Different than a traditional Ph.D. degree, which typically prepares graduates for academic positions, the Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership is for practicing professionals. Take your career to the highest levels with courses and faculty that combine your professional experience with the most sophisticated curriculum in our sector, addressing the nexus of philanthropy, leadership and applied research inquiry.
The PhilD curriculum focuses on applying new and existing research, education and real-world practice to produce actionable insights that advance the practice of philanthropy and deliver social impact. In lieu of a dissertation, students will develop a cumulative, major final applied project that translates research into actionable strategies to solve real, complex problems for an organization or aspect of the sector.
The required program will be delivered in asynchronous, cohort-based, sequential six- to eight-week sessions with a set coursework, taken year-round for two years, with a third year for developing, writing, and presenting your final applied project.
An initial, residency of several days on campus will allow the cohort to meet in person at the start of the program. Optional synchronous supplemental online sessions will be offered throughout the curriculum. In addition, members of the student cohort may take advantage of optional in-person meetings, including an optional residency at the start of the second year.