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 with instructions to complete their online recommendation form. We ask that references complete these recommendation forms 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 group interviews. They are designed to give candidates insight into our programs typically involve 6-8 students candidates and 2 Institute staff at each interview. We will ask all candidates to contribute to the discussion throughout the interview, and strongly encourage candidates to ask one another questions and support one another. 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 ask that all candidates dress in business casual or professional clothing for the group interview.

Where will interviews be held? Interviews are typically held in downtown Boston, Lowell, Cape Cod & Islands, and in Providence.

When will I receive an admissions decision? We will discuss the schedule for announcing admissions decisions with all candidates at the group interview. In general, we announce all admissions decisions within 45 days of the application deadline. 

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 90-120 minutes preparing for each class, primarily reading articles and cases.

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, and our Core tuition cost of $3,500 is a fraction of the cost to run the full 22 week 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.

I work for an organization with a parent organization. Which organization's revenue is considered for tuition determination? The organization that administers HR oversight is the organization used for revenue determination. 

Affiliation with Tufts University

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 selected events and library resources; students' organizations often benefit from partnering directly with Tisch College students as fellows/interns and with faculty for research.

Do I need to attend class or events on the Tufts campus? Our classes do not meet at Tufts, though some program events (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