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, this interdisciplinary program has the following goals:
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.
UNI is now offering the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential to students enrolled in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development MA program. The CNP is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students for leadership in the nonprofit sector.
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. Some courses and coursework are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Summer courses will be four weeks in length and may include video conferencing 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.
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Kristin Teig Torres, Director of Community Engagement, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
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 2018-19 academic year is $509 per unit of graduate credit or $320 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
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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 319-273-5970, 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 and Transfer Evaluation Forms.
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. The next cohort is scheduled to begin Fall 2019. We will use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about application deadlines.
We encourage you to apply for admission to graduate studies through the University of Northern Iowa as soon as possible. Applications received by June 3, 2019, will receive full consideration.
Former UNI students: The online application requires logging in with your CatID credentials. If you have forgotten your username or passphrase, contact the IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-273-5555 and have them reset your password.
Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance. Additional resources are also available from the UNI Graduate College.
Required departmental materials:
Required application materials can be attached (in .pdf format) to the application at the time of or after submission or sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
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When your application for graduate study is complete, you will receive confirmation from UNI Admissions staff that they have received and forwarded your application and transcripts to the School of Kinesiology, Allied Health & Human Services for review.
The department will review your application materials and contact you about your admission status. Following admission to the program, you will be provided enrollment information.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.