Business/Economics Certificates and Minors

Certificates are designed for non-majors who are interested in an overview of the field. The programs, less comprehensive than a minor, introduce students to the fundamentals of the discipline.

Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Johnson State College's Nonprofit Management Certification program is an innovative course of study that prepares students for careers in the nonprofit sector. To ensure its students' success, the nonprofit management certification provides leadership opportunities, internships, and financial aid. This program is designed to allow flexibility for the student by allowing the student to meet prescribed competencies in combination with course work and practical experience.

In addition to coursework, the nonprofit management certificate program emphasizes hands-on experience through internships, volunteer opportunities, leadership activities and professional development workshops. The experiences you'll have as a student in this program will give you an edge in the job market and prepare you to be a successful leader in the nonprofit field upon graduation. The blend of curricular and co-curricular activities focus on a variety of competency areas, including:

Courses include:

BUS-2020 Principles of Management

BUS-2230 Principles of Marketing

BUS-2410 Human Resource Management

ACC-2121 Financial Accounting

HTM-3150 Event Management

OER-3020 Program Planning in Outdoor Education

BUS-4180 Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations

BUS-4810 Internship

Requirements for certification include:

The certificate is a total of 18 credits, six of which may be waived if the student demonstrates achievement in particular competency areas. A minimum of 9 credits must be taken through Johnson State College. A student may take no more than 6 credits in any one area. There are other co-curricular requirements and recommendations.

For more information on Johnson State College's Nonprofit Certification Program, please contact Ellen Hill, Director, Experiential Learning at 802-635-1439.

Certificate in Small Business Management

The program provides owners, operators, and employers with the knowledge and skills necessary to organize and operate successful small businesses. The program emphasizes management functions rather than operational techniques.

Required Courses




Financial Accounting




Principles of Management




Small Business Management




Principles of Marketing




Business Law I