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Graduate Degree Programs

Philanthropic Leadership

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Raymond E. Lombra
138 Sparks Building
Phone: 814-865-9555
Fax: 814-865-6505

The primary goal of the program is to develop the next generation of leaders in philanthropy, preparing them to lead their organizations and strengthen their communities. Because formal courses can take one only so far in a profession that is built on trust, effective communication, and interpersonal contact, active practicums and coaching experiences are core elements of the 10-12 credit curriculum. The program is designed specifically for those with transferable skills working in other professions (marketing, advertising, sales, communications, etc.) contemplating a career move into philanthropy, and those already working within nonprofits who desire to move into leadership positions. 

A student with experience working with philanthropic development in the context of higher education or some other philanthropic enterprise may complete L A 895 for one (1) credit. Otherwise, a student must complete a three (3) credit internship.

Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. All international applicants must meet the Graduate School's English proficiency requirements.

 Due to the multidisciplinary nature of philanthropy, no specific courses or majors are required for admission to the certificate program.

Required Courses

L A 402: Fundraising Leadership: Building a Strong Base; 3 credits
COMM 428A: Principles of Strategic Communications; 3 credits
L A 802: Fundraising Leadership II: Achieving Success; 3 credits
L A 895: Practicum in Philanthropic Leadership; 1-3 credits

Effective Semester: Spring 2016
Expiration Semester: Summer 2020


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