May 21, 2018
The Philanthropy and Development Program curriculum focuses on the transformational role a philanthropy professional plays in today’s society by utilizing innovative and ethical fundraising strategies. Saint Mary’s is one of the only programs in North America to focus curriculum on donor-centered communication as it relates to stewardship and donor engagement. The program remains one of the most unique and innovative master’s programs in the country.
The program is designed for experienced philanthropy professionals who, shaped by their ethical values, embrace the opportunity to become agents of change in the community through the stewardship of philanthropic resources.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of philanthropy within a global society.
- Exhibit the leadership skills and governance oversight necessary to achieve the mission and vision of nonprofit organizations.
- Incorporate an ethical perspective and knowledge of legal requirements and regulations into all leadership, development, and philanthropic activities.
- Employ critical components of a development operation to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.
- Evaluate nonprofit performance and outcomes in order to meet financial goals of the organization.
- Develop a nuanced understanding of communications within the nonprofit sector.
Program Structure and Delivery
The program consists of 30 semester credits, completed over four semesters in 13 months.
- 18 credits of blended classroom work during two summer session residencies of two weeks each.
- 12 credits of online coursework completed between summer session residencies.
The faculty includes some of the top U.S. and international practitioners and leading consultants. Employing adult learning theories and techniques, the program faculty members foster dialogue and sharing of experience among all in the learning community. Students have opportunities to interact with faculty in the formal context of a class, online, and in informal settings during the residency.
Total: 30 credits
The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.
Applicants may apply for admission to master degree programs at any time during the year; however, the Philanthropy and Development program course cycle starts in summer only. Preferred applicants are practicing and emerging leaders with experience in a relevant field within a nonprofit or grant-making organization.
Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for graduate work.
Applicants must submit the following:
- Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel).
- 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).
- A reflective essay which includes the following:
a. brief description of the applicant’s professional goals, relevant professional and/or volunteer experience, and interest in this program.
b. 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
c. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
- Two recommendations from current or former colleagues who can verify the applicant’s experience and address the applicant’s skills in nonprofit volunteer or professional work and their academic ability. References may submit either a letter of recommendation or arrange a phone call with the Program Director.
- A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
Please Note: Application materials should be sent to:
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Graduate Programs
700 Terrace Heights #77
Winona, MN 55987