Starting this fall, Marymount University will offer a 15-credit graduate certificate program in association and nonprofit management. The program, a collaborative effort with the ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, will prepare students for leadership positions in the nonprofit and association sectors.
The certificate is intended to help professionals currently in associations and nonprofits expand their management knowledge and advance their leadership development, said Dr. Lorri Cooper, chair and director of Marymounts leadership and management programs. She noted that the certificate program could also be a first step toward a masters degree in leadership and management.
The five-course program is conveniently offered weekends and evenings, and takes only 12-18 months to complete. All courses will be taught at Marymounts new Ballston Center, which opens this month.
Applications for the inaugural cohort are now being accepted at marymount.edu/AssociationManagement. Classes begin August 28.
The association job market is rapidly growing and increasingly competitive for leadership roles, and the specialized knowledge and skills, like those developed through the new graduate certificate, are at a premium, said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham. Ultimately, the more you know, the more you can do, and the more attractive you are to an employer. The graduate certificate is an ideal way for association professionals to significantly update their professional profile, advance their career, or broaden their knowledge base through acclaimed post-secondary education.
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 35,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,400 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community.
Marymount University is an independent, coeducational Catholic university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines.