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Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit Leadership

Master the complex and dynamic skills you need to make an impact in the non-profit sector.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Advanced Diploma
$4,279 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2021
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
eCampus Part time • Online Seats available


This advanced diploma program prepares you with knowledge and skills in strategic leadership, finances, marketing, human resource management, partnership development and fundraising.

Non-profit 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 policy, board motions and bylaws are developed and implemented
  • How to set ethical standards for yourself and others
  • Fundamental principles 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

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.

Admission requirements

Program requirements

  • You may be required to complete a current, official Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to complete the Capstone Project. Inability to complete this project will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Up-to-date immunizations may be required.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Study options

  • 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.

Career options

  • Graduates take on a range of positions in non-profit or advocacy organizations, cooperatives or social enterprises. Typical job functions include: fundraising, marketing, communications, project management, volunteer management.
  • For those currently working or volunteering in a non-profit organization, this program will prepare you to assume more responsibility or progress within the organization.

Choose NSCC

  • Courses are delivered online so the program can be completed around your busy schedule.
  • This program was developed to meet the growing needs of non-profit organizations across Nova Scotia.
  • Apply your work experience and knowledge through a Capstone Project, where you develop and implement a project plan relevant to your work.
  • Learn from knowledgeable faculty who bring academic and professional experience to each course.

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   Non-profit Leadership Capstone Project

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