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Philanthropic Studies, MA


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The world's first school of philanthropy now offers you the opportunity to complete your master's degree online from anywhere in the world.

The Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies prepares graduates for leadership roles and deeper, more thoughtful, and engaged practice within the nonprofit sector. While other programs focus on the "how" of nonprofit management, this program focuses on the "why" - the social, cultural, political, and economic roles played by philanthropy and nonprofit organizations in both contemporary and historical settings.

As a student in the program, you complete 36 semester hours of graduate credit. Core courses cover such topics as the nonprofit and voluntary sectors, civil society and philanthropy, history of American philanthropy, and ethics and values of philanthropy. You also complete an internship in philanthropic studies.

There are more than 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. alone, and these organizations need well-prepared leaders and staff to continue making an impact on millions of lives across the globe. Graduates work in leadership, management, and direct-service positions in functional areas such as fundraising, grant making, and program management. Their work influences religion, education, social services, health, arts and culture, animals, the environment, developing countries, and many other worthwhile causes.

Program Contacts

Website: Philanthropic Studies, MA
Email: apsop@iupui.edu
Phone: 317.278.8951