NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Launches Accelerated M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking for International Students

Program Consists of 10 Weeks of Intensive Study in New York City, with Additional Degree Requirements Completed Online

NEW YORK, March 27, 2014 – International students can now earn an M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking in New York City, the fundraising capital of the world. The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) recently announced the launch of this innovative offering that allows students from around the world to complete the normal two-year format of the existing degree in 10 weeks of intensive study in New York, with additional requirements completed online in their home country. This creative new approach delivers the program content in a consolidated format.

“The need for highly trained professionals in fundraising and grantmaking has never been greater. As international charities and nonprofit organizations expand their reach globally, there has been a concurrent rise in the need for professionals with the skills to plan effective and strategic campaigns,” noted Naomi Levine, executive director of the George H. Heyman, Jr., Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising (scps.nyu.edu/phil). “Recognizing this increased demand, we will offer the M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking degree in an accelerated format this summer to exclusively meet the professional needs of international students, who would otherwise be unable to complete the existing two-year course of study.” 

Program participants will gain a highly sought-after graduate credential. They will meet and mingle with classmates and faculty members from around the globe as they hone their skills—from planned giving, to annual fund management, to the use of social media to build and cultivate donor bases. They will network with top industry professionals and take away invaluable skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

Through in-depth analyses of the legal, financial, ethical, psychological, and historic aspects of philanthropy, students will learn to implement successful outreach practices—including direct mail, telecommunications, social media, and special events. In addition, they will explore the impact of globalization on philanthropy, the development of boards, and the economic and statistical underpinnings of fundraising reporting.

Among the required courses are:

  • History & Philanthropy in the United States 
  • Theory & Practice in Fundraising      
  • Ethics, Laws, & Board Governance in Philanthropic Organizations 
  • Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy          
  • Your Strategic Technology Plan & Informed Fundraising    
  • Strategic Grantmaking           
  • Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations

The tuition for the program is $55,000 with substantial financial aid available for students who qualify. NYU summer housing also is available. This program qualifies for F-1 Student Visa status.

For more information about the degree and the NYU-SCPS George H. Heyman Center, visit scps.nyu.edu/msphilacc, call 212-998-7100, or e-mail scps.gradadmissions@nyu.edu.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.