Frequently Asked Questions

The Nonprofit Management certificate program will be discontinued as of fall 2020, and no classes will be offered for the program at this time. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.

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Less than $2,500 for each seven-course certificate, which covers course fees and materials.
During the spring (January - May) and fall (September - December) semesters. Each class meets on Friday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and the following Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with an hour off for lunch.
Classes in the Fundamental Management Skills program are held twice per year — once each fall and once each spring semester. Classes in the Leadership & Strategic Management program are held once each year, in either the fall or the spring semester.
The Fundamental Management Skills program can be completed in one semester or can be spread out over two or more semesters. The Leadership & Strategic Management program can be completed in one academic year or spread out over three or more semesters.
In order to earn a certificate, you must complete all seven courses in the corresponding series. But, if you do not want to earn a certificate, you can take only the courses that interest you most.
No. Each series has been designed to provide students with a certain skill set; being awarded the certificate verifies that you have completed the coursework needed to help you develop those skills.
Yes! To earn both certificates you must complete all seven courses in each series. Consult the course schedules each semester to plan accordingly.
There are usually about 20 students in the Fundamental Management Skills program classes and eight to ten in the Leadership & Strategic Management program classes. Each class is capped at 30 students and must have a minimum of seven students enrolled in advance of the start date or it will be cancelled.
No. This is a professional development certificate that awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as opposed to academic units. Ten hours equals one CEU; each course in the program is one CEU. To receive a certificate, students must earn seven CEUs.
Yes, so long as the international student maintains valid F-1 status at the school that grants them the I-20 form.
Each student receives “credit” or “no credit” for each course. In order to receive credit, you must register and pay for the course, attend the entire 10 hours, and participate in class activities and discussions. Students who attend only a portion of the class or otherwise do not participate in class activities will not receive credit for the course.
No, this is a professional development certificate that awards CEUs, which cannot be converted to academic units.
No. In order to earn a certificate, you must complete all seven courses in the corresponding program at SF State.
There are no prerequisites and no formal application process. To enroll in a course, simply register and pay the fee. To register, call (415) 405-7700 [press 5] or visit the class schedule.
We recommend that you register about two weeks before the class begins and ask that you register at least five days before the class begins. You may also register and pay on-site with a check or money order at the beginning of class.
No (but you can). You are welcome to register and pay as you go, but once you register for a course, you must make payment within five days or by the time the class starts, whichever comes first, or you will be dropped from the roster.
No. If you are unable to attend a course you have registered and paid for, you can receive a refund only if you notify us in advance of the class start date.
Unfortunately, there is no federal aid for non-academic programs at this time. This program is eligible for CalJOBS.
No, but we do share internship announcements and job postings with interested students.
Yes! If you have a listing you’d like us to post, send complete information to jalford@sfsu.edu.