Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies
Indiana University Online

Program Details

The online Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies (IUPUI) prepares graduates for leadership roles and deeper, more thoughtful, and engaged practice within the nonprofit sector, focusing on the social, cultural, political, and economic roles played by philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.  Courses cover topics such as the nonprofit and voluntary sectors, civil society and philanthropy, history of American philanthropy, and ethics and values of philanthropy.  Graduates work in leadership, management, and direct-service positions in functional areas such as fundraising, grant making, and program management, influencing religion, education, health, animals, arts and culture, the environment, developing countries, and other worthwhile causes.

This degree is awarded by Purdue University at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). IUPUI is administered by Indiana University.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required with a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (on a scale of 4.0), and a minimum 3.0 average in your major field
  • Applicants with less than five years of work experience in the field of philanthropy are expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a comparable proficiency test (i.e, GMAT, LSAT)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission