Social Entrepreneurship & Community Development Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development requires a total of 15 credits. Students must take 9 credits of required core courses and 6 credits of electives. The only courses allowed are the graduate level NLM courses listed below. The Program of Study for the Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development is offered online in 7.5 week modules. No more than six credit hours of graduate courses taken before admission can be included in the Program of Study for the Certificate. See the Graduate College's policy manual for more information on graduate certificates.


Criteria for admission to the graduate certificate program include a completed undergraduate degree with a minimum "B" average and experience in the nonprofit sector. This certificate is available to all ASU graduate students irrespective of their majors. Students not currently enrolled in a degree program at ASU may also be a part of the certificate program.

Combine with related master's degree

If you are enrolled or considering a master's degree, you can take these courses while earning your degree. Check with your major advisor today! We have had students from Recreation Management, Public Affairs, Business Administration, and other fields who have taken classes to earn the certificate. This program is available as a fully 'Online' student or as an 'In-Person' student. If you are only taking this program is would be easier for you to apply as an online student. If you are in another in-person program at ASU you want to apply to this certificate as an in-person student. 

Application deadlines

  • Fall Semester: July 26th
  • Spring Semester: December 16th
  • Summer Term: April 27th

Applications must be complete by the above dates for the application term or your application will be applied to the next term (fall, spring, summer). 

How to apply


Core courses (9 credit hours)

  • NLM 562 Social Entrepreneurship
    Introduces social entrepreneurship, including how ideas are formulated, constructed, and implemented; experiential learning in developing a social enterprise plan.
  • NLM 572 Community & Social Innovations
    Examines what makes a healthy community and investigates innovative and creative communities around the world.
  • NLM 520 Financial and Resource Management
    Reviews fiscal-management accounting procedures, understand financial tools used by nonprofit managers, and provides basic framework for evaluating financial performance of a nonprofit organization and fund raising practices.

Elective courses

Students also complete 6 credits of related elective coursework from a selection of graduate level NLM courses (see below).

  • NLM 530 Program Evaluation & Information Management
    This course provides the tools to design and conduct practical program evaluation research in today's nonprofit organizations. Develops skills in several areas, including evaluation, needs assessment, information and data collection, data management and analysis, computer applications, and report writing. Students will select an individualized project and design a program evaluation specific to their organization.
  • NLM 565 Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
    Provides practical, experiential instruction identifying grant makers, writing proposals, developing budgets, and evaluating grant proposals for the nonprofit sector. Students develop proposals based on actual, identified needs of their partner nonprofit organization.
  • NLM 540 Strategic Human Resources Management
    This course addresses the challenges of managing paid staff and human resources in nonprofit organizations. Students will gain an understanding of human resource theories and tools to determine roles, evaluate responsibilities, and lead staff toward optimal performance. It will improve supervisory, management and leadership skills.
  • NLM 590 Reading and Conference
    Independent study in which a student meets regularly with a faculty member to discuss assignments. Course may include such assignments as intensive reading in a specialized area, writing a synthesis of literature on a specific topic or writing a literature review of a topic.

Contact information

For administrative questions about the Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development Graduate Certificate, please contact the School of Community Resources and Development.at SCRD@asu.edu.