You will learn the whys and how-tos of philanthropy and nonprofits through this option. If you are interested in becoming a reflective practitioner, this program is designed for you. An education in both the technical and conceptual aspects of philanthropy increases your value in the job market.
You will be prepared to enter professional practice, work in independent research or academia, or pursue a Ph.D. with this option. The M.A. in economics provides you with the principles and methodologies to make informed decisions on policy and management, and the M.A. in philanthropic studies gives you the background on the institutions with which you will be working. This program provides you with an analytical and quantitative study of economics and its relation to public policy and nonprofit organizations. Whether you enter the private, government or nonprofit sector, this basis of study will enhance your career performance.
You will study the role of economics throughout the history of the nonprofit sector, making you more sensitive to the institutional details, values, and history of the sector. This sensitivity and awareness leads to better research. The M.A. in philanthropic studies provides you with a broad interdisciplinary background in the values and history of the nonprofit sector. This dual degree program is designed as a preparation for a Ph.D. program in:
- Public policy
You can prepare for management careers in libraries and nonprofit institutions by earning dual degrees in library science and philanthropic studies. Content includes management of special library programs, fundraising and endowment management, and capital project management. Opportunities can be found with academic, corporate, or large public libraries.
The M.A. degree in philanthropic studies and history creates a unique opportunity for you to explore the historical, cultural, philosophical, and economic implications of philanthropy. Historians routinely study the role of nonprofit organizations, self-help groups, and philanthropic institutions, and their contributions to the development of civil society and the modern world.
This dual degree program gives you rich insights into the important social relations of class, gender, and race in the last century. It offers an interdisciplinary focus on how philanthropy has affected the past, present, and future, and is attractive if you pursue:
- Careers that demand skills and talents developed by cross-training in history and philanthropy
- Doctoral programs that encourage new and creative approaches to the historical study of philanthropy, broadly defined
The dual master’s degrees in nursing, nursing administration, and philanthropic studies provides you with an understanding of the connections between philanthropy and nursing, which can be applied in multiple health settings. Leadership in volunteer management, a focus on grass-roots involvement in meeting health-related needs, and the sharing of common professional values is at the core of this interdisciplinary program.