Graduate Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Performance Management

Gain foundational knowledge and skills for effective public and nonprofit performance management in this certificate program.

The Suffolk Graduate Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Performance Management (GCPNPM) examines how public sector and nonprofit organizations are moving toward new management and performance systems. In this nine-credit program, you will focus on the rationale for performance management and how to achieve strategic and operational outcomes through informed and institutionalized performance decision making and action.

This hybrid on campus/online program can be completed in as few as two semesters. You can continue to build on your management knowledge by stacking the GCPNPM with our Graduate Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Management & Leadership. If you apply to the Master of Public Administration program within a year of completing this certificate, and had a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, you won't need to take the GRE or GMAT to enroll in the master's program.

View the Public & Nonprofit Performance Management curriculum

Admission & Costs

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: July 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
  • Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling

Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Letters of recommendation (learn more)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

Graduate Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Performance Management (2022-2023)

Per credit, on campus: $1,262
Per credit, online: $1,243

Financial Assistance Information

Federal student loan aid is available for this program--see Federal Student Aid for details and use Suffolk's code: 002218. Suffolk University also offers several options to help you finance your graduate studies. Learn about the discounts that may be available to you.

Visit Student Financial Services to view graduate loan and financing options.

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