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Nonprofit Portfolio students and alumni connect to kick off the new academic year
Fall Happy Hour
Nonprofit Portfolio students and alumni connect to kick off the new academic year

Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies Overview

Nonprofit and philanthropic activity are vital to generating social impact, and addressing the complex challenges of the world today. As boundaries between the nonprofit, private and public sectors blur, it is increasingly important to gain skills and ideas that can be applied in multiple roles and organizations. 

Effective leadership requires deep understanding of current trends and policy issues, and the willingness to take action. The Nonprofit Studies Portfolio is an opportunity to develop specialized skills in social finance, nonprofit management, philanthropy, cultural policy, social marketing and community collaboration. Students ready to make a difference in the world can advance their journey with the Certificate in Nonprofit Studies and with the RGK Center community of colleagues and faculty.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Studies is available to any currently enrolled graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin. To ensure certification appears on the academic transcript, a student is responsible for completing:

  • Four (4) courses – 12 credit hours total – of preapproved classes, including one taught by an RGK Center faculty member and one internship or field placement.  Any new class or course exception must be approved by the Program Coordinator and Director.

  • Forty (40) hours of volunteer service at a nonprofit or public service organization.

  • Four (4) networking and professional development events or activities.

Please review the FAQ and contact the Program Coordinator with any questions about program requirements. 

With planning and the use of electives, students typically fulfill the requirements of the Portfolio Program without extending the time necessary to complete their graduate degree program. Explore the wide range of courses approved for the current semester below. See past semester offerings here.

COURSE TITLE (Spring 2021)

PROFESSOR

COURSE NUMBER

FORMAT

Advocacy

Daly

MAN 383

Face-to-face

Austin Arts/Economic Development Policy

Pedigo

PA 388K

Hybrid/Blend

Building an Intergenerational Metropolis

Angel

SW 395K

Internet

City Consulting: Engaging Austin to Understand Homelessness

Pedigo, Greenberg

PA 388K

Internet

Civic Entrepreneurship for America's Children

Hole

PA 388K

Internet

Collaborative Governance

Bixler

PA 389L

Internet

Data Management and Research Lifecycle

Ma

PA 397C

Internet

Meadows Fellows -- NGO Consulting

Eaton

PA 388L

Internet

Mobilizing the Community and Engaging Volunteers

Bixler

PA 388L

SW395K

Internet

Nonprofit Law (2 credit hour class)

Staricka

LAW 279M

PA 288K

Internet

Social Entrepreneurship 

Thornborrow

PA 388L

MAN 385

SW 395K

Internet

Social Justice Philanthropy

Lentz

PA 388L

Internet

Storytelling for Policy Wonks

Stekler

PA 388K

Face-to-face

Please review the FAQ and contact the Program Coordinator with any questions about courses or registration.  

Applying during the first year of graduate study is recommended for maximizing opportunities and course registration support.  Graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program at The University of Texas at Austin are eligible to apply.  The online application asks for contact information, the courses expected (or taken) to meet the Certificate requirements, as well as career goals.  Typically, a student receives a welcome email and is added to the program listserve within 24 hours of submitting an application. 

Apply online.

Please review the FAQ and contact the Program Coordinator with any questions about the application process.