Nonprofit Management Certificate Format and Cost

Convenient Format and Schedule

The Nonprofit Management Certificate is offered via the ASU Course Management System: Canvas through these eight (8) asynchronous (self-paced study) online courses*, which contain synchronous (conducted at a specific time) Zoom instructional class opportunities facilitated by a Knowledge Specialist:

  • NMI 102: Maximizing Human Potential in Nonprofits
  • NMI 103: Effective Financial Management Principles
  • NMI 104: Engaging and Developing Volunteers
  • NMI 105: High Impact Leadership
  • NMI 106: Optimizing Nonprofit Resource Fund Development
  • NMI 108: Analyzing for Program Impact
  • NMI 111: Impactful Board Governance
  • NMI 112: Emerging Marketing & Social Media Strategies

*List order does not reflect the order in which courses must be taken.  Courses may be taken in any order.*

Nonprofit Management Certificate seekers may register for the full certificate, and working with a Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) staff member, create a course calendar that best fits their individual schedule.

Convenient Schedule

All NMI courses are intensive but flexible learning experiences conveniently scheduled twice annually. This certificate does not need to be done in any particular sequence, and courses may be started and ended in any combination. Students may begin with the next calendar opportunity and complete the certificate generally within twelve months*. Participants must successfully graduate all eight required courses within a three-year period to attain this certificate. (*Courses must meet a minimum attendance to remain a scheduled offering.)

NMI courses are conducted asynchronously online over fourteen days and require a total of approximately 15-20 hours of study/participation per week. All NMI courses now also contain synchronous Zoom class instructional opportunities.


All NMI courses are competency based. Upon successful completion of all required courses within the certificate program, graduates are presented with a Professional Development Certificate in Nonprofit Management by the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation

Affordable and flexible tuition

Full Certificate Costs and Flexible Payment Options

There are several ways to purchase your full certificate.

Option A: $2360 - Onetime Payment in Full

This option is the most cost effective with the price reduced to $295 per course! Payment for this option must be done with a onetime payment. (Payment must be made in full before the start of the first course begun in a full certificate program.)

Option B: $2520 – Staggered Payment Plan

This option secures our Early Bird discount on all required courses in this certificate program. This plan is designed to stagger the costs of the program reasonably over four affordable payments of $630. The down payment allows you to begin your certificate program with subsequent payments made in advance of beginning the next courses in your succession schedule.

Option C: $2595 – Ala Carte Plan

In this option, participants must be motivated to track their own course schedules online, sign up for their required courses in advance of discount deadlines and notify NMI staff that they intend to graduate from the certificate program. This plan is calculated at the presumed discount rate of $315 per course (costs may be higher if Early Bird deadlines are missed) with an administrative fee of $75 to verify course requirements have been met and issue the certificate upon completion.

Individual prices are $349 per course for this certificate program. Early Bird pricing of $315 per course applies if registration is completed 10 business days before each course start date.

Full Certificate Group Rate – 20% off

If you register two or more participants, we will give you an additional 20% discount off the full price on your group registrations!

Please contact NMI staff before beginning registrations to be issued a special discount code for this special offer.


Methods of Payment

ASU Lodestar Center accepts these methods of payment:

  • QuikPay (credit and debit cards)
  • Purchase Orders from qualified companies and governmental agencies registering for individuals.
  • Segal AmeriCorps Educational Awards 

Please contact for questions on payments, payment structure and scheduling before you begin your registration.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Opportunities

Segal Educational Awards may be used for NMI certificate programs. You must have participated in service through AmeriCorps, to qualify for those benefits.

Registration for Nonprofit Management Institute certificates using your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a two-step process:

  1. Please complete the form on this page of our website: Segal -AmeriCorps Educational Award NMI Registration to indicate your interest in applying your AmeriCorps Education Award toward this certificate program.
  2. After completing that form, go to My AmeriCorps to process a payment request for the use of your Segal Award funds. Payment requests should be designated to Arizona State University.
  3. Register for the Full Certificate on our website here: Nonprofit  Management Certificate