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Academic Programs

Are you interested in pursuing an education in West Virginia relevant to work in the nonprofit sector? Read on for opportunities from WVNPA Academic Institution members.

West Virginia Wesleyan College: Nonprofit Management Certificate
The Nonprofit Management graduate certificate is a 12 hour program, aimed to provide nonprofit leaders with the business skills necessary to help their nonprofits thrive.  Certificate classes are offered online, to allow working professionals the opportunity for remote training.  Our courses cover the content areas of Nonprofit Funding, Nonprofit Management, Project Management and Human Resource Management.  These content areas are consistent with the business skills the Forte Foundation has identified are most valuable for today’s nonprofit leaders.  For those seeking additional training, and an additional degree, the Nonprofit concentration within the 36-42 hour MBA program is also an option.
Contact: Prof. Kelly Sharp, MBA Director:
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West Virginia University: Organizational Leadership Program, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree, John Chambers College of Business and Economics
The Organizational Leadership major provides the skills and knowledge for business students to become leaders in the nonprofit, public or private sectors. This major at WVU incorporates youth leadership development, allowing students to train to become leaders right now while they are still the midst of their education, which will transition well into their future careers. Drawing on the diverse background of faculty, staff and community partners, students will dive into the ethical dimensions of leadership and learn business acumen and executive leadership skills. The program will introduce students to effective methods to handle conflict and negotiations and how to foster and lead organizational change. Students will put their knowledge into action inside and outside of the classroom through hands-on, experiential learning activities and projects.  Internships will be a primary component to the learning process providing a win-win for the partnering organization where students will be placed.
Contact: Jeff Houghton:; Kelly Nix:
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Future Generations University: MA in Applied Community Development and Certificate in Applied Community Development.
Your nonprofit is doing great things in West Virginia, and Future Generations University wants to help you do it even better.  Our online master’s degree and certificate enable you to continue your good work while furthering your education.  The applied nature of our program means that you take what you learn in class and, as part of your coursework, apply it directly to your community.  In this way, every class is like a mini-internship, relevant to the work you are already doing.  The 12-credit certificate introduces you to the theory and practice of community change along with 2 courses of your choosing, such as Nonprofit Management, Fundraising and Resource Development, Communications for Change, Monitoring & Evaluation and Community Resource Mapping.  The 32-credit master’s degree expands on these course offerings and provides you the additional flexibility to earn credit through independent projects or internships. Didn’t get around to finishing, or starting, your bachelor’s degree?  Contact us to learn how you can still earn your master’s degree through our alternate admissions process. Also, AmeriCorps volunteers past and present automatically receive a 25% scholarship, and with 2 years of service, your Segal Award will completely cover the cost of the master’s degree.
Contact:  Chris Roper:
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*Are you an academic institution interested in getting your program listed here as part of membership in the West Virginia Nonprofit Association?  Email our Program & Engagement Coordinator for more information.