Topics include legal and audit requirements for financial planning and reporting, disclosure laws, state and federal registration requirements, and grant management. Students will learn to interpret financial statements and how to assess and manage for financial health.


POLS 531 Nonprofit Resource Development and Marketing (3 credits):
This course prepares students to be future nonprofit leaders with resource development and marketing fundamentals that help nonprofits prosper. The course also focuses on how to create and manage an organizational culture and the development of strategic relationships with funders, potential funders, and the media. Students will learn how to develop a board, manage volunteers, and utilize information technology and social media. Students will learn data driven decision making and all aspects of fund development, marketing and communications throughout the course.


POLS 532 Nonprofit Governance and Leadership (3 credits):
This course focuses on the legal foundations and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, including ethical concepts, public attitudes, and contemporary legislative and regulatory issues. Students will explore theories of effective governance and executive leadership that have had wide influence, and how ethical considerations relate to perceptions of excellence and efficacy.


POLS 533 Influences and Impact of Nonprofits (3 credits):
This course covers the history, size and impact of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector in the United States to offer a comparative, global perspective. The growth and culture of the nonprofit sector is intertwined with America’s legal and tax systems, interest groups, social service delivery, foreign aid, rising wealth, and perceived threats to internal security. Students will examine the scope and status of nongovernmental organizations, as well as their influences.


Contact Information

Dr. Paul Pope