CAS Managing Non Profit Organizations (NPOs)




Program duration

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Registration deadline

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Past this deadline, applications will be accepted upon space availability


18 ECTS credits
Modules can be followed individually


CHF 6900.- for the Certificate
CHF 1500.- for individual modules
CHF 400.- for the optional course


Eligible countries


University of Geneva


Prof. Thomas STRAUB, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva


Mylène BLANC, University of Geneva


Mylene BLANC
+41 (0)22 379 81 07


  • Improve specific skills and competencies for managing Non Profit Organizations, projects or programs under complex conditions and with limited resources
  • Create synergies between managerial practices and experiences amongst and within NPOs, in order to develop efficiently and in a sustainable way the mission of each organization


Candidate with managerial responsabilities, Executive Director, Board Member, Program and Project Manager, Responsable of departments and organizational Units, Executive decision maker, working for: Non Profit Organizations, Voluntary Organizations, Non Governmental Organizations



  • Strategic Management and Governance 
  • Project Management 
  • Change and Knowledge Management
  • Leadership 
  • Financial Management and Accountability 
  • Communication, Fundraising and Advocacy 

Optional course:

  • Financial Management, Principles 
Non Profit Organizations are under rising pressure to better allocate and manage their limited resources in central offices and in the field. An effective and common management approach in complex situations is thus crucial. The participation in our program will allow you to step back from your daily work and to change the perspective. In this regards, it will enable you to get a wider and more comprehensive understanding of your work environment.


Each module is scheduled on 4 days: 3 days courses and 1 day to prepare for the exam autonomously. From 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain methodological, conceptual and organizational skills on NPO management in a dynamic context.
  • Improve the capacity to steer changes.
  • Master specific project/program management skills.
  • Improve ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders.
  • Enhance the ability to develop a vision and to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks for Organizational Development.
  • Learn how to analyze and to solve problems under pressure.
  • Develop further personal and social competencies.

Admission criteria

  • University diploma, professional diploma or equivalent
  • Pertinent professional experience in a managerial position
  • Strong command of English (written and spoken)

“Since I finished the program and sent all my assignments I started thinking how to apply what I learned into my organization in duties and tasks. I found that this program impacted both levels, my organization and my personal life. As we are in war zone and not stable, I started reviewing all existing policies and updating documenting all missing procedures and policies for all hierarchy levels. I acquired a new vision for the future of BASMA, through an updated framework that recognizes the dimensions of the environmental influences, the position and role of BASMA, the requirements for excellence, the collaboration between the board members and of course the driving forces and obstacles at all level, and most importantly identification of the needs for change. What I learned for myself that life is running and we can’t just be observers in this world, we have to be active and interfere with the circumstances through continuous learning. I am now aware that being active in the surrounding environment is very different than being just a passive observer and recipient of its consequences, surrendering to its effects.”
Rima Salem, Executive Director BASMA, Support children with cancer and their families organization, Syria

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