Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Online; Bismarck, ND;
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

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Catholic Philanthropy MBA Concentration

Customize your graduate degree from the University of Mary, including the MBA, with this unique three-course concentration. Through the efforts of the Institute for Catholic Philanthropy—a one-of-a-kind partnership between FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and the University of Mary—the University of Mary is proud to offer this graduate-level concentration which can be added to any of the graduate programs offered through the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, including the online MBA. The program can also be utilized as a standalone graduate certificate.

The Institute for Catholic Philanthropy was founded to serve a critical need in the Church. In a time of extravagant consumerism, the world produces more wealth than ever before; however, the universal call to charitable giving is poorly understood and poorly fulfilled. The Church desperately needs properly trained professionals who can assist the Church in meeting the needs of our time. Through their shared project in the Institute for Catholic Philanthropy, FOCUS and the University of Mary have worked to design graduate-level courses to address this core need in the Church.

You can utilize this three-course program either as a standalone graduate certificate in Catholic Philanthropy or as a concentration to customize any of the graduate programs offered through the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, including the prestigious MBA

This curriculum is designed specifically for those who are currently serving in or soon entering the field of philanthropy, particularly those serving the Church. Like all of the graduate offerings in the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, the program is designed for working professionals, allowing you to achieve advanced education while continuing your employment. You will be trained in the essential skills for a successful career in fundraising in service of the Church.

About the Institute for Catholic Philanthropy

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) was founded in 1998 and invites college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. 

The University of Mary is a Catholic University based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Respected for its MBA and other accredited master’s degree programs in business, Mary proudly brings Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values into its leadership development programs. Moreover, the University of Mary is the most affordable, serious, Catholic university in the nation. 

MBA Catholic Philanthropy Program Highlights

Learn more about how a Catholic MBA compares to your typical online MBA program. There is a difference, and it’s a big one.

The MBA with a concentration in Catholic Philanthropy is ideal for professionals in or desiring to enter the field of fundraising. In addition to being steeped in a curriculum of sound business leadership and management principles and practices, the Catholic Philanthropy concentration enables participants to deeply explore the foundations of charitable giving in the context of the Catholic Church’s rich tradition of scholarship, understanding and experience.

The concentration is designed to be added to Mary’s affordable online MBA programs and other online master’s degree programs in business–including MS in BusinessMaster of Project Management, and Master of Public Administration. These programs are all respected for quality, flexibility, and affordability. When combined with the Catholic Philanthropy concentration, students can receive a respected graduate degree providing a recognized credential combined with philanthropy curriculum focused on fundraising and the foundations of charitable giving.

For their MBA or other graduate business coursework, students can select the online option or choose to study at one of our satellite locations across the region, in evening coursework specifically designed for the working adult. 

The Catholic Philanthropy program concentration and certificate are offered in the summer months, beginning in mid-May and lasting through mid-August. While the majority of the coursework is online, the program includes a one-week residency component in July.

  1. Flexible Learning

    In addition to one week of concentrated study at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, all courses are completed in a convenient online setting that combines all the benefits of classroom learning with the flexibility needed for working professionals.

  2. Expert Faculty

    Learn and study with instructors who are experts in their field, who bring hands-on experience to the classroom and course lessons. Experienced and successful fundraising professionals from both FOCUS and the University of Mary assist in your education!

  3. Specialized Focus

    Throughout their coursework students are prepared to achieve the presitgious Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification. Yet by drawing upon a variety of early and modern Church writings and contemporary sources, including sacred Scripture, participants explore the nature and meaning of the “theology of gift” and its implications in the profession of charitable giving and fundraising.
  4. Accelerated and Affordable 

    Students in the University of Mary's online MBA program or other master's programs typically take 18-24 months to complete their degree. Additionally, many of our programs start at just $15,000, making them among the most affordable in the country. Contact the graduate admissions office today to learn more!

Required Courses

There are three courses needed to complete the Concentration in Catholic Philanthropy:

  1. Foundations in Catholic Philanthropy
  2. Transformational Giving: Activating the Gift
  3. Principles and Practice

Why Choose an Online MBA Catholic Philanthropy Program?

With projected employment growth of 9 percent between 2014 to 2024*, the demand for degreed professionals in the field of Catholic philanthropy is projected to grow as well.

In addition to earning an MBA, graduates of the MBA with the Catholic Philanthropy concentration are prepared to sit for the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) exam and careers in a variety of faith-based fundraising enterprises.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Catholic Philanthropy Concentration

In addition to completing the curriculum required for the MBA (MSBMPM or MPA also available), you will take the following courses to complete the Catholic Philanthropy concentration:

  • Foundations in Catholic Philanthropy
  • Transformational Giving: Activating the Gift
  • Principles and Practice

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