Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate

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Boston University

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. Courses take place in the evening, allowing 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. 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.

Courses are now available online!

Goals and Objectives

Founded at Boston University’s Metropolitan College in 1993, the Arts Administration master’s degree and graduate certificates emphasize excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, internationalism, and a commitment to the technologies of our age as core values in its curriculum.

The socioeconomic and political challenges of the day bring a renewed importance to the work of cultural entrepreneurs, artists, producers, curators, policy-makers, and administrators who embrace the challenge of re-thinking and re-shaping the fundamentals of contemporary society. Our students are prepared for the global responsibilities of the arts in the twenty-first century, and are eager to play leadership roles within visual arts, performing arts, and arts service organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors worldwide.


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

(Four courses/16 credits)
MET AR750 Financial Management
MET AR550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
MET AR723 Individual Fundraising
MET AR711 Capital Campaigns

Online courses operate on a seven-week schedule, with start dates in September (MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations), November (MET AR550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations), January (MET AR 723 Individual Fundraising), and March (MET AR711 Capital Campaigns).

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.


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; international students must have a TOEFL minimum score of 95.