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Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management

Designed for senior managers and experienced professionals within the non-profit sector as well as professionals who are interested to find out more about the non-profit sector.

Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management


Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management (GDNPM) is a practice-oriented programme. It interweaves conceptual frameworks and practice skills with a focus on strategic application. The programme is designed for senior managers and experienced professionals within the non-profit sector as well as professionals who are interested to find out more about the non-profit sector. Graduates from this programme will be well positioned to strategically understand the non-profit sector and be able to contribute in a variety of related fields including VWOs, NPOs, NGOs, Foundations, Social Enterprises. Being practice oriented, you will develop applied skill sets that will help you achieve the goals of your organisation. Graduates of this programme may look forward to further broadening and deepening their knowledge with the master's degree in Social Development (details forthcoming) that will be launched in the future.

Unique features of the programme:

  • You may choose to take courses as a CET student to enjoy the Skills Future Funding and then apply for admission to the Master's programme upon completion of the Graduate Diploma (with a minimum CGPA of at least 3.0 and within the maximum candidature of two years).
  • Classes are taught by industry practitioners with many years of relevant experience in the non-profit sector
  • Guest speakers from the industry will be invited to share their knowledge and experience

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

On a case by case basis, applicants without an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution but who possess many years of work experience (with strong recommendation letter from the employer) will be considered for admissions.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

The framework of the programme is built around three areas that are fundamental to non-profit management;

  • General management knowledge and skills
  • Organisation context and development
  • Non-profit management domain knowledge and skills.

The programmes provide participants with different pathways and exit points to cater to different professional goals, needs and interests. Participants can exit at the graduate certificate or graduate diploma, and return to earn a higher qualification at a later time.

If the courses are taken consecutively, the programme will stretch over four semesters or two years. However, students will have flexibility in scheduling their studies and will graduate as long as they meet programme requirements within a maximum of two year candidacy.

Modular courses may also be taken individually, via the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) and recognized for credit when applying for admission to the GDNPM and other post-graduate programmes.

For more information on modular courses, please click here.

For information about SkillsFuture funding for these courses, please click here.

LevelStructure
Graduate Certificate

GCNPM students are required to complete 15cu of coursework. The minimum period is half a (0.5) year. Students have to maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 in their coursework as part of the fulfilment of the GCNPM programme.

Currently, the modular courses within the GCNPM programme are offered in July semester via Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). Upon successful completion of these modular courses and attaining the minimum CGPA, eligible students may apply for the Graduate Certificate.

For more information on Graduate Certification, please click here.

Graduate Diploma

GDNPM students are required to complete 30 cu of coursework. Most courses are based on a 5cu configuration. The minimum candidature period is one (1) year and the maximum candidature period is two (2) years. Students have to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in their coursework as part of the fulfilment of the GDNPM programme

Application to GDNPM programme is currently open for both January and July intakes.


Most courses in this programme are conducted on weekends (Saturdays) with the exception of RSS501 which will be conducted on weekday evenings. Students can work in the day and study in the weekends/evenings.

It is aimed at middle management in the social services, arts, music and sports sectors: another potential group is professionals and leaders who are considering a mid-career transition into the non-profit sector from other fields. Such professionals may be motivated by the meaningful social impact of their work in the non-profit sector. While these 'sector movers' are likely to have existing leadership and management skills, they may be keen on further enhancing their knowledge and personal capacities within the non-profit sector

Leadership opportunities in the non-profit sector for graduates exist in voluntary welfare organisations, philanthropic organisations and foundations, and multi-national companies. With the training obtained from the GDNPM, the graduates may be able to train staff in social enterprises and social entrepreneurship organisations on management.

  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma of Non-Profit Management (GDNPM)?
    For 2020, there will be 2 intakes a year; every Jan & July.

  2. What are the minimum and maximum durations of GDNPM?
    GDNPM is a minimum 1-year programme and student may stretch to a maximum of 2 years to complete.

  3. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  4. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Classes for the GDNPM programme are held on either weekday evenings or Saturdays. A student can take up to three courses each semester. For courses with overseas lecturers, a condensed version (combining weekdays and weekends or two consecutive weekends) of the schedule may be utilised. Online instructions and video conferencing may also be explored to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

  5. What are the courses should I complete to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management?
    Students are required to complete 3 core courses: Social Sector Leadership, Volunteer Management & Governance and Fund Raising for Non-Profit Organizations.
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