Boston University

Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate

808 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 269G
Massachusetts, Boston
United States



Mr. Lanfranco Aceti

Program Goals and Objectives

Founded at Boston University’s Metropolitan College in 1993, the Arts Administration master’s degree and graduate certificates emphasize excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, internationalism, and a commitment to the technologies of our age as core values in its curriculum.

The socioeconomic and political challenges of the day bring a renewed importance to the work of cultural entrepreneurs, artists, producers, curators, policy-makers, and administrators who embrace the challenge of re-thinking and re-shaping the fundamentals of contemporary society. Our students are prepared for the global responsibilities of the arts in the twenty-first century, and are eager to play leadership roles within visual arts, performing arts, and arts service organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors worldwide.


Designed and delivered by expert Arts Administration program faculty, the four-course Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management provides administrative, financial, technical, and leadership skills for those seeking careers as professional fundraisers and for nonprofit managers who wish to substantially enhance their ability to raise funds. The certificate program is also appropriate for professionals considering a career change, as well as professionals in the arts, health care, education, and human services fields. Courses take place in the evening, allowing students to earn this valuable credential while continuing to work full-time.

Certificate students take classes with students who are in the Master of Science in Arts Administration program. Students have access to all the resources of the department and the University, including the extensive network of visual and performing arts organizations that has employed Boston University graduates, and internship and job placement services.

The certificate is open to qualified applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited college or university in the United States or abroad. All candidates for admission are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and related work experience. A student may take up to two courses before admission to the Fundraising Certificate, but must apply and be accepted to the program prior to the completion of the second course.

Program Requirements: Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management: 16 credits:

Required Courses: 
Raising Funds and Grant Writing 
Capital Campaigns
Individual Fundraising
Financial Management for Non-profits



All students must have a baccalaureate degree; students are also expected to have a demonstrable, discipline-based expertise in one art area, usually satisfied by an undergraduate degree in the arts but it is possible to document expertise by alternative means. Candidates are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and interviews; international students must have a TOEFL minimum score of 95.

Application materials are available from:

Metropolitan College 
Boston University 
808 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 
Telephone: (617) 353-4064 
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