Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management

Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management
The Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management (GDNPM) is a practice-oriented programme. It interweaves conceptual frameworks and practice skills with a focus on strategic application. The programme is designed for senior managers and experienced professionals within the non-profit sector as well as professionals who are interested to find out more about the non-profit sector. Graduates from this programme will be well positioned to strategically understand the non-profit sector and be able to contribute in a variety of related fields including VWOs, NPOs, NGOs, Foundations, Social Enterprises. Being practice oriented, you will develop applied skill sets that will help you achieve the goals of your organisation. Graduates of this programme may look forward to further broadening and deepening their knowledge with the master's degree in Social Development (details forthcoming) that will be launched in the future.

Unique features of the programme:
• You may choose to take courses as a CET student to enjoy the Skills Future Funding and then apply for admission to the Master's programme upon completion of the Graduate Diploma (with a minimum CGPA of at least 3.0 and within the maximum candidature of two years).
• Classes are taught by industry practitioners with many years of relevant experience in the non-profit sector
• Guest speakers from the industry will be invited to share their knowledge and experience
Applicant must possess an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

For SUSS graduate programmes that are conducted in English Language, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) of having at least an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based) [IELTS/TOEFL score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application] IF:

• your undergraduate degree is not awarded by an English-medium University, OR
• your undergraduate degree is awarded by an English-medium University but the language of instruction was not English.

Applicant with an undergraduate degree that was conducted in English but awarded by a non-English medium University must produce an official letter from the University to certify as such in order to seek waiver of the ELPR requirement.

Additional admission requirements may be applicable to some programmes.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo one or more interviews and/or take such written admission or other evaluation tests as may be prescribed by the Singapore University of Social Sciences from time to time.

The offer of admission is dependent on the number of places available in individual programmes. The decision of the Admissions Committee of the University is final and binding. The University reserves the right to refuse admission and is not obliged to offer an explanation for the non-admission of unsuccessful candidates.

On a case by case basis, applicants without an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution but who possess many years of work experience (with strong recommendation letter from the employer) will be considered for admissions.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.
The framework of the programme is built around three areas that are fundamental to non-profit management;
• General management knowledge and skills
• Organisation context and development
• Non-profit management domain knowledge and skills.

The programmes provide participants with different pathways and exit points to cater to different professional goals, needs and interests. Participants can exit at the graduate certificate or graduate diploma, and return to earn a higher qualification at a later time.

If the courses are taken consecutively, the programme will stretch over four semesters or two years. However, students will have flexibility in scheduling their studies and will graduate as long as they meet programme requirements within a maximum of two year candidacy.

Modular courses may also be taken individually, via the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) and recognized for credit when applying for admission to the GDNPM and other post-graduate programmes.

For more information on modular courses, please click here​.

For information about SkillsFuture funding for these courses, please click here​.

Level Structure
Graduate Certificate GCNPM students are required to complete 15cu of coursework. The minimum period is half a (0.5) year. Students have to maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 in their coursework as part of the fulfilment of the GCNPM programme. Currently, the modular courses within the GCNPM programme are offered in July semester via Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). Upon successful completion of these modular courses and attaining the minimum CGPA, eligible students may apply for the Graduate Certificate. For more information on Graduate Certification, please click here.
Graduate Diploma GDNPM students are required to complete 30 cu of coursework. Most courses are based on a 5cu configuration. The minimum candidature period is one (1) year and the maximum candidature period is two (2) years. Students have to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in their coursework as part of the fulfilment of the GDNPM programme Application to GDNPM programme is currently open for both January and July intakes.

Most courses in this programme are conducted on weekends (Saturdays) with the exception of RSS501 which will be conducted on weekday evenings. Students can work in the day and study in the weekends/evenings.

Click here​ to view the programme curriculum.
Next Available Intake
January 2020

Application Closing Date
31 October 2019

Tuition Fee
For current tuition fee, click here.
  1. 1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma of Non-Profit Management (GDNPM)?
    For 2020, there will be 2 intakes a year; every Jan & July.

  2. 2. What are the minimum and maximum durations of GDNPM?
    GDNPM is a minimum 1-year programme and student may stretch to a maximum of 2 years to complete.

  3. 3. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  4. 4. When are the lessons scheduled? 
    Classes for the GDNPM programme are held on either weekday evenings or Saturdays. A student can take up to three courses each semester. For courses with overseas lecturers, a condensed version (combining weekdays and weekends or two consecutive weekends) of the schedule may be utilised. Online instructions and video conferencing may also be explored to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

  5. 5. What are the courses should I complete to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management?
    Students are required to complete 3 core courses: Social Sector Leadership, Volunteer Management & Governance and Fund Raising for Non-Profit Organizations.
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