Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate

Designed and delivered by expert Arts Administration program faculty, the four-course Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management provides administrative, financial, technical, and leadership skills for those seeking careers as professional fundraisers and for nonprofit managers who wish to substantially enhance their ability to raise funds. Offered both on campus and online, the certificate program is also appropriate for professionals considering a career change, as well as professionals in the arts, health care, education, and human services fields. The convenient online and evening course formats allow students to earn this valuable credential while continuing to work full-time.

The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management is a CFRE Approved Provider for Continuing Education. Full participation in the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management is applicable for 147.75 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification.

Students who wish to apply for continuing education points on their CFRE application for initial certification and/or recertification can download the 2018 CFRE Tracker Form to submit their continuing education points.

CFRE - Certified Fund Raising Executive

Certificate students take classes with students who are in the Master of Science in Arts Administration program. Students have access to all the resources of the department and the University, including the extensive network of visual and performing arts organizations that has employed Boston University graduates, and internship and job placement services.

The certificate is open to qualified applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited college or university in the United States or abroad. All candidates for admission are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and related work experience. A student may take up to two courses before admission to the Fundraising Certificate, but must apply and be accepted to the program prior to the completion of the second course.

Courses are also available online. Online courses operate on a seven-week schedule, with start dates in September (MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations), November (MET AR 550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations), January (MET AR 723 Individual Fundraising), and March (MET AR 711 Capital Campaigns).

More information can be found here. These courses complete the certificate, and would count towards the ten total courses required for the master’s degree should you choose to earn both the master’s and Fundraising Management Certificate. Find out more about what it’s like to be an online student at Boston University and explore the benefits of studying online here.

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Course Requirements

The certificate consists of four graduate courses for a total of 16 credits, as listed below.


(Four courses/16 credits)

Transfer of Credits to Degree Program

Upon completion of the certificate, interested students may apply for admission to the Master of Science in Arts Administration degree program. If accepted, all successfully completed credits earned toward the certificate may be applied toward degree requirements.