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.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Indiana University Online is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent, Resume/CV
- 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).