Undergraduate Minor in Nonprofit Administration

The School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University offers a minor in nonprofit administration. The 18 credit hours of coursework are divided into nine credit hours of required core courses, three credit hours of capstone or professional experience and six credit hours of electives in order to fulfill the academic and professional needs of students. This program is designed to prepare students from a variety of majors for entry-level professional positions in nonprofit organizations.

Students minoring in nonprofit administration also have an option to earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) designation from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Doing so requires completion of PADM 3210, 3220, and 3230 (under the elective stream) and attendance at the Alliance Management Institute conference. This certification also requires students to earn a minimum grade of C in any course counted towards the certification and have the WMU NLA Campus Director attest to the fulfillment of the required competencies.

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • PADM 2000: Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • PADM 3000: Foundations of Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PADM 4500: Human Resources Administration (3 credit hours)


  • PADM 4650: Budgeting and Accounting for the Nonprofit Sector (3 credit hours)


  • PADM 4700: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (3 credit hours)

Capstone or Professional Experience (3 credit hours)

  • PADM 4950: Public and Nonprofit Administration Capstone (3 credit hours)


  • PADM 4100: Internship in Public and Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours)

Electives (6 credit hours)

  • For CNP certification only (3 credit hours)
    *PADM 3210 (1 credit hour)
    *PADM 3220 (1 credit hour)
    *PADM 3230 (1 credit hour)
  • PADM 5830: Grant Writing (3 credit hours)
  • PADM 5840: Promoting Nonprofits (3 credit hours)
  • PADM 5870: Fundraising  (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 3100: Labor Economics (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 3190: Environmental Economics (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 3840: Economic Development (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5720: Cities and Urban Systems (3 credit hours)
  • GRN 4000: Public Policy and Aging (3 credit hours)
  • GWS 3200: Women, Globalization and Social Change (3 credit hours)
  • GWS 3400: Race, Gender and Science (3 credit hours)
  • PSCI 3000: Urban Politics in the United States (3 credit hours)
  • PSCI 3040: Introduction to Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PSCI 3060: Environmental Politics (3 credit hours)
  • PSCI 3500: American foreign Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PSCI 4050: Public Policy and the Economy (3 credit hours)
  • PHIL 3140: Philosophy and Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
  • PHIL 3150: Race and Gender Issues (3 credit hours)
  • SOC 3140: Ethnic Relations (3 credit hours)
  • SOC 5630: Gender and Justice (3 credit hours)
  • SOC 5680: Race Ethnicity and Justice (3 credit hours)
  • SWRK 3000: Social Welfare as a Social Institution (3 credit hours)

Additional courses from within the School of Public Affairs and Administration as well as other departments and colleges may qualify for elective credits with approval of the departmental advisor.