How much is tuition?

Core Certificate Program: Tuition for the Core Certificate Program is $3,500. Tuition is significantly subsidized by INP’s fundraising and represents a portion of the actual program costs. We strive to make the program affordable to as many leaders as possible. Where appropriate, INP provides applicants with a list of city or state-specific resources they can explore for financial assistance.

Community Fellows Program: Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Community Fellows Program is a fully funded fellowship for one academic year. Fellows do not pay any tuition for this program.

RISE Fellowship Program:

  • Career Track: Sponsoring organizations incur the cost of the placement and development of RISE Fellows, so there is no cost to RISE Fellows participating in the Career Track.
  • Professional Development Track: Tuition for the RISE Fellowship Professional Development Track is $1,500.

Summer Fellowship  Program: Tuition for the Summer Fellowship is $1,500, and is paid by the sponsoring organization.

Program Eligibility

How do I know which program is right for me?

If you are unsure about which program is right for you, we encourage you to reach out to our team or attend an information session.

Alumni Benefits

What benefits can I expect as an INP alum?

Once you graduate from an INP program, you become part of the INP alumni network for life. Alumni can expect to receive invitations to special events, pro bono offers, webinars, and convenings. You can learn more about our alumni programs here.

Application Process

What happens after I apply?

Candidates can expect to hear from us within approximately three weeks after an application deadline with information about scheduling an interview.

Who should I list as references?

The application requires two references. One should be someone who has supervised you (e.g. direct manager, board chair, executive director). The second can be a colleague or someone else who knows your professional work.

What is the reference process?

After you submit your application, your references will each receive a recommendation form via email. We ask that your references complete the form within two weeks after your application has been submitted.

Mentorship Program

How do I become a mentor?

If you are an experienced public, private, or social sector executive, including INP alumni, and are interested in being a mentor, please reach out to us at for more information.

Who is eligible to be matched with a mentor?

Core Certificate Program graduates are eligible for mentorship the year after they graduate and will receive more information about the mentorship program upon graduation.

All RISE and Summer Fellows are matched with mentors as part of the program. Mentors provide career and project-specific coaching based on the individual needs and interests of the Fellow.

Interview Process

Where are interviews held?

Due to COVID-19, interviews are currently being held virtually. However, interviews typically occur in person near the location of the class to which you are applying.

What should I expect at the interview, and how should I prepare?

Core Certificate Program and Community Fellows Program: Interviews for our Core and CFP programs are group interviews that typically involve 6-8 other applicants. The interviews are designed to give you insight into the program experience. Interviewees should be prepared to discuss opportunities and challenges in their current work, careers, and within their organizations. Attire for interviews is business casual or whatever clothing makes you feel most confident.

RISE and Summer Fellowship Programs: Interviews for the RISE and Summer Fellowship programs are held one-on-one with an INP staff member with the goal of learning more about you, your goals, and what you hope to gain by participating in the RISE or Summer Fellowship program. Attire for all interviews is business casual or whatever clothing makes you feel most confident.

When will I receive an admissions decision?

We discuss the schedule for announcing admissions decisions with all candidates during their interview.

Program Details

Will classes be held in person for the 2021-2022 class?

For the health and safety of students and staff, INP will be virtual for the remainder of 2021.

INP will again be virtual for the 2022 class year while accepting students by class location who work or live in proximity to those sites given plans to offer additional (though not mandatory) in person programming as soon as the option becomes available.  INP will consider public health guidelines as well as the INP community’s well-being to make a decision regarding transitioning to optional in-person programming over the course of the academic year.

Will I need to purchase any books?

No. You will receive online access to all class materials needed to prepare for each class; you may print them if you wish.

What if I need to miss a class due to work travel, a planned commitment, or an emergency?

We understand that students occasionally have unavoidable conflicts with class. If you miss more than three classes, you will not earn your certificate. That said, it is our goal to see you graduate and, in some cases, we can work with you to make up missed classes.

What is the time commitment outside of class?

Core Certificate Program and Community Fellows Program: On average, you can expect to spend 60-90 minutes weekly preparing for each class, primarily reading articles and case studies. Assignments are included in the syllabi for each session. This will be shared with you at the start of the program so you can integrate time for classwork into your schedule in advance.

RISE and Summer Fellowship Program: The time commitment outside of class is approximately 5 hours a month and includes meeting with a mentor, meeting with an accountability partner, and preparing for the next session.

Affiliation with Tufts University (New England only)

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 Social Impact Management and Leadership 2022.

Who issues my certificate?

Every graduate receives a certificate from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Core Certificate Program graduates earn a certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership, and Community Fellows Graduates earn a certificate in Community Leadership and Social Change. While INP is an independent nonprofit and not a program of any university, in New England we are affiliated with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, and New England alumni earn a dually certified certificate.

Do I need to attend class or events on the Tufts campus?

Our classes do not meet at Tufts. Some program events for our New England Programs may be held on the Tufts campus. Some logistics may change due to considerations for COVID-19.

What benefits do INP students receive from Tufts?

In New England, INP students have access to select Tufts University events and library resources. Successful completion of the INP certificate in New England may earn the equivalent of 3 credit hours for graduates who are admitted and enroll in Tufts graduate degree programs. 

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