Our doctoral program trains future scholars and professionals to conduct original research on philanthropy and related topics. We engage both humanities and social science theory to prepare you to make an original contribution to the field.
Our doctoral students have examined a wide range of topics including the history of philanthropy, why people give, the role of nonprofits in policy, the effectiveness of foundations and faith-based initiatives, and the role of social movements in society.
As a student, you will take two years of coursework on campus, pass qualifying exams, defend a dissertation proposal, then research, write, and defend a final dissertation. You should plan to complete coursework, pass exams, and defend your dissertation proposal within three years of full-time enrollment.
All doctoral students submit annual progress reviews to the director of graduate programs and their research committee chair.