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Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit Leadership

Master the complex and dynamic skills you need to make an impact in the nonprofit sector.

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Start Date:
2 Years
Advanced Diploma
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Online Part time • Online Waitlist

Program Overview

This is a demanding program that prepares you with knowledge and skills in strategic leadership, finances, marketing, human resource management, partnerships and fundraising. Nonprofit organizations provide a range of programs and services in health, education, recreation, arts and culture and the environment. They play a key role in improving our communities and our quality of life.

In this program, you learn:

  • Differences between governance and management
  • How to understand how policy, board motions and bylaws are developed and implemented
  • How to set ethical standards for yourself and for others
  • Fundamental principles, issues and best practices for positive leadership
  • How to work with partners to achieve results
  • Basic financial accounting
  • Human resource management approaches that help create a productive environment with satisfied employees and engaged volunteers

You also design, implement and manage fundraising activities and community programs. A special focus is placed on the importance of marketing and its impact on the organization.

If you are committed to working or volunteering in the nonprofit sector and have a passion for continuous improvement, this advanced diploma is for you.

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

  • Depending on where you complete your capstone project, you may be required to complete a current, official Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction on any of these checks may impact the student’s ability to complete the capstone project. Inability to complete this project will impact the student’s ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Current immunizations may also be required.

Choose NSCC

  • Courses are delivered online so the program can be completed around your busy schedule.
  • Gain skills that are relevant to the nonprofit sector. This program was developed to meet the growing needs of nonprofit organizations across Nova Scotia.
  • Apply your work experience and newly acquired knowledge through a capstone project where you develop and implement a project plan relevant to your work.
  • Knowledgeable faculty who bring academic and professional experience to each course.

Employment Opportunities

  • A range of positions in nonprofit or advocacy organizations, cooperatives or social enterprises. Typical job titles include Fundraiser/Director of Development, Marketing Manager, Project Manager, Administrative Assistant, Communications Manager, Program Coordinator/Program Director, Executive Director, Financial Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator/Manager.
  • For those currently working or volunteering in a nonprofit organization, this program will prepare you to assume more responsibility or progress within the organization.

Part-time Study

  • This program is only available for part-time study through online delivery.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study is two years.
  • Tuition for part-time study option is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ADCO 3004   Community and Program Development
NPLD 3000   Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
NPLD 3001   Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
NPLD 3002   Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations
NPLD 3003   Nonprofit Communications
NPLD 3005   Philanthropy and Fund Development
NPLD 3006   Human Resource Management for Nonprofits
NPLD 3007   Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations
NPLD 3008   Marketing Nonprofit Organizations
NPLD 3009   Introduction to the Capstone Project
NPLD 3030   Nonprofit Leadership Capstone Project

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

Next Steps

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