Fall Happy Hour
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 (Fall 2020)



Affordable Housing Planning


CRP 388

Dynamics of Organizations and Communities


SW 381T

Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting


ACC 380K

Financing Innovation for Social Impact


PA 388L

Gender, Health and Society


PA 383C

Grantwriting and Resource Development


SW 393T

Historical Museums: Context & Practice


INF 388E

Law Clinic: Entrepreneurship and Community Development


LAW 697C

Leadership as a Catalyst for Community Change


PA 388L

Leadership in Human Service Systems


SW 393T

Linked Open Data


PA 397C

Philanthropy: Historical and Comparative Perspectives


PA 388L

Management of Preservation Programs


INF 392G

Nonprofit Management of Human Services


SW 393T

Nonprofit Program Evaluation


PA 388L

Reentry: Criminal Justice [requires professor approval]


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.