Application Process

Schedule & Deadlines

Spring 2025 Virtual Program:

February 6-8, March 6-8, April 3-4

Application Deadline: December 6, 2024

Summer 2025 In-Person Program:

June 7-14 (8-day program)
Application deadline: April 25, 2025

Please note that we have a rolling application process and will accept applications throughout the year.

Who Should Apply?

The certificate program is designed for mid-to-senior level staff, board members, grant makers, and others who work with nonprofits as well as career transitioners. Each application is reviewed on its own merit. At a minimum, an applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree or have comparable work experience. All applicants should have at least five years of professional or management experience.

Application Checklist:

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Scholarship Request (if applying for a scholarship)

Application Form: The application form can be accessed via this link.

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $35. Applicants may pay by check, money order or cash. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Georgetown University.”

Please send the application fee via regular mail to:

Luisa Boyarski, Ph.D.
Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, Georgetown University
600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Resume: Applicants should submit a current resume, indicating at least five years of work experience, with the application.

Essay: Applicants should submit a one-to-two page typed essay describing their experience and/or interest in the nonprofit sector and why they wish to pursue a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate.

Letter of Recommendation: Applicants should submit one letter of recommendation addressed to the Director, Dr. Kathy Kretman, from an individual who can comment on their work experience and their ability to successfully complete the certificate program. The applicant can either include the signed and sealed recommendation in the completed application package or have the individual mail or email the letter to

Scholarship Request: A number of scholarships are available for individuals with financial need. Scholarship applicants will be considered for all of the relevant opportunities and do not need to specify a specific scholarship. To apply for a scholarship, please submit a short letter explaining your financial need, a copy of your most recent 1040 tax return statement, and the annual budget of your organization. International applicants are welcome to apply and can submit proof of income in place of a 1040 tax return.

Scholarship support is provided by: The Crimsonbridge Foundation, World Bank Group, Diverse City Fund, Micron Foundation, Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, and alumni of the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program.

Submission of Application Materials:

Application materials should be emailed to The application fee should be mailed to the address above.