Professional Development Programs

Advance Your Career in Museums and Nonprofit Organizations

Professionals in nonprofit organizations need a diverse skill set to effectively manage the unique range of challenges that nonprofits face. Fundraising, management, education, ethics and communication are just some of the skills that are essential for success in mission-driven environments. Northwestern University offers two certificate programs to help professionals advance their careers in this sought-after and rewarding area.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations

Advance your career in fundraising and nonprofit administration in courses taught by practitioners in the field from major nonprofit institutions, research universities and consulting firms. Choose four courses and create your own custom program or choose from these popular tracks:

  • Fundraising Professional
  • Nonprofit Professional

Museum Studies

Prepare for careers in administration, collections and specialty disciplines within museums, zoos, aquariums, parks and botanical gardens. Students learn to build audiences and maximize learning opportunities and also build fundraising, management and organizational development skills. This program is useful for a wide range of careers inside museums as well as those preparing for a graduate program in museum studies. Courses are offered in Chicago and online.