Leadership and Volunteer Management - Online and Distance Education

Leadership and Volunteer Management

Graduate Certificates | Leadership and Volunteer Management

Leadership and Volunteer Management

Entrance Exam: Not Required

A Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Online Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Volunteer Management prepares students to work as leaders in community-based organizations. It prepares and strengthens future and current professionals to assume administrative positions and leadership roles within community-based youth or family development. Students gain a more comprehensive understanding of organizational leadership, as well as an applied understanding of effective management skills. The certificate is intended to enhance a student’s work in organizational administration and/or volunteer management including volunteer recruitment, retention, risk management, and recognition.


Applicants must meet one of these three requirements for admission to the graduate certificate program:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of graduation,
  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program, or
  • Have a bachelor's degree.

Plan of Study

Four courses (12 credit hours) must be completed. Only 6 credits of any PBS or NDS course can transfer into our certificate program.

  • All certificate requirements must be completed within four calendar years, beginning with the date the student commences the first course toward the certificate.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all certificate course work.
  • The minimum grade to receive certificate credit is "C."
  • Students may take up to nine (9) credit hours of coursework as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS)/Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student before being accepted to the certificate program.
  • Transfer credit from other programs is not allowed.
  • Students must submit a Family and Youth Development Graduate Certificate Exit Form when all program requirements have been completed.

Career Prospects

Graduate certificate programs are an alternative to a full master’s degree. Our certificate programs are designed to prepare professionals to better serve in their roles as family life and parent educators and youth professionals.