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Non-Profit and Social Sector Management

Non-Profit and Social Sector Management

Program Code:NPM
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work-Integrated Learning:Optional Work Term

Program Description

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate offers students an understanding of how to lead and manage a nonprofit organization toward sustainable growth. In doing so, graduates will master a basic competency skill level in a wide range of functional areas common to business but adapted and applied to the nonprofit organization. Graduates will demonstrate not-for-profit values with 'for-profit' skills.

The purpose of the program is to develop competence in program planning, development and evaluation; transparent and ethical corporate governance practices; marketing and sales; funds sourcing, including the latest trends in fundraising; financial management; human resources management; and, building partnerships and leveraging volunteer engagement to effectively manage public benefit programs and social services.

Drawing on local, national and international cases, students are exposed to the diversity of the sector and the challenges in managing large and small organizations within the sector. The mandatory student internship is a field placement designed for students to gain valuable experience and draw on the experience of actual organizations and leaders in the GTA. Students will experience applying leadership and problem solving skills in a community-based organization.

Field Placement

You will benefit from an unpaid field placement that applies classroom learning in a nonprofit or social enterprise setting. Your placement will give you experience completing high demand deliverables, including:

  • measuring the impact of social programs with SROI analysis
  • new legislation compliance plans
  • brand management and marketing plans at organizational and event levels
  • fundraising strategies
  • volunteer engagement strategies
  • human resource management policies and procedures manuals
  • social enterprise business planning

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or three-year postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.


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Your Career

There are over 69,000 organizations employing almost 1.2 million people in the non-profit sector in Canada in areas such as health and social services; development and housing; arts and culture; sports and recreation; environment; international; religion; education and research; law, advocacy and politics; and, fundraising and grant making. Organizations that employ professionals, such as our graduates, are associations, non-profits, charities, advocacy groups, foundations, social enterprises and co-operatives. The non-profit sector accounts for over 7% of the GDP in Canada, making it larger than the auto industry in Ontario. Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and credentials to embrace management opportunities in any of the diverse array of organizations in the social sector.

Full participation in the Non-Profit and Social Sector Management Graduate Certificate is applicable for 75 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model
  Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work Term

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2017/2018 Academic Year

Semester 1
IBS603 Fundamentals of Project Management
NPM700 Introduction to the Non-Profit Sector
NPM703 Strategic Planning for Non-Profit and Social Enterprises
NPM706 Resource Development Strategies
NPM802 Computer Applications and Information Systems
NPM804 Financial Management for Non-Profit Organizations
Semester 2
NPM702 Leadership Approaches in the Non-Profit Sector
NPM704 Human Resources Management in the Social Economy
NPM800 Building Alliances and Partnerships in the Social Sector
NPM801 Marketing Management for Non-Profit and Social Enterprises
NPM803 Program Development, Management and Evaluation
NPM807 Integrated Project II
WTP100 Work Term Preparation (Work-Integrated Learning option only)
Work-Integrated Learning Term
NPM441 Non-Profit and Social Sector Management, Work Term

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Stacy Chan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22806
International Admissions Advisor: International Admissions
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22364
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aaron Bradley
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22462
Program Contacts:
Program Student Advisor: Lisa Ballantyne
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22175
Program Coordinator: Jane Haddad
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26334
Program Chair: Maria Sairoglou
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26718
Additional Contacts:
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Program Co-ordinator Jane Haddad is interviewed on Rogers TV daytime York Region. Video


"The NPL curriculum provided me the knowledge and qualifications I need to succeed in my current role. The professors well aware of the issues affecting the nonprofit landscape, enabling them to provide students with the skills employers require. I would definitely suggest this program for anyone who is interested in a career in the nonprofit sector."

Tanya Mavalvala
Scientists in School

"Government and the For-Profit sectors alone will never solve all of the world’s problems. This program is more important than ever because globally we need great leaders of the Non-Profit sector as well to accomplish truly meaningful things for those in need."

Neil Hetherington
past CEO
Habitat for Humanity, New York City