Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
The School of Philanthropy
Academic Programs

Master of Arts Degree in Philanthropic Studies

The Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University is the first master's degree program in the United States to focus on the history, culture, and values of philanthropy. While other programs focus on the "how" of nonprofit management, this program focuses on the "why" - the social, cultural, political, and economic roles played by philanthropy and nonprofit organizations in both contemporary and historical settings.

Our program enables you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further graduate study in relevant fields or to enter the field as a nonprofit professional. Investigate the broader theoretical issues of philanthropy and your area of specialization from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary 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.