New master's in Philanthropy and Development to begin

New master's in Philanthropy and Development to begin

Feb. 19, 2014

A new Master of Arts degree program in Philanthropy and Development will begin in June.

The 25-month course of study will combine two-week summer immersion experiences on campus with online coursework to be completed in the fall and spring semesters.

Dr. Maranah Sauter, Associate Provost, said the new program will fill a need.

"There are only four or five master's degrees in philanthropy and development  in the country, and none in the Southeast," she said. "Service, excellence and diversity are emphasized and learning opportunities are built into the program in keeping with (our) mission."

The program prepares leaders and administrators in the fields of major gifts, campaigns, planned giving, annual fund and utilization of new and social media in fundraising.

Additional coursework in contemporary and historical philanthropic issues, ethics, research and leadership will equip students for advancement within the world of nonprofit fundraising.

Will Jones, Vice President for External Relations, said philanthropy involves voluntary action for the common good, and development revolves around fundraising.

"It is important for our students to understand what philanthropy is and to be able to articulate how philanthropy and fundraising intersect," he said.

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