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Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies
The Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies provides students with education in the field of philanthropic studies. The degree program introduces students to the critical issues and values of philanthropic practices. It is designed for those who have an interest, and perhaps career need, for this education but who do not wish to pursue an M.A. or Ph.D. in philanthropic studies. It will provide opportunities both for students interested in learning more about the field as well as career professionals looking to expand their knowledge. The certificate may be completed on its own or in conjunction with other graduate study, e.g. museum studies, public affairs, or public health.

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The student must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.


Those interested should apply online through the IUPUI graduate school, but no letters of recommendation or GRE are required. Applicants whose native language is not English must pass the TOEFL with a score of 69 or higher.

Please submit a resume with a cover letter stating why you are interested in the PHST graduate certificate.  


1. Students enrolled in a certificate program must complete it within 12 credit hours of approved course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B). Failure to do so results in automatic dismissal from the certificate program.
2. Students who have completed more than two PHST graduate courses must request permission to apply.
3. Transfer credit or course waivers are not accepted. Course substitutions must be approved by the director of master’s degree programs.
4. Admission to or successful completion of a certificate program does not guarantee subsequent admission to a PHST graduate degree program.
5. Students enrolled in the certificate program who apply to PHST's graduate degree programs must meet all existing admission requirements. If a student has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at the completion of the certificate, the student can request a waiver of the GRE requirement in applying to the M.A. program.
6. Students must complete the certificate in five (5) years.


Students must take a total of 12 credit hours. This total includes the following three required courses:

  • PHST-P521: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
  • PHIL-P542: Ethics and Values in Philanthropy (or) PHST-P532: Applying Ethics in Philanthropy 
  • PHST-P558: Principles and Practices of Fundraising

In addition, the student must take one elective from the following courses:

  • PHST-P524: Civil Society and Philanthropy
  • PHST-P527: Cross Cultural Dimensions of Philanthropy
  • PHST-P535: Law of Nonprofit Organizations
  • ECON-E514: Nonprofit Economy and Public Policy (or) PHST-P530: Nonprofit Economy and Public Policy
  • PHST-P515: History of Philanthropy
  • PHST-P530: Variable Topics including Politics of Helping, Study Abroad in Berlin and the Netherlands (Philanthropy in a Comparative European Perspective), and other topics approved by the director of the graduate program

Courses taken for the PHST certificate can also be counted toward other degrees. All 12 credits can transfer to the philanthropic studies M.A. or Ph.D. degrees.

Last Updated: May 2019