Expand your fundraising skills and serve the Church more effectively by earning a graduate-level certificate in Catholic Philanthropy from the University of Mary.

Our 9-credit, 15-week, certificate program is taught by seasoned, successful Catholic fundraisers, many of whom have raised millions of dollars of donations during their careers. Learn primarily online with a one-week residency at our main campus in Bismarck, ND.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

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Program Length

9 credits/3 courses/15 weeks


  • Online, with a one-week residency at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Philanthropy professionals who want to improve their fundraising skills and boost their leadership skills employed in service to the Church
  • Professionals seeking to prepare for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exam
  • Church leaders who want to elevate their fundraising skills
  • Students who want to take a step toward earning an MBA or MOL with a Catholic Philanthropy specialization

Career Paths

  • President/CEO
  • Executive Director
  • Director of Development
  • Director of Annual Giving
  • Director of Planned Giving
  • Major Gifts Administrator
  • Grants Administrator

What You’ll Learn

  • Content relevant to and in preparation for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exam
  • How the principles of the “Theology of Gift” impact modern philanthropy
  • Best practices for modern fundraising and how they integrate with your Catholic faith
  • Skills and competencies for being a successful manager or senior mission advancement professional in service to the Church

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

  • BUS 537 - Foundations in Catholic Philanthropy
  • BUS 567 - Transformational Giving
  • BUS 636 - Mission Advancement Principles & Practice

For a list of courses for the Catholic Philanthropy Certificate, please visit the catalog.

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For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu

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