The UNI Department of Health, Recreation and Community Services, in cooperation with Continuing and Distance Education, offers a master's degree program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development via distance learning. No on-campus attendance is required.
Designed primarily for professionals currently employed in philanthropy and nonprofit settings with 3-5 years of experience (preferred but not required), this interdisciplinary program has the following goals:
The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is also available to students enrolled in the MA program. The CNP is a nationally-recognized credential designed specifically to prepare students for nonprofit leadership.
The Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development MA program was recently ranked #6 on the Best Online Master’s in Nonprofit Management Degree Programs by TheBestSchools.org, and ranked in the Top 20 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Leadership by Best Value Schools.
Fall and spring courses are taught in eight-week modules, with some courses meeting Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. (CST) via Zoom. Coursework is also offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Summer courses will be 4 weeks in length and may also include Zoom sessions on Monday evenings.
While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.
The Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development MA program at UNI has met and exceeded my expectations. Since joining the program, I have increased my knowledge and have been able to apply newly acquired skills to my current position and promotional opportunities throughout my career.
This program has helped me evaluate my strengths as a nonprofit professional and identify areas of improvement. I'm excited to use my new knowledge and experiences to advance my career and move toward my goal of holding a leadership position within a nonprofit.
Graduate students in the Philanthropy & Nonprofit Development Master’s Program at UNI will present their research to the public. Please join us to hear about an area of professional practice or field of study that interests you. You are welcome to join for one or all of the presentations.
Schedule:Monday, July 19
Monday, July 26th
Click here to register - A Zoom link to join each session will be sent to you.
Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $517 per unit of graduate credit or $325 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester may be eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III funding. This funding will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit finaid.uni.edu/HEERF-III.
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The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7206, 800-648-3864 or email@example.com with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an introduction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:
Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations.
The primary goal of the program is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in philanthropy (e.g., cause marketing, strategic planning) and the nonprofit sectors. A unique feature of this master's degree is that the course sequence allows students to complete their research papers while simultaneously completing course assignments. The program is truly a graduate program focused on a student-centered model.
Please complete the online interest form to the right to express your interest in joining a future Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development MA cohort. We will use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about application deadlines.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.