PhilD, Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership

The first Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership (PhilD.)

If you have served as a senior leader for the public good and already have a master’s-level or other graduate degree, our Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership (PhilD) may be an excellent fit for you.


The professional and academic prerequisites include: A completed graduate degree in any field (including, but not limited to, MA, MS, MPA, MPP, JD, MBA, MSW, PhD, etc.,). If you do not yet have a graduate degree, explore our MA in Philanthropic Studies; At least five years of demonstrated leadership experience; and A commitment to advancing social good, as evidenced by professional or personal endeavors. International applicants, in addition to the requirements above, must demonstrate English proficiency for admission into IUPUI graduate and professional programs. No GRE or other graduate entrance exam is required, although applicants may opt to submit scores as desired.



Applications for the May 2023 cohort are now open. Requirements for all applications include: Transcripts from each college/university you have attended; Your resume/CV; 3-4 letters of reference that address both your leadership acumen and potential academic success in the PhilD; as well as A personal statement that discusses both your vision of the purpose of the PhilD for your career trajectory and your initial concept for an applied research project topic. Further details may be found in the application.