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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.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

Locations

This program is offered at our Winona location.

Connect With Us

James Callinan, M.A.

Director of Admission, SGPP

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH120

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5158

jcallina@smumn.edu

James Callinan M.A.
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