The Graduate Microcredential in Nonprofit Governance and Leadership offers a comprehensive program tailored for leaders within the nonprofit sector, aiming to enhance governance and leadership capabilities. Through online learning, seminars, and practical case studies, it addresses critical areas such as ethical leadership, strategic planning, financial oversight, and stakeholder engagement. Designed for board members, executive directors, and senior management, this program emphasizes applying governance principles and leadership strategies to real-world challenges.

Graduates of the program will possess advanced skills in leading nonprofit organizations effectively, fostering collaborative cultures, and making strategic decisions that drive organizational success. They will join a network of professionals, enhancing their capacity for impact and leadership within the sector. This microcredential marks a significant step towards professional growth and organizational development, preparing leaders to make meaningful community contributions.

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.


This program is offered to UWM graduate students already enrolled in another degree or certificate with a minimum 3.0 GPA and non-degree or special students enrolling in credit-bearing microcredentials. Non-Degree Students enrolled in this program are generally not eligible for financial aid.

Credits and Courses

Required Courses
NONPROF 792Decision-Making for Nonprofit and Public Organizations3
NONPROF 725Governance of Nonprofit Organizations3
NONPROF 740Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations3
Total Credits9

Note: Microcredentials do not automatically stack to a degree. A maximum of 12 credits earned as a nondegree student can be transferred to a graduate degree program. Students wishing to stack microcredentials to a graduate degree will need to apply to the degree at or under 12 credits to have coursework count toward their degree. 

Additional Requirements

Transfer Credit

This program does not allow transfer credit.