Nonprofit Programs at the University of San Diego

University of San Diego is one of 37 Changemaker campuses and has served the nonprofit community since 2003. USD offers certificate, graduate and doctoral programs to meet the needs of experienced and emerging nonprofit leaders. Our applied learning model is ideal for mid-senior level professionals who want to serve the greater good of their organizations.

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PhD in Leadership Studies

  • Nation's first doctoral program in Leadership Studies
  • Faculty experts in philanthropic leadership, policy and practice
  • Conduct applied research projects
  • Small cohort model
  • Evening classes
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Doctoral assistantships available

Nonprofit Management Certificate

  • Delivered fully online – ideal for working professionals
  • Complete individual courses in as little as 4 weeks and the whole certificate in 8 months
  • Expert faculty
  • Improve your ability to champion a cause and increase campaign success
  • Build a productive board that can help lead your nonprofit to the next level

MA Nonprofit Leadership & Management

  • Mastering the art of change management
  • Starting a nonprofit
  • Real world application
  • Understanding team dynamics
  • Social change
  • Fundraising strategies
  • Change management
  • Optional National Credential with the NLA