Professional Fundraising Certificate Program: Online

Fundraising Program at Boston University Center for Professional EducationBoston University's certificate in Professional Fundraising, available online through the Center for Professional Education, is an ideal course of study for individuals looking to enter the field of fundraising or advance their current professional knowledge—as well as for volunteer leaders who wish to better understand the development process.

Designed and taught by senior philanthropy officers with distinguished careers in development, the Professional Fundraising Program provides the up-to-date knowledge you need for success in today's burgeoning and increasingly specialized philanthropic environment—and also serves as excellent preparation for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exam.

In the online program, you will examine the key components of a comprehensive development program, building a portfolio of items representing the following areas:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Annual Giving
  • Major and Leadership Gifts
  • Planned and Estate Giving
  • Corporations and Foundations
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Prospect Research
  • Technology-enabled Fundraising
  • Volunteer Leadership Management
  • Special Events
  • Stewardship
  • Management & Accountability

Program Details

View the online curriculum.

Program Dates

The online program is offered in September, January and May.


Students entering the Professional Fundraising Program should have strong communication skills.

While a bachelor’s degree is not required, we recommend either a bachelor’s degree, or significant related work experience.

CFRE Certification


This program is approved by the CFRE to award continuing education credits:

Full participation in Boston University's Professional Fundraising Program entitles you to 84 points in Category 1.B—Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Note: Students who wish to apply for continuing education points on their CFRE application for initial certification and/or recertification should call the Center for Professional Education at 617-353-4497 to request a tracking form.

To Learn More or Register

To inquire about Boston University's Online Professional Fundraising Program, including upcoming course schedules and registration, please contact our educational partners at MindMax, Inc. by calling 1-877-290-9005 or by visiting their website at