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Philanthropic Studies

Graduate Certificate

There are more than 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the US alone, and these organizations need well-prepared leaders and staff to continue making an impact on millions of lives across the globe. A certificate in philanthropic studies prepares you to work in fundraising, grant making, and program management, across a broad range of fields including religion, education, social services, health, arts and culture, animals, the environment, developing countries, and many other worthwhile causes.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies is designed for those who need to know the critical issues and values of philanthropic practices but have not yet decided to pursue a graduate degree in the field.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies prepares you for such careers as:

  • Gift planning director 
  • Fundraising consultant 
  • Principal gifts officer 
  • Development director 
  • Alumni relations director 
  • Major gifts and planned giving director 
  • Annual giving director 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies, you must complete 12 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Philanthropic studies core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Philanthropic studies elective course (3 credit hours) 

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online MA in Philanthropic Studies, these certificate courses may apply to your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required with a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (on a scale of 4.0), and a minimum 3.0 average in your major field. Applicants with a grade point average below 3.0 may still be considered for admission based on the strength of the other portions of the application.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes: 

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
  • Additional application materials may be required for international students 


  • PHIL-P 542 -or- PHST-P 532Ethics and Values in Philanthropy -or- Applying Ethics in Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST-P 521Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector3 Credits
  • PHST-P 558Principles and Practices of Fundraising3 Credits
  • PHSTAny PHST graduate level elective course3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $378.75
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1136.25
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1036.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3108.00

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is eligible for financial aid at IUPUI. 

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