FAQ

What qualities are you looking for in applicants?
Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and several years of professional experience.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The Spring Certificate Program consists of nine days of classes spread over a three month period, with an additional month to complete the capstone management project. The Summer Certificate Program consists of eight consecutive days of classes, with an additional month to complete the capstone management project.

When are classes held?
The Spring Certificate Program is a nine day program held from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday, over a period of three months. The Summer Certificate Program is held on eight consecutive days from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday through Saturday.

Where are the classes held?
Thursday and Friday classes of the Spring Certificate Program are held at Pew Charitable Trusts (901 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004) and Saturday classes are held at Georgetown's Main Campus in Washington, DC. The Summer Certificate Program is held at Georgetown's Main Campus.

What types of people are enrolled?
Most Certificate students are individuals in mid- to senior-level management positions in the nonprofit sector, board members, government and foundation grantmakers, career transitioners and others working with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

How many people do you accept?
CPNL accepts around 45 students for each Certificate Program.

What is the cost of the program?
Tuition is $5,250 and the application fee is $35. Tuition payments can be made by check (made out to Georgetown University) and mailed to:

Luisa Boyarski
Assistant Director
Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership
Georgetown University
Box 571444
3300 Whitehaven Street NW, Suite 5000
Washington, DC 20057-1444

Is scholarship funding available for this program?
Scholarships are available, but are reserved for students with the greatest need. If you are interested in a scholarship, please submit a one or two paragraph letter, addressed to Dr. Kathy Kretman, Director of the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, detailing your need for financial assistance. This letter should be accompanied by a copy of your latest 1040 tax return statement and the current annual budget of the organization where you work. International applicants are welcome to apply for a scholarship and can submit proof of annual income in place of a 1040 tax return.

What kind of credit do I receive for the program?
The Certificate Program is a graduate level course of study. Students receive 7.2 continuing education units (CEUs) for the Spring Certificate Program and 6.4 CEUs for the Summer Certificate Program.

How extensive are the readings and assignments for the program?
The program is designed for working professionals and the readings and assignments are developed accordingly. Participants receive readings a month before each session to provide ample time for review. Certificate participants are asked to complete one short assignment (one to three double-spaced pages) and the capstone management project.  The capstone project is due one month after the last day of class.

Do you provide housing for students coming from out of town?
During the Summer Certificate Program, group rates are available at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel and the Village C Dormitory on Georgetown's main campus. Housing is not provided for the Spring Certificate Program, however, a link to Georgetown University discounted rates is provided in your acceptance packet.

Who should write my recommendation letter?
The recommendation letter should be written by an individual, preferably a current or recent employer, who can comment on the applicant’s work experience and his/her ability to successfully complete the certificate program.

How can I find out more about the program?
To find out more, or if you have further questions, please contact us via phone (202-687-5541), email (npmcert@georgetown.edu), or use the online form.