Offered on campus
Philanthropic Studies - Master of Arts (M.A.)
Are you passionate about a cause in your community? Do you want to work to make a difference in the lives of others?
You probably have a strong passion for community, service, and giving back, and want a career that reflects those values. Our degree programs are a great fit for community-oriented students such as yourself.
A philanthropic studies degree will allow you to make a difference in your community in fields that include education, health, social services, the environment, animals, the arts, and religion.
Improving philanthropy to improve the world
The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is globally recognized as the first of its kind. School faculty and staff train and empower students and practitioners to innovate, lead, and create positive and lasting change in the world.
We’ll give you the knowledge and understanding you need to be innovators and leaders. You’ll have opportunities to complete an internship or to study abroad. And you’ll graduate prepared for a meaningful career in the nonprofit sector.
Make a master’s degree a reality
As a student you come to us with a variety of causes you are passionate about as well as roles in the field of philanthropy you are interested in pursuing. Advance your understanding through our master's degree program in order to find the most thoughtful paths to making a difference in what matters to you.
Make your passion your profession and earn your master's degree through the option that works best for you.
Make the world world better
The Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies is the first degree program in the world to focus on the history, culture, and values of philanthropy. Our M.A. program prepares graduates for leadership roles and deeper, more thoughtful and engaged practice in the nonprofit sector. You'll gain experience in understanding and applying cutting-edge research to grasp how to truly make make the world world better.
Full-time students can earn our degree in two years, and have the option of serving as a community-based graduate assistant to gain experience in what they want to do upon graduation. Full-time students are also considered for additional scholarship opportunities.