Nonprofit Pathway Courses

FALL 2019 courses

Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations BUS 250 - Explores the evolution and role of the nonprofit sector in modern society, and provides an overview of the most important and unique elements of nonprofit work.  Course content provides an understanding of, and practical experience with, the key issues and challenges facing nonprofit organizations. Topics include: governance, ethics, legal issues, advocacy, strategic and financial management, diversity and cultural competency, and the role of volunteers.

3 Credits, Hybrid Course, Lakewood Campus
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-9:00pm
7.5 Session I (8/29/2019 – 10/9/2019)


Program Design & Evaluation BUS 176  - Introduces the analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills required for program design, evaluation, and data-driven decision-making. This course includes major concepts in program design and evaluation such as the steps of evaluation, logic modeling, evaluation planning, stakeholders, ethical considerations, cultural humility, probable issues, evaluation approaches, nuts and bolts of program design and implementation, reporting and use.  This course has a service-learning designation.

3 Credits, Hybrid Course, Arvada Campus
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-9:00pm
7.5 Session I (10/15/2019 – 12/10/2019)

Nonprofit Pathway Program Timeline*

Fall Semester: August through October, Intro to Nonprofit Organizations. October through December, Program Development & Evaluation.Spring Semester: January through March, Nonprofit Resource Development. March through May, Nonprofit Financial Management.

*Internships are completed during summer semester.  

Course Format/Location/Cost

  • Courses are offered in a Hybrid/Accelerated format
  • Students attend classes on campus with additional time online each week.
  • Each course is half a semester long (7.5 weeks per course versus traditional 15 week semester).  This allows a student to complete the certificate in one year, focusing on one class at a time.
  • Because the coursework is condensed into a 7.5 week session, coursework moves quickly and attendance in the weekly classes is necessary.
  • Most courses are held at the Arvada Campus.   Always check the class schedule to confirm location of the classes.
  • Tuition varies based on the number of credits taken per semester.  Average program cost is $3,000.  All tuition rates are based on Colorado resident tuition rates.