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M.A. in Philanthropic Studies
Did you know you can complete a master's degree from the world's first school of philanthropy from anywhere in the world?
Our graduates lead nonprofit and philanthropic organizations using their skills in fundraising, grant making, foundation leadership, social impact, social justice, and much more. Our graduates are leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
As a student you come to us with a variety of causes you are passionate about as well as roles in the field of philanthropy you are interested in pursuing. Advance your understanding through our master's degree program in order to find the most thoughtful paths to making a difference in what matters to you.
As an added benefit, our students can attend courses offered by The Fund Raising School, free of charge. For example, while earning your master’s degree you could also earn your Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) and save at least $5,800.
Make Your Passion Your Profession and earn your master's degree through the option that works best for you.
MAKE OUR DEGREE WORK FOR YOU
I believe that the school offers the best philanthropy degree in the world, and enrolling in philanthropic studies has definitely improved my fundraising skills.Callum Stewart, M.A. '17, Associate Director of Development, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University
MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL
Are you a nonprofit executive?
Did you happen into your nonprofit work without a formal education in the field? We can help you understand the social, cultural, political, and economic roles played by philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.
We draw on decades of expertise and international leadership in philanthropic research, education, practice, and training.
Our master's degree allows professionals and executives already working in philanthropy to gain a deeper understanding of the field to further your career goals and your organization's mission.
You can earn a degree entirely online in as little as three years, and you have the option of coming to campus for interaction with faculty and colleagues in the summer.Explore our curriculum Learn how to apply View scholarship opportunities
The program can be entirely online, which makes things so easy for professionals like me. Neither my recent move to Chicago nor my active travel schedule disrupt my goal of attaining my degree.Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, M.A. student and Chief Executive Officer for the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
MAKE THE WORLD BETTER
Immerse yourself in philanthropic studies
The Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies is the first degree program in the world to focus on the history, culture, and values of philanthropy.
Our M.A. program prepares graduates for leadership roles and deeper, more thoughtful and engaged practice in the nonprofit sector. You'll gain experience in understanding and applying cutting-edge research to grasp how to truly Make the World Better.
Full-time students can earn our degree in two years, and have the option of serving as a community-based graduate assistant to gain experience in what they want to do upon graduation. Full-time students are also considered for additional scholarship opportunities.Explore our curriculum Learn how to apply View scholarship opportunities
We had the opportunity to take classes with and attend lectures by the world’s leading researchers and experts in philanthropy.Brittany Jenkins, M.A. '16, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Charlotte Rescue Mission
Empowering and training students and nonprofit professionals
Our faculty are passionate individuals who bring interdisciplinary perspectives to the study of philanthropy. But first, they are people that are determined to change the world through their work. Learn more about how they got their start, their personal views on the work they do and how they use teaching and research to make a difference in the field.Get to know our faculty