Catalog 2010-2012

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development

The M.A. program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development is designed for individuals who have experience in the philanthropy and/or nonprofit areas.  The degree will be offered through the Division of Continuing Education with extensive use of the Iowa Communication Network (ICN) and/or other distance education technologies.  The program is designed to offer professionals the opportunity to continue their study, advancing their knowledge while earning graduate credit in course work targeted toward the following objectives: (a) to develop and enhance professionals= skills and knowledge in the fundraising and nonprofit sectors; (b) to further students= understanding of ethical policy and legal issues as they relate to philanthropy and nonprofit development; (c) to advance students= knowledge of scholarly research, theories and models in the area of nonprofit organizational development, donor relations, grant writing, corporate/foundation relations, advocacy, public funding, and evaluation/accountability; and (d) to enhance students= mastery of skills in the aforementioned areas.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of undergraduate and graduate credits to the program director.  It is expected that students will have experience in the field prior to admission. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

This major is available on the non-thesis option only.  A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate course work is required, of which a minimum of 21 hours of 200/6000-level course work, including 3 hours of 430:299 is required.  Of these hours, 26 semester hours are prescribed below.  The remaining 4 hours require research project/readings work, arranged through the program director.


Management: 150:262; 150:286 (Studies In, 1 hr.) .....4 hours

Psychology: 400:254 .....2 hours

Leisure, Youth and Human Services: 430:220; 430:248; 430:249; 430:251 .....12 hours

Communication Studies: 48P:182 .....3 hours

English Language and Literature: 620:104 .....3 hours

Public Policy: 950:220 .....2 hours

Leisure, Youth and Human Services:

430:285 (Readings in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development) .....1 hour

430:299 (Research) .....3 hours

30 hours