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.

COURSE TITLE (Fall 2021)

PROFESSOR

COURSE NUMBER 

Affordable Housing Planning

Mueller

CRP 388 

SW 395K

UDN 386M

Dynamics of Organizations and Communities

Streeter, Ambrosino

SW 381T

Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting

Charrier

ACC 380K

Finance for Social Innovation

Kotare

PA 388L

SW395K

Financial Management of Human Services

Smith

SW 393T

Gender, Health, and Society

Angel

PA 383C

SW 395K

WGS 393

Grant Writing and Resource Development

Cuba

SW 393T

Historical Museums: Context and Practice

Galloway

INF 388E

Law: Entrepreneurship and Community Development

Way

LAW 697C

Leadership in Human Service Systems

Landuyt

SW 393T

Management of Preservation Programs

Elder

INF 392G

Nonprofit Management: How to Succeed as a Director

Moreau

PA 388K

Philanthropy and Social Change

Lentz

PA 388L

SW

INF

CRP

Program Evaluation for Nonprofit, Public, and Social Impact Initiatives

Bixler

PA 397C

CRP 386

SW 395K

Reentry: Criminal Justice [limited space, must email professor directly with interest and background at hgaebler@law.utexas.edu]

Gaebler

PA 280L

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.