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Philanthropic Studies (100% online)

Master of Arts


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 these values. Our degree programs are a great fit for community-oriented students such as yourself. Our students gain experience in understanding and applying cutting-edge research to grasp how to truly make the world better.

A philanthropic studies degree will allow you to make a difference in your community on issues 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 andor 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 our degree work for you

Complete your degree from anywhere in the world. The idea of starting a master's degree program might seem overwhelming, but completing classes online makes it manageable for those who work full time, or don't live in the Indianapolis area.

You receive the same degree and are taught by the same faculty as the students who come to Indianapolis to learn. Our online degree comes with the same quality, but offers a little more flexibility.