The Certificate in NGO and Nonprofit Studies at KPU prepares students for voluntary and entry-level work at NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). In Canada, the nonprofit and voluntary sector is the second largest in the world, with over 1 million full-time (FTE) paid employees. The number of NGOs operating worldwide has been expanding exponentially since WWII, and this presently represents a growing labour market.
There is an increasing move towards professionalization in this area, and KPU's targeted introduction to disciplines in both the Faculty of Arts and the School of Business ensures that graduates have covered comparative perspectives on civil society, voluntary action and philanthropy, as well as key aspects of financial management and accountability.
The Certificate in NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) and Nonprofit Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is unique to this region, and is distinct from other nonprofit management programs in that if offers the following:
- 30-credit program available directly out of high school
- Program structure that bridges the Faculty of Arts and School of Business
- Broad inclusion of local human rights, environmental, and advocacy organizations in Vancouver's Lower Mainland
How does the Credential Work?
Declaring the Credential…
The Certificate in NGO and Nonprofit Studies is available through regular course study in the Faculty of Arts. Business courses are included in the program and students from the School of Business are also encouraged to take the Certificate in NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) and Nonprofit Studies.
While you do not have to declare during study, that you are officially completing the Certificate, it helps our Advisors make sure you are on track with the program.
Receiving the Credential…
As soon as you finish your required courses, you can apply to receive the Certificate in NGO and Nonprofit Studies. Fill out the Graduation Credential Request Form. This form will be processed and then sent for confirmation to KPU’s Senate meeting. The dates for the Senate meetings are available online so please process the form in a timely manner to ensure quick processing.
If you are continuing with your studies, you can receive the Certificate while you are still completing your Bachelor’s degree requirements. You do not have to attend Convocation to receive the Certificate, although you certainly can, if you would like.
|Required (5)||Required (3)||Choose Two (2)|
Social and Cultural Anthroplogy
NGO's in Context
NGO's in Practice
Introduction to Marketing
Fundamentals of Business in Canada
Introduction to Journalism
Canadian Government and Politics
Ideology and Politics
Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures
Introduction to University Writing
Introduction to Professional Communication
Cross-Cultural Women's and Gender
Culture and Environment
Introduction to International Relations
Social Justice in Global and Local Contexts
Introduction to GIS
Sustainability: Analysis and Ethics
Financial Accounting 1
Organizational Behaviour 1
Any of the required course options not chosen already
Laddering the Credential
|Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)||Bachelor of Arts (BA)|
HRMT (Human Resource Management)
ENTRE (Social Entrepreneurship)
POLI (Political Science)
PRLN (Public Relations)
POST (Policy Studies)
Additionally, the following programs offered in other faculties are also applicable:
AGRI (Sustainable Agriculture) – Bachelor Applied Science
ENVI (Environmental Protection Technology) – Diploma
For any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator, Larissa Petrillo at: email@example.com
In all cases, the courses that are included in the Certificate in NGO and Nonprofit Studies serve as the required pre-requisite for the following upper-level options -