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Philanthropic Studies

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies was designed for those who need to know the critical issues and values of philanthropic practices but have not yet decided to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in the field.

As a student in the program, you complete 12 hours of graduate credit- three core courses and one elective.

Courses taken for the philanthropic studies certificate can also be counted toward other degrees. All 12 credits can transfer to the MA or PhD in Philanthropic Studies.


  • PHST-P521Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector3 Credits
  • PHST-P532Applying Ethics in Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST-P558Principles and Practices of Fundraising3 Credits
  • ECON-E514Nonprofit Economy and Public Policy3 Credits
  • PHST-P515History of Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST-P523Civil Society and Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST-P527Cross Cultural Dimensions of Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST-P530Nonprofit Economy and Public Policy3 Credits
  • PHST-P530Variable Topics3 Credits
  • PHST-P535Law of Nonprofit Organizations3 Credits
  • REL-R539Religion and Philanthropy3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $352.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1056.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $967.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2901.00

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