The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI has received approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to offer a doctoral degree to develop leaders for the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors. The university will start offering the program in the fall 2023 semester.
The school said the doctorate in philanthropic leadership will help address what it calls a significant leadership gap.
IUPUI already offers Ph.D., master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in that field. The school said the new program is different from a traditional Ph.D. degree, which typically prepares graduates for academic positions. The doctorate in philanthropic leadership focuses on applying new and existing knowledge and professional experience to deliver social impact.
“By combining the best of education, research and professional practice, students in this new doctoral degree will extend the educational legacy of IUPUI as they strengthen their ability to raise awareness of crucial issues in our society, improve outcomes and build community at all levels,” said Nasser H. Paydar, chancellor of IUPUI and executive vice president of Indiana University, in written remarks.
All courses will be online and designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals. IUPUI said the 48-credit-hour degree program should take three years to complete.
The program will start accepting student applications this fall.