Whether you are living and working in the United States or abroad, our in-person and online programs will provide you with the skills you need for a successful career in philanthropy. You will develop a deep understanding of philanthropy in ever-changing global contexts through study in the humanities, social sciences, practice, and professions.
Professional program options
Did you know you can complete a graduate degree from the world's first school of philanthropy from anywhere in the world? Our 12-course graduate degree (Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies) can be completed online or on our campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In addition, we offer a 4-course graduate certificate online. The graduate certificate includes four courses that can be applied to our Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies. Our in-person and online programs let you earn the degree you want, from anywhere in the world.
Whether you are taking classes online or in the classroom, you will have the opportunity to learn from peers coming from diverse backgrounds who bring their unique perspectives and experiences in the field to the classes.
4 Courses (available online or on campus)
Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies, 12 courses (available online or on campus)
Our doctoral program trains future scholars and professionals in conducting original research on philanthropy and related topics. The Ph.D. program engages both humanities and social science theory to prepare you to make an original contribution to the field.
Doctoral students have examined a wide range of topics including the history of philanthropy, why people give, strategic grantmaking, the role of nonprofits in policy, the effectiveness of foundations and faith-based initiatives, and the role of social movements in a global society.
How to apply
- All international students should complete the online application
All non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency for admission into IUPUI graduate and professional programs.
- There are many different ways to demonstrate your English proficiency to meet our graduate or professional admission requirements.
If you are applying to one of our graduate degrees your documents including your academic records and letters of recommendation should be sent to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
301 University Blvd, Suite 3000
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202