Preparing and Connecting the Leaders of Tomorrow
Join our network of more than 500 alum of the Nonprofit Studies portfolio program
Preparing and Connecting the Leaders of Tomorrow
Join our network of more than 500 alum of the Nonprofit Studies portfolio program

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. 

Current students in the nonprofit studies portfolio program can submit their volunteer hours here and their professional development/networking events here (one form per event attended).

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 and more details about the current semester offerings here

COURSE TITLE (Spring 2022)

PROFESSOR

COURSE NUMBER 

Advocacy

Daly

CMS 386P

MAN 383

Communications

Eaton

PA 388K

Digital Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

Lentz

PA 388L

Impact Entrepreneurship for America's Children

Hole

BGS 380

Meadows Fellows Policy Research Project: International Consulting in Mexico, Brazil, or India

Eaton

PA 388K

Gender, Health, and Society

Angel

PA 388K

Mobilizing the Community and Engaging Volunteers

Bixler

PA 388L

SW 395K

Nonprofit Management

Ostrower

PA 384C

TD 387D

Policy Implementation Seminar

Childs

SW 395K

Social Work Leadership in Human Service Organizations

Landuyt

SW 393T

Urban Economic Development

Pedigo

PA 388K

Urban Politics and Planning

Mueller

CRP 390

 

 

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.