Certificate in Non-Profit Management

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Villanova University offers students the opportunity to combine their interest in Theatre with a certificate in Non-Profit Management through the collaboration of the Theatre Department and the Public Administration department This new program combines the scholarly, creative, and practical curriculum of the M.A. in Theatre with a certificate designed to facilitate a career in the nonprofit sector

In addition to traditional theatre curriculum, you will take Theatre Management (offered by the Theatre Department) and four courses from Villanova’s Master of Public Administration program:

  • Financial Management (MPA 8003)
  • Effective Nonprofit Management (MPA 8600)
  • Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations (MPA 8700)
  • one elective

The MA in Theatre is 36 credits.  The certificate in Non-Profit Management is 15 credits.  In order to combine the MA in Theatre with the certificate, an additional 3 credits are needed, bringing the total number of credits for students who plan to do both to 39 credits.  Please note that all students receiving funding will have to pay for the additional three credits.

The PA program offers a variety of exciting 1 credit courses that are offered on three consecutive Saturday mornings in each semester.  These courses broaden one's skill set and make achieving the extra three credits necessary to complete the certificate achievable while balancing academics and theatre production.  

Students pursuing the Non-Profit Management Certificate would substitute one theatre class each semester for a Public Administration class. Theatre Management would also be taken in the summer during Summer Session 1.

MPA Villanova

When you begin your application for the MA in Theatre, you can choose the Certificate in Non-Profit Management as your secondary program. Applicants must be accepted into the Theatre program and the and Public Administration program separately.


MPA Certificate Alumni Spolight

Many of our recent graduates who received their Certificate in Non-Profit Management are currently working in the industry.


Sophia Barrett

Sophia Barrett ('15) is the Development Associate/Office Assistant at FringeArts.


Rebecca Cureton

Rebecca Cureton ('16) is the Marketing Manager at the Arden Theatre Company.


Jill Jacobs

Jill Jacobs ('15) is the Marketing Manager at Western Carolina University.


Hallie Martenson

Hallie Martenson ('15) is the Communications Director at FringeArts.

Christine Petrini

Christine Petrini

Christine Petrini ('14) is the Membership Services Associate at ArtPride New Jersey.


Emily Poworoznek

Emily Poworoznek ('14) is currently working for AKA, an Arts and Entertainment agency in NYC.



Polly Edlestein, Brie Knight, Christine Petrini, Megan Diehl (all '14) founded the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival.


Sarah Kelley

Sarah Kelley ('17) is the Development Coordinator for the New England Foundation for the Arts, where among other duties she serves as the administrative contact for NEFA's first two-year pilot of an Advisory Council.  She is also a freelance dramaturg for small companies and individual playwrights in Boston.

Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez

Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez

Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez ('17) is a professor at Rowan University and founding member of Kaleid Theatre and Svaha Theatre Collective.  Rachel specializes in performance and marketing and serves as an Advisory Board Member of Theatrical Trainer and EgoPo Classic Theatre.

Andrea Rumble-Moore

Andrea Rumble-Moore

Andrea Rumble-Moore ('18) is the Technical and Production Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania's Theatre Arts Program and is the Advising Technical Director for Villanova's Music Activities Stage Crew.  She has worked in and around Philadelphia as a lighting designer, production manager, technical director, dramaturg and stage manager.

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Department of Theatre and Studio Art
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085