By taking one course per semester, you could finish the certificate curriculum in 3 to 4 semesters of study, depending on your practicum experience. Contact your departmental adviser for more information.

Earn Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Points

Three courses in the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership — LA 402, LA 802, and LA 895 — are eligible to earn points  toward the requirements necessary to take the CFRE International exam. Students who successfully complete all three courses, and who apply for and are granted CE credits, will have earned the requisite number of education credits required by CFRE. 

Course List - Postbaccalaureate Certificate Fundraising Leadership

Title Abbreviation Description Credits Semesters offered
Fundraising Leadership: Building a Strong Base L A 402 The course will focus on the fundamentals of fundraising and leadership, including communications, management of events and people, and stewardship. 3 credits* Spring
Fundraising Leadership II: Achieving Success L A 802 This course focuses on advanced topics in fundraising and leadership: strategic planning, communications, and management of campaigns, events, and people.

Prerequisite: L A 402 or permission of instructor
3 credits* Spring
Practicum in Philanthropic Leadership L A 895 Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction, including field experiences, practicums, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.  1 credit* Spring

*Completion of this 3-credit course does qualify for CFRE credits, please contact the program directly to learn more. 

Pick (1) one 3-credit elective from the following list of options: 

Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Principles of Strategic Communications COMM 428A  Principles of Strategic Communications provides an overview of the various media and communications methods that comprise modern integrated marketing campaigns. 3* credits
Psychological Foundations of Leadership PSY 532

Examines the social and psychological processes underlying leadership in organizations. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the psychological, cognitive, and social foundations underpinning leadership thinking and theory.

3 credits
Grant Writing ENGL 478

A successful grant-writer achieves confidence with hands-on practice, mastering the underlying principles of effective research and outreach; feasible and complete content-generation; and the writing of precise, clear, audience-centered prose.

3 credits

Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations OLEAD/LER 464 Theory- and research-based communication skills for leaders dealing with work-related problems in contemporary groups and organizations. 3 credits
Writing for the Web ENGL 420

Covers analysis and composition of informative, persuasive, and creative web texts, based on rhetorical principles; no prior web writing experience required.

3 credits
Administrative Leadership in Higher Education

HIED 842

Provides an overview of administrative leadership within higher education institutions. Students learn about organizational structure, governance, leadership, decision-making, internal and external constituencies, culture, resources, and organizational change.

3 credits
Marketing Organization Development and Consulting WFED 881

Familiarizes students with the unique issues in marketing organization development (OD) and OD consulting services.

3 credits

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