Want to make a difference as well as earn a paycheck?

The nonprofit sector continues to thrive, and this certificate program provides the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as a leader in community-based organizations. With an emphasis on issues related to diverse, urban communities, this program spans everything from policy analysis to fundraising to managing volunteers.

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For more information or questions about the program and admissions.

Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4721



To obtain the certificate, you must complete 15 credits, while fulfilling the requirements of the baccalaureate degree. The certificate is open to all undergraduates, as well as students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any accredited college or university.

You may complete this program completely online (*excluding general education requirement courses), though some courses may be offered in the face-to-face format as well.


Community-Based Organizations: Policy and Leadership Academic Catalog Requirements


profile photoKalyani RaiAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 227-2587kalyanir@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 519
profile photoAaron SchutzProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-4150schutz@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 553
profile photoRajeswari SwaminathanProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesswaminar@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 557
profile photoJavier TapiaAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-5261jtapia@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 563
profile photoAaria TroianoSenior LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-4724atroiano@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 529
profile photoAgnes WilliamsLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-7356avw@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 549