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Philanthropic Studies, MA

Master of Arts

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.


  • ECON-E 514/PHST-P 530Nonprofit Economy and Public Policy3 Credits
  • PHIL-P 542/PHST-P 532Ethics and Values in Philanthropy/ Applying Ethics in Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST- P 535Law of Nonprofit Organizations3 Credits
  • PHST-P 515/HIST-H 516History of Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST-P 521Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector3 Credits
  • PHST-P 524Civil Society and Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST-P 556Grant Making and the Role of Foundations3 Credits
  • PHST-P 558Principles and Practices of Fundraising3 Credits
  • PHST-P 590Internship/Directed Off-Site Study3 Credits
  • PHST-P 518History of International Humanitarian Assistance3 Credits
  • PHST-P 527Cross Cultural Dimensions of Philanthropy3 Credits
  • PHST-P 530Variable Topics3 Credits
  • PHST-P 534Gender 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

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 115 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.