The Fundraising Management master’s program equips professionals to excel in institutional advancement and nonprofit management careers.
The world of nonprofits is growing – both in size and influence. The thousands of causes and the millions of organizations that serve those causes, in the United States and across the globe, need people to lead and to secure financial support. The Fundraising Management program here at Columbia is your portal to taking part in what many feel is the most important of society’s sectors – the one that furthers philanthropy, the love of humankind.
The need for fundraising professionals and nonprofit leaders to distinguish themselves has increased. Organizations constantly seek individuals with a thorough understanding of the philanthropic marketplace, a mastery of key fundraising techniques, and comprehensive management skills. Because of this demand for highly skilled development personnel, salaries are among the highest in the sector.
- 36 points for degree completion
- On-campus instruction
- Part-time* or full-time program
- Fall and Spring** intake
- 3–12 terms to complete***
- Capstone Seminar and comprehensive final project
- International students need to be enrolled on a full-time basis to be eligible for an F-1 student visa.
** Part-time program only for Spring intake
*** Summer courses included.
Students in the Fundraising Management program complete 12 3-point courses:
- five core required courses, which provide an overview of the industry and a thorough analysis of the essential elements of fundraising and leadership, including campaigns, major gifts, planning giving, and grants, as well as nonprofit financial management and board governance
- five elective courses in nonprofit leadership, spanning management, marketing, quantitative studies, and other subjects related to philanthropy, development, and fundraising
- two courses that comprise a capstone sequence: a seminar in fundraising, designed to address high-level considerations within the field, and a supervised project which permits students to apply the knowledge gained in the program in a meaningful, substantive way
Each course consists of theoretical and practical approaches to its subject matter. In-class exercises (such as formal presentations, role play, and experiential learning) and real institution-based assignments provide students with applied, tangible skills that readily transfer into the workplace, while homework (including readings, research, and report writing) keeps students up to date on the latest trends, techniques, and strategies in nonprofit administration. As such, the program imparts both the requisite subject matter necessary for mastery of the field as well as the techniques and tools essential for individual confidence and success.
The curriculum is demanding and requires a significant commitment of time and energy outside of the classroom. Students must complete the 36-point program with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better in order to be awarded the degree.