Frequently Asked Questions


Application Process

What's the process for recommendations? After an applicant submits their application, their two references will receive recommendation forms via email. We ask that references complete these recommendations within two weeks after an application has been submitted.

What happens after I apply? We invite all applicants to a group interview. Candidates can expect to hear from us within approximately three weeks after an application deadline with information about scheduling an interview.

What should I expect at the interview, and how should I prepare?  Our group interviews are not traditional interviews. They are designed to give candidates insight into our programs and typically involve 6-8 other student candidates. Candidates should be prepared to discuss the opportunities and challenges in their current work, desired learning opportunities, and how they'll be able to contribute to the community through the program.We will ask all candidates to engage in the discussion throughout the interview, and strongly encourage candidates to ask one another questions and support one another. Attire for interviews is business casual or whatever clothing makes you feel most confident.

Where will interviews be held? Interviews are typically held close to each program site in New York City, Boston, Merrimack Valley / Essex County, Cape Cod and Islands, and in Providence, Rhode Island.

When will I receive an admissions decision? We will discuss the schedule for announcing admissions decisions with all candidates at the group interview.

Program Details

What if I need to miss a class due to work travel or a planned commitment, or an emergency? We understand that students occasionally have unavoidable conflicts with class. If you miss more than 3 classes, you will not earn your certificate, but we can work with you to make up missed classes in some cases.

How much homework is there? On average, students spend 60-90 minutes preparing for each class, primarily reading articles and case studies.

Will I receive books or a reading packet? You will receive online access to class materials; you may print them if you wish.

Tuition (Core Program only)

How is tuition determined?  We are committed to keeping tuition accessible. The Core Program tuition cost of $3,500 is a fraction of the full cost to run the program. More information on our tuition can be found here.

When are tuition payments due? Tuition is due before the start of the program; please reach out to us if that poses a challenge so we can make arrangements.

Affiliation with Tufts University (New England only)

What benefits do Institute for Nonprofit Practice students receive from Tufts? We are a proud affiliate of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. In addition to earning a certificate from Tufts, Institute students have access to select events and library resources. Successful completion of the INP certificate may earn the equivalent of 3 credit-hours for any INP graduates who are admitted and enroll in Tufts graduate degree programs.

Do I need to attend class or events on the Tufts campus? Our classes do not meet at Tufts, though some program events in Boston and in the Merrimack Valley / Essex County (e.g. orientation and graduation) may be on the Tufts campus.

Who issues my certificate? The Institute for Nonprofit Practice provides the certificate to Community Fellows and Core graduates in affiliation with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Community Fellows receive a certificate in Community Leadership and Social Change and Core students receive a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. 

How should my certificate be listed on my resume?  Example: Institute for Nonprofit Practice, in affiliation with Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 2017