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M.A. in Philanthropy & Development

Most of the nonprofit organizations that shape our communities depend on donated funding to fulfill their missions. Those donations don’t happen without the hard work and expertise of dedicated development professionals. With an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development, you’ll hone your development and organizational skills within a classroom of likeminded professionals, facilitated by faculty who are top practitioners and leading consultants.

The program features a concentrated schedule of summer classes combined with online study, supporting adult learning by with a scholarly and reflective community in which students become immersed in the disciplines of philanthropy and development. Coursework places an emphasis on the perspectives and cooperative work required to meet the challenges that nonprofit organizations face. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice skills and concepts gained first-hand in learning cohorts that become life-long support networks.

Graduates come away with polished tools, fresh ideas, and a strong sense of community - with a new, contemporary network of their peers.

Dates for the Summer Residency: July 17-27, 2016


The program takes place over a two-year period and incorporates three summer residencies. The 10-day residency accommodates the many needs learners have to balance work, family, and education. Courses include class discussion, case studies, simulations and group activities. Fifteen contact hours are required for each credit granted. Course readings and assignment completion are required both prior to, during and following each summer session.

Our innovative, flexible and supportive learning model will consist of an intensive 10-day on-campus residency complimented by the completion of two additional credits of Internet-based distance education between each summer residency. This change allows us to continue to offer a challenging and supportive team-based learning community dedicated to fostering professional and personal achievement.

Degree Requirements


Winona Campus


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