College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Certificates > strategic-writing-and-advancement-for-nonprofits-certificate
The graduate Certificate in Strategic Writing and Advancement for Nonprofits (SWAN) is designed for those who wish to enter into or advance their careers in nonprofit marketing, communication, and development. Jointly offered by DePaul’s School of Public Service (SPS) and Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (WRD), the four-course, sixteen-credit-hour Certificate provides a foundation in grant writing and resource development, which can be supplemented with electives in key professional areas such as content strategy, digital storytelling, and nonprofit marketing and board development.
Many SWAN courses are characterized by community-engaged, project-based learning, in which students complete substantial course projects with and for Chicago-area nonprofit partner organizations. Students can expect to gain both resumé experience and professional writing samples through their Certificate work.
The SWAN Certificate is available to students in DePaul graduate programs and to those who seek a stand-alone credential that provides credit toward a master’s degree. DePaul students pursuing an MA in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse, Nonprofit Management, or an MS in Public Service Management, can complete the Certificate without adding additional courses to their degree.
Students are encouraged to balance the Certificate with one elective course from both the School of Public Service (MPS-prefix) and WRD. Those students without experience working in or studying nonprofit organizations are encouraged to enroll in MPS 508 early in the Certificate and before taking MPS 519.
Applications are accepted at any time, and students may begin the program at the start of any academic quarter. The program is open to both non-degree seeking students and students concurrently enrolled in a DePaul graduate degree program. All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree.
There are several processes for applying to the program, depending on the status of the applicant:
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