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M.A. in Philanthropy and Development

Today’s development leaders need to be well-equipped to provide strategic direction in a number of arenas—everything from fund development and board governance to navigating ethical and legal issues and understanding the organization.

While learning alongside your peers and receiving instruction from industry professionals, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s application-oriented Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development program will provide you with the skills you need to help your organization meet its stated objectives.

The unique concentrated learning structure of the Saint Mary’s M.A. in Philanthropy and Development curriculum revolves around three intensive 6-day summer residencies in Winona, Minnesota. Between residencies, students take online courses along with a cohort. This innovative, flexible, and supportive learning environment creates a team-based learning community. Our students are development professionals from all over North America working in various industries.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program follows a per-credit structure. Due to the unique residency format of the program, a room and board fee applies. The fee includes a room with a private bath, snacks, buffet as part of orientation, luncheon toward the end of residency, and access to university services. Students are billed only for meals they eat in the cafeteria during residency.

Scholarship Opportunities

Your work in the nonprofit space is tremendously valued. Saint Mary’s is pleased to offer three scholarship opportunities available only to students studying in the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program.

All scholarship applicants must complete the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development Common Scholarship Form.

This is an endowed scholarship established through the generosity of alumni of the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Admitted to the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary's
  • Demonstrated financial need
Awards
  • One or more annual awards may be made
  • The annual award amount will be determined in accordance with the applied endowment income distribution policy in effect at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Selection
  • An internal committee will select the recipient(s)
  • Deadline for application is May 1 prior to the summer session
Scholarship Renewal
  • The scholarship is not automatically renewed—an annual application is required
  • Students applying for scholarship renewal must be making satisfactory academic progress in the program (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • To apply for the Philanthropy and Development Alumni Scholarship, please use the common scholarship application provided above

If you receive scholarship money, we will provide your name and contact information to our Development Office so they can share this information with the donor.

(Formerly the Metanoia Scholarship)

This award was established by Tim Burchill, founding president of The Metanoia Group. The Metanoia Group, founded in 1989, provided service to nonprofit organizations, mainly those with a religious affiliation. These services included consulting across a broad spectrum of activities, including development, strategic planning, fundraising, mission and vision development, and public relations.

Tim Burchill created this need-based scholarship to encourage graduate students to pursue an advanced degree in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary's. Tim co-founded the Master of Arts program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary's and taught in the program from its inception until the time of his death in February 2007. The scholarship was renamed in Tim's honor and memory upon his death. The scholarship currently awards nearly $7,000 annually to one or more graduate students.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Admitted to the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary's
  • Demonstrated financial need
Awards
  • One or more annual awards may be made
  • The annual award amount will be determined in accordance with the applied endowment income distribution policy in effect at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Selection
  • An internal committee will select the recipient(s)
  • Deadline for application is May 1 prior to the summer session
Scholarship Renewal
  • The scholarship is not automatically renewed—an annual application is required
  • Students applying for scholarship renewal must be making satisfactory academic progress in the program (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • To apply for the Tim Burchill Scholarship, please use the common scholarship application provided above

If you receive scholarship money, we will provide your name and contact information to our Development Office so they can share this information with the donor.

Walter and Mary Ann Riebenack, parents of a program alumnus, funded this endowed scholarship to benefit students in the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary's.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Admitted to the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary’s
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preferences (in order of priority)
    • Current resident of New York City
    • Someone who attended both elementary school and secondary school in New York City
    • Resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana
    • Other qualified student
Awards
  • One or more annual awards may be made
Selection
  • An internal committee will select the recipient(s)
  • Deadline for application is May 1 prior to the summer session
Scholarship Renewal
  • The scholarship is not automatically renewed—an annual application is required
  • Students applying for scholarship renewal must be making satisfactory academic progress in the program (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • To apply for the F. Walter and Mary Ann Riebenack Scholarship, please use the common scholarship application provided above

If you receive scholarship money we will provide your name and contact information to our Development Office so they can share this information with the donor.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.A. in Philanthropy and Development degree in 26 months.
  • Cohorts begin every summer.

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Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

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Locations

This program is offered at our Winona location.

Pray named executive director of Philanthropy and Development Program at Saint Mary’s University

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has appointed an alumnus of its Philanthropy and Development program—Cheryl Pray—as its executive director. Pray joined the university on Monday, July 10. Pray brings to this position more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management, including leadership positions with numerous prominent organizations. She has served […] Read more ›

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required courses: 30 cr.


First Year: Semester I (Summer & Residency) - 5 cr.

PHDE607 Introduction to Philanthropy and Development: Frameworks for Thinking and Learning (2 cr.)

This course examines two areas key to the work of today's development professional. The first is an understanding of the historical contexts, the theological and philosophical traditions, and the roles of philanthropy and development that continue to shape the field. The second is an exploration of critical thinking: raising vital questions, gathering and assessing relevant information in an open-minded manner, and creating well-reasoned solutions.
 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Distinguish philanthropy from development.
  2. Analyze the social and faith-tradition contexts that influence philanthropy.
  3. Evaluate historical practices and their influence on today's development approaches.
  4. Develop a personal philanthropic vision.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills.
  6. Develop well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, based on relevant criteria, standards and multiple perspectives.
  7. Communicate effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

PHDE616 Leadership Skills (2 cr.)

This course focuses on leadership needs in the nonprofit sector and explores how it shapes an organization's philanthropic culture. The course also covers styles of leadership and the ways in which outcomes are influenced through increased awareness of personal approach, values, and skills.

 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Compare various leadership styles and approaches.
  2. Identify how personal style and values influence leadership action.
  3. Evaluate one's own strengths, style, and development needs as a leader.
  4. Analyze the dynamics of team building, joint problem solving, and shared leadership.
  5. Develop a personal framework for authentic leadership action.
  6. Analyze the relationship between leadership and nonprofit organizational culture.

PHDE641 Critical Thinking (1 cr.)

This course introduces thinking at the graduate level. Critical and creative thinking are discussed. Learners begin the process of searching and evaluating professional scholarly literature. Research methodology is introduced. The capstone in the degree is explained.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify areas in development for further research.
  2. Locate and evaluate appropriate resources for their tasks.
  3. Evaluate their own ability to think creatively, critically, and on a scholarly level.
  4. Develop a research question.

First Year: Semester II (Fall) - 4 cr.

PHDE642 Communication Skills (2 cr.)

This course focuses on written and oral communications in professional and academic settings. Theories of interpersonal and organizational communication, appropriate writing style based on audience, APA academic voice and style, literature searches, writing that incorporates sources, materials, ethical use of source materials, and effective presentations are examined.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of patterns of organizational and interpersonal communication.
  2. Select the appropriate format, style, tone, and voice for their audience and purpose.
  3. Identify the importance of the various interpersonal skills in professional interactions and communications.
  4. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate scholarly and professional articles.
  5. Incorporate source material into his or her writing, including correct use of summary, paraphrase, and quotation, along with proper documentation of those materials.
  6. Write with proper academic style, language, and tone.

PHDE657 Emerging Issues (2 cr.)

This course explores trends in philanthropy and the field of development, as identified in professional literature and practice. Additionally, the course explores the context in which philanthropy and development happen – and how that context affects the health and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector, its organizations, and society as a whole. The emphasis is on analyzing and evaluating trends to maximize philanthropy, improve fund development efficiency and effectiveness, strengthen nonprofits, and advance the sector.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate scholarly and professional literature for ongoing assessment of development practices and sector health.
  2. Articulate current issues and related questions and problems.
  3. Assess the assumptions, implications, and practical consequences of current trends on the fundraising profession, nonprofit organizations, and the nonprofit sector.
  4. Design updated development practices based on relevant standards and criteria.

First Year: Semester III (Spring) - 4 cr.

PHDE638 Organization Development (2 cr.)

This course focuses on applying organization development, systems thinking, framing, and organization leadership to the practice of development. This course stresses the interdependence of organizational expertise and effective leadership and the specialized skills and methodologies of development for successful fund development.
 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Assess and utilize basic principles of organization development and leadership.
  2. Apply concepts of systems thinking and organizational learning.
  3. Apply framing methodology to deepen understanding of complex organization dynamics, issues and identify strategic points of leverage for organizational change.
  4. Evaluate and create solutions to complex organization issues.
  5. Synthesize and utilize organization development concepts and methodologies within a comprehensive framework of organization leadership.

PHDE643 Synthesizing Seminar 1 (2 cr.)

In this course, students reflect on their learning in the program. Constructs of self-directed learning are discussed, especially the role of curiosity in life-learning. Continuing progress is made on the capstone paper.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Explore the role of curiosity in lifelong learning.
  2. Reflect on their learning so far, examining how the learning is influencing their skills of self-directed learning.
  3. Finalize a research question, and synthesize targeted scholarly resources related to the research question.
     

Second Year: Semester I (Summer & Residency) - 4 cr.

PHDE622 Fund Development Frameworks (2 cr.)

This course will provide an overview of the foundational concepts of fund development, explore the critical components of a comprehensive fund development program, provide the framework for developing an integrated development plan, and examine the infrastructure necessary to support a strong development effort.  The course will focus on understanding organizational readiness for a successful development program, establishing the key elements of a development program, and creating a development plan. 
 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Define and explain the key foundational concepts of development.
  2. Understand the importance of a comprehensive development program.
  3. Develop skills to create a development plan, and successfully execute and evaluate the outcomes of the plan.

PHDE624 Board Governance (2 cr.)

This course focuses on the complexities of board governance and the scope of board participation in fund development. The course explores the board's legal and fiduciary responsibilities, and recruiting, motivating, and developing an effective board.
 

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Assess the value of board volunteers to an organization.
  2. Compare and contrast the roles of board members, development professionals, and CEOs in fund development.
  3. Define the development professional's role in fund development volunteer management.
  4. Create processes and plans to develop board members.
  5. Develop strategies to engage board members in advancing the mission of the organization.
  6. Synthesize the principles of governance for enhanced board functioning.

Second Year: Semester II (Fall) - 4 cr.

PHDE613 Globalization of Philanthropy (2 cr.)

This course examines how philanthropy is defined and practiced in other cultures and the implications of communication and information technology on the way grantmakers and individuals practice philanthropy.  Specific attention is given to the development of cross-cultural competence and its application to philanthropy and development.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate how globalization affects philanthropy.
  2. Evaluate the ethical and moral focuses of philanthropy in a globalized world.
  3. Evaluate and apply a cultural competency model to philanthropy.
  4. Formulate ethical and market-based rationales to advance cross-cultural philanthropic strategies in a nonprofit organization.
  5. Apply cross-cultural philanthropic competencies across various types of nonprofit organizations as well as ethnic and other demographic groups.
  6. Develop a framework of practice that consciously applies diversity principles.

 

PHDE644 Synthesizing Seminar 2 (2 cr.)

In this course, students continue to reflect on their learning. Students discuss issues of self-directed learning and the role of self-reflection in the learning process. Continuing progress is made on the capstone paper.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Explore the role of self-reflection in lifelong learning.
  2. Reflect on their learning so far, examining how the learning is influencing their skills of self-directed learning.
  3. Continue to build skills of evaluation of scholarly sources.
  4. Develop a critical analysis and synthesize of literature on a philanthropy and development topic.
     

Second Year: Semester III (Spring) 3 cr.

PHDE611 Ethics in Philanthropy and Development (1 cr.)

Ethics and values are at the core of our work as philanthropic leaders and fundraisers. Our capacity to be reflective about the personal, professional, organizational, and public values at stake in our work—and make ethical decisions based on that—is at the heart of our moral lives as professionals and citizens alike. The course will explore several ways of understanding ethics and values in our lives as philanthropic leaders and professionals. In addition to a review of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethics and its implications for our work, we will explore approaches to philanthropic program leadership—and core prescriptive methods (or "lenses") for determining right and wrong, good and bad.

 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate an expansive vision of philanthropic work in America and understand our public roles as philanthropic leaders.
  2. Understand the role of ethics in organizational and professional settings.
  3. Understand and apply various moral approaches to leading and managing philanthropic fundraising programs.
  4. Develop a framework for resolving complex ethical dilemmas while applying ethical theories, models, and principles.
  5. Understand and describe the various motivations of philanthropic donors—and articulate the values or perspectives underlying these different motivations.
  6. Analyze and make decisions about ethical dilemmas based on the codes of ethics prescribed for philanthropic professionals.

PHDE628 Resource Management (2 cr.)

This course prepares development professionals to manage and integrate financial, human, and technology resources.  The course covers budgeting and financial management, development and management of personnel, and alignment of technology with the needs of the organization.    

 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Create a budget.   
  2. Analyze financial statements and audits. 
  3. Articulate distinct individual work styles.   
  4. Develop strategies for team building.   
  5. Evaluate how technology can best serve the development process and manage data.    
  6. Analyze and articulate the relationship between financial, personnel, and technology resources.

Third Year: Semester I (Summer & Residency) - 6 cr.

PHDE634 Major Giving (2 cr.)

This course provides an overview of major and capital gift fundraising including the design, planning and successful implementation of a major gifts program for nonprofit institutions.  The course focuses on developing an effective case for support, establishing the major gifts program, developing a donor stewardship program and making the ask.  Students are expected to participate in simulated cultivation and solicitation calls as part of this class.

 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Define the key elements of major gift fundraising – including special gift and capital campaigns.
  2. Develop the case for support for a nonprofit organization.
  3. Apply major gift prospect management and relationship management techniques.
  4. Understand the major gift process including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding gifts.

PHDE648 The Practitioner as Self-Directed Learner (2 cr.)

This course is a final opportunity to discuss lifelong learning.  The students' capstones are used as a model to identify and integrate a variety of lifelong learning skills. Students reflect on their learning throughout the program. Students assess their motivation, skills, and critical uncertainties as they plan to be a lifelong, self-directed learner.
 

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Reflect on critical learnings from the program.
  2. Define key attributes that will help navigate future uncertainty and complexity.
  3. Identify attributes and dispositions that will facilitate career success in future workplaces.
  4. Explore personal leadership skills, attributes, and dispositions, reflecting on strengths, challenges, and potentials.
  5. Explore how to make organizational problem-solving more creative and effective.
  6. Evaluate skills and create plans for future lifelong learning.

PHDE656 Strategic Planning (2 cr.)

This course explores organizational planning with an emphasis on strategic planning and the role of development professionals in the planning process.  The course defines the appropriate use of strategic planning and steps used to create and implement effective strategic planning.  Through readings, discussion, and simulations, students create a strategic plan for implementation within a nonprofit organization.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze the role of strategic planning in a nonprofit organization.
  2. Synthesize the multiple roles of the development professional in planning.
  3. Apply theoretical principles to understand strategic planning effectiveness for teams.
  4. Implement the data-gathering, visioning, critical issues, goals, objectives and evaluation steps in the strategic planning process.
  5. Identify how a plan is most effectively communicated to stakeholders.

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