MSW Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

For graduate social work students who want to prepare for leadership and executive roles at nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit organizations are among the largest employers in Massachusetts, yet trends predict a shortage of qualified leadership in the coming years.

Wheelock's Master of Social Work (MSW) Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership is designed to address these emerging trends by providing you with the theory, skills, and knowledge to prepare you to advance in nonprofit management.

Unlike other programs designed for executive level managers, Wheelock's program is tailored to professional social workers and MSW students, providing you with the knowledge and skills to take on administrative and leadership positions in nonprofit organizations.

Two courses within the four-course sequence can also fulfill elective requirements in Wheelock's Master of Social Work program. Additionally, MSW students enrolled in this certificate program can waive the class "Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Advanced Applications."

Therefore, you can earn a graduate certification alongside your MSW degree with just one additional course.


The 12-credit MSW Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership requires a sequence of four courses:

  • ORL 510 Organizational Mission, Strategy, and Leadership
  • ORL 530 Program Planning and Evaluation
  • ORL 620 Organizational Governance
  • ORL 531 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management

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