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Mission Statement

The mission of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership is to educate, support, and connect the next generation of nonprofit leaders. In addition to its cornerstone Certificate Program the Institute conducts research and supports a burgeoning network of practitioners through fellowships, teaching and mentoring opportunities, and access to university resources.


How can you make the difference in your organization? A firm grasp of business fundamentals, an ability to think and act strategically, and a capacity to make tough yet humane decisions. The Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop the precise leadership and management skills you need to make your organization thrive.

Here you will combine your distinctive purpose, voice, and ambition with the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of experienced practitioners, seasoned faculty, and accomplished social entrepreneurs. Prepare yourself for heightened effectiveness through individual performance and orchestrated teamwork. Our hands-on curriculum brings together core management skills and self-knowledge with an understanding of the powerful organizational and community systems within which your leadership is exercised.

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2014/2015 Dates
Application Deadline June 16, 2014
Application Decision July 21, 2014
Boston Courses Begin September 30 & October 2, 2014
Lowell Courses Begin October 1, 2014
Graduation April 29, 2015
Class times
Management Seminar Boston – Select Tuesdays
Lowell – Select Wednesdays
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Practice Seminar Boston – Select Tuesdays
Lowell – Select Wednesdays
6:30PM – 8:30PM