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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.




Affordable Housing Planning

Mueller CRP 388

Dynamics of Organizations and Communities

Streeter SW 381T

Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting

Charrier ACC 380K
Financing Innovation for Social Impact Kothare PA 388L
Gender, Health and Society Angel PA 383C
Grantwriting and Resource Development Cuba SW 393T
Historical Museums: Context & Practice Galloway INF 388E

Law Clinic: Entrepreneurship and Community Development


LAW 697C

Leadership as a Catalyst for Community Change

Springer PA 388L
Leadership in Human Service Systems Landuyt SW 393T
Linked Open Data Ma PA 397C

Philanthropy: Historical and Comparative Perspectives


PA 388L

Management of Preservation Programs

Elder INF 392G
Nonprofit Management of Human Services Ambrosino SW 393T
Nonprofit Program Evaluation Bixler PA 388L
Reentry: Criminal Justice [requires professor approval] Gaebler LAW 279M

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.