Nonprofit Pathway Courses

Fall 2020 courses

Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations BUS 250  - Explores the evolution and role of the nonprofit sector in society and provides an understanding of, and practical experience with, the key issues and challenges facing nonprofit organizations. 

3 Credits, Hybrid Course, Lakewood Campus
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-9:00pm and online
7.5 Session I (8/19/2020 – 10/7/2020)

Program Design and Evaluation BUS 251  - Introduces the analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills required for program design, evaluation, and data-driven decision-making.

3 Credits, Hybrid Course, Arvada Campus
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-9:00pm and online
7.5 Session I (10/13/2020 – 12/8/2020)


Spring 2021 courses


Building Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations BUS 252 - Introduces the many ways nonprofits earn revenue to support their programs and activities from private and public grant opportunities, donations from individuals and corporations, local and national foundation support, and social enterprise.

3 Credits, Hybrid Course, Lakewood Campus
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-9:00pm and online
7.5 Session I (1/20/2021 – 3/10/2021)

Nonprofit Financial Management BUS 253 - Explores the key elements of financial management for nonprofit organizations including financial planning and budgeting, management of cash flows, short- and long-term financing, and endowment management policies and practices.

3 Credits, Hybrid Course, Arvada Campus
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-9:00pm and online
7.5 Session I (3/17/2021 – 5/5/2021)

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/Capstones are completed during summer semester or after the four core courses are completed.  

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.  All tuition rates are based on Colorado resident tuition rates.


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