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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 722 The Landscape of Philanthropy 3 Credits
PHST-P 721 Philanthropic Leadership Practices 3 Credits
PHST-P 723 Cultivating Generous Societies 3 Credits
PHST-P 728 Philanthropy, Justice, and Ethics 3 Credits
PHST-P 730 Data for Good 3 Credits
PHST-P 726 Applied Philanthropy Project I 3 Credits
PHST-P 727 The Art & Science of Synthesis 3 Credits
PHST-P 724 Domains of Philanthropic Practices 3 Credits
PHST-P 729 Philanthropy Practices & Policies 3 Credits
PHST-P 725 Community Collaboration, Power, Politics, and Philanthropy 3 Credits
PHST-P 731 Philanthropic Leadership Case Study 3 Credits
PHST-P 732 Applied Philanthropy Project II 3 Credits
Thesis research and reading 3 courses, 4 credits each

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1545.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4635.00

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1545.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4635.00