Nonprofit Pathway Certificate Program

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Introducing the Nonprofit Pathway – a certificate to fuel your passion to make a difference!

The Nonprofit Pathway was created in partnership with Community First Foundation to provide a career path for passionate people to become changemakers and to ensure that Colorado's nonprofits have access to a skilled and diverse workforce.   

The Nonprofit Pathway Certificate Program 

  • Helps students build or expand the practical skills and knowledge needed in today's nonprofit workforce.
  • Incorporates experiential learning opportunities through community partnerships that:
    • Provide real world experience for students
    • Connect classroom learning through real world projects
    • Expose students to a variety of missions to connect their interests with a mission driven career 
  • Provides transfer pathways for students to attain a bachelor’s degree leading to work in the nonprofit sector (articulation agreements with undergraduate bachelor degree programs in development)

Fall Courses »»ENROLLING NOW««

Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations BUS 175 (3 credit).  Explore the evolution and role of the nonprofit sector in modern society.  Examine the inner workings of nonprofit organizations to develop an understanding of how they are managed and what makes them different from private or public organizations. 

Program Design, Evaluation & Decision Making BUS 176 (3 credit).  Learn the analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills required for program design, evaluation, and evidence-based decision making.  This course has a service-learning designation.  

Spring and summer 2018 course schedule (coming soon)


Course Format/Location/Cost

  • Hybrid/Accelerated: Most courses are held weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30-9 in the classroom and additional time online.
  • Each course will be half a semester long (8 weeks per course versus traditional 16 week semester).  This will allow a student to complete the certificate in one year, focusing on one class at a time.
  • Courses will be held at the Arvada Campus.
  • Fall 2017 course dates
    • BUS 175 Intro to Nonprofit Organizations    8/23/17-11/11/17
    • BUS 176 Program Design, Evaluation and Decision-making   11/18/17-12/6/17
  • Tuition varies based on the number of credits taken per semester.  All tuition rates are approximate and based on Colorado resident tuition rates.
    • $589 - 3 credits
    • $1029 - 6 credits
    • Total certificate cost is $2,800

Certificate Overview 

The Nonprofit Pathway is a program of the Business Department.  The following courses are required to earn the Nonprofit Pathway certificate.

  • Total certificate 16 credits*
    • Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Program Design, Evaluation & Decision Making (3 credit)
    • Building Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Approved Elective (1 credit)
    • Internships or capstone (3 credit)

*If you do not plan to complete the certificate program, courses can be taken individually as needed to meet your personal or professional goals.


For More Information Contact

Program Director 
O: 303.914.6478