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The School of Philanthropy
Academic Programs

Master of Arts Degree in Philanthropic Studies

We offer the first master's degree in the nation that focuses on philanthropy's history, culture and values. While other programs focus on the "how" of nonprofit management, we focus on the "why"—the social, cultural, political and economic roles philanthropy has played through history.

Through our program, you'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further graduate study or to enter the field as a nonprofit professional. You'll learn about the broader theories of philanthropy and your area of interest from a variety of perspectives.

The M.A. in Philanthropic Studies is a 36-credit-hour graduate program that includes 24 hours of course work central to the study of philanthropy, 6 hours of elective courses and six hours of thesis work or courses in lieu of thesis option, and 3 hours of internship.