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Philanthropic Leadership, PhilD

Doctor of Philosophy

Different than a traditional PhD, which typically prepares graduates for academic positions, the Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership (PhilD) is for practicing professionals. 

This program focuses on applying new and existing research, scholarship, and data to produce actionable insights aimed at solving some of society's most intractable problems.

The program welcomes applicants with a wide range of experience from different fields, including:

  • Those with private and government sector experience
  • Those with philanthropic sector experience
  • Those who have acquired leadership positions through extensive volunteering
  • Those with a master’s or other graduate degree who want to explore philanthropic and nonprofit solutions to today’s biggest challenges.
Degree Requirements

To graduate with Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership, you must complete 48 credit hours.

See the required courses below.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  • A completed graduate degree in any field (including, but not limited to; MA, MS, MPA, MPP, JD, MBA, MSW, and PhD)
  • At least five years of demonstrated leadership experience
  • A commitment to advancing social good, as evidenced by professional or personal endeavors
  • In addition to the requirements above, international applicants must demonstrate English proficiency for admission into IUPUI graduate and professional programs 
To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Three to four letters of reference
  • A personal statement


PHST-P 722The Landscape of Philanthropy3 Credits
PHST-P 721Philanthropic Leadership Practices3 Credits
PHST-P 723Cultivating Generous Societies3 Credits
PHST-P 728Philanthropy, Justice, and Ethics3 Credits
PHST-P 730Data for Good3 Credits
PHST-P 726Applied Philanthropy Project I3 Credits
PHST-P 727The Art & Science of Synthesis3 Credits
PHST-P 724Domains of Philanthropic Practices3 Credits
PHST-P 729Philanthropy Practices & Policies3 Credits
PHST-P 725Community Collaboration, Power, Politics, and Philanthropy3 Credits
PHST-P 731Philanthropic Leadership Case Study3 Credits
PHST-P 732Applied Philanthropy Project II3 Credits
Thesis research and reading3 courses, 4 credits each

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4500.00

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4500.00
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