Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development (MA)

Earn your degree entirely online — from anywhere

The UNI Department of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, in cooperation with Continuing and Distance Education, offers a master's degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development via distance learning. No on-campus attendance is required.

Designed primarily for professionals currently employed in philanthropy and nonprofit settings with 3-5 years of experience, this interdisciplinary program has the following goals:

  • to develop and enhance professionals’ skills and knowledge in the fundraising and nonprofit sectors
  • to further students’ understanding of ethical policy and legal issues as they relate to philanthropy and nonprofit development
  • 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
  • to enhance students’ mastery of skills in the aforementioned areas

Course delivery

Fall and spring courses are taught in eight-week modules, with some courses meeting Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. (CST) via Adobe Connect. Some courses and coursework are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Summer courses will be six weeks in length and may include video conferencing sessions on Tuesday evenings.

While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.