Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?
By calling 201-692-6500.

Who can I speak with if I have questions?
You may also call 201-692-6500, or send an email to

Do I have to register for all courses within a certificate?
No, you will register for the certificate program in its entirety; all courses are included.

What if I am only interested in taking one course?
At this time courses are only available as a package (full certificate), not individually. However, the Center for Excellence is offering individual workshops and seminars that don’t require enrollment in one of the certificate programs. Your input regarding topics for these one-day or one-evening sessions is appreciated.

Can I register now and pay over time in installments?
Yes, we can work with you to establish a payment plan.

Do you accept credit card payments?
Yes: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards are accepted.

Do you take purchase orders?

How can I apply for a scholarship?
By completing the required application, which can be found here.

How are scholarships awarded?
Once applications are received, they are reviewed and vetted by a subcommittee of the Center for Excellence Advisory Board. Scholarships will be based on need, both personal and organizational.   All committee decisions are final.

What is the refund policy?
If you withdraw from the class five working days before the class start, we will return all but a $20 registration fee.   If you withdraw from the class by the second week, we will return 75% of the amount paid. After the second week there are no refunds.

What is the value of these courses?
The certificate programs were designed to increase your knowledge, strengthen your skills, and provide networking opportunities. There is also the possibility for mentoring relationships with advisory board members for ascending and emerging leaders.

What distinguishes the Center for Excellence from other university programs?
The Center for Excellence at Fairleigh Dickinson University was envisioned as the leading education and training center dedicated to developing high performance individuals in public, nonprofit, and philanthropic leadership. The Center for Excellence Advisory Board and Instructor rosters are comprised of highly regarded professionals who have chosen to contribute their time and efforts into elevating future leaders in the nonprofit community through instruction and mentoring. Blending classroom meetings with site visits to successful nonprofits will enhance the learning experience.

If my employer pays for the program but I miss a class, what happens?
Make-up sessions or individual mentoring to convey information missed during the course meeting can be arranged.

Will there be a graduation ceremony or public acknowledgment of some kind to recognize participant’s successful completion of the program?
Yes, students who successfully complete the certificate programs will be recognized at a Center for Excellence event.

What if I complete all but two of the classes in the certificate program, will I be able to take part in the recognition ceremony?
Missed classes will be addressed on a case by case basis, but yes, efforts would be recognized. However, awarding of the actual certificate would be delayed until the classes were completed.

Will courses be graded?
All courses will be pass/fail. No formal grades will be given.

Where will certificate program sessions meet?
Individual course sessions will meet on both the FDU College at Florham campus (in Madison, NJ) and Metropolitan campus (in Teaneck/Hackensack, NJ). Locations for the destination learning events, which will be group off-site visits to successful nonprofit organizations in New Jersey, will be announced during the program term.


Will courses be applicable for credit toward a Fairleigh Dickinson degree?
Full participation in every meeting for either the Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership or the Certificate in Executive Philanthropy, coupled with attendance in a full day on-campus workshop and completion of a special project may make students eligible for 3 graduate level credits in select Petrocelli College programs, including:
         Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies
         Master of Administrative Science
         Master of Arts in School Services Administration
         Master of Science in Homeland Security
         Master of Sports Administration
Visit the School of Administrative Science homepage,, for more information about undergraduate and graduate courses specializing in nonprofit leadership.


Are CEUs available for completion of the certificates?
Yes. CEUs are available using the International Association of Continuing Education and Training criteria, which is .1 CEU for every instructional hour of training. This means that a 35-hour program, such as the Certificate in Executive Philanthropy or the Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership, will translate to 3.5 CEUs in total.

Is there a networking component to participation in the certificate programs?
Yes. In addition, to in-class networking opportunities, events will be scheduled throughout the year that will allow for networking.

Are there individual mentoring opportunities?
Yes. The Center for Excellence Advisory Board members are available for individual mentoring.