Master's Concentration

Philanthropy and Resource Development

From crowdsourcing to capital campaigns, nonprofits must demonstrate impact as they cultivate and retain donors. The master’s degree in Philanthropy and Resource Development provides nonprofit professionals with the knowledge and skills to navigate changing philanthropic trends and increase fundraising results. Learn about the scaling and planning required to develop the resources needed to carry out your nonprofit's mission.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Master's Degree
Tuition
$32,928
Time
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn


Create the best strategic development approach for your organization’s size and mission


Use structured fundraising and financial tools to run a healthy nonprofit


Apply practical donor relations and fundraising strategies across diverse cultures and contexts

Curriculum

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership with a concentration in Philanthropy and Resource Development requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

5
Core Courses
4
Concentration Courses
3
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Nonprofit Leadership program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Classes 1 2 1 2
Year 2 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
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Take a Course Before You Apply


We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Philanthropy and Resource Development


A report done by the Philanthropy Outlook projects charity giving will grow 3.8% over the next year. This increase of funds will help community service agencies to create new positions.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fundraisers is expected to grow 15% through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.


Technological innovations such as social media have expanded the donor-nonprofit relationship which provides opportunities and challenges for nonprofits.

Job Titles

Development Officer
Director of Development
Fundraiser
Program Manager
Public Relations Managers
Development Events Manager

Fundraiser Salary Salary: National Average

$55,640
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

Accreditation

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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