If you want to learn to develop your abilities to serve the mission of the Church, an evening or online MBA with a Catholic Philanthropy specialization will give you the operational and fundraising know-how you need.

Provided in part through the Institute for Catholic Philanthropy—a one-of-a-kind partnership between FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and the University of Mary—our MBA with a specialization in Catholic Philanthropy combines advanced teachings in the core operational aspects of business and philanthropy with courses devoted to the values and best practices that make Catholic charities and nonprofits successful.

Graduates of the program will play a critical role in advancing the mission and ministry of the Church through professional resource development. Skills learned in the program will help graduates invite people to participate in the mission of the Church through giving. This program seeks to help individuals understand Catholic philanthropy as evangelization, and to equip graduates with the tools necessary to meet people where they are and invite them to grow closer to Christ and His Church by giving of themselves and their financial gifts.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
Contact us today to learn how you can be a part of this unique opportunity. The MBA with a specialization in Catholic Philanthropy starts May 9, 2022. Reserve your spot today!

At a Glance

Median wage per year for fundraisers

Program Length

As little as 16 months


  • The MBA cohort in Catholic Philanthropy begins May 9, 2022. Coursework will be online with two one-week summer residencies on campus in Bismarck

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Nonprofit Professionals
  • Members of the Clergy
  • B-Corp Professionals
  • Fundraising Professionals
  • Business professionals looking to steer their organization in a mission-based direction
  • All others who want to combine strong values with advanced business operations knowledge

Career Paths

  • Director of Development
  • Major Gifts Officer
  • Grants Officer
  • Director of Annual Giving
  • Charity Manager
  • Nonprofit Leader
  • Church Leader
  • Fundraising Specialist

What You’ll Learn

By combining our MBA with a Catholic Philanthropy specialization, you will acquire advanced knowledge about successful organizational operations by examining fundraising best practices for charities and other nonprofits. When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • By enrolling in a cohort format, you will build community with your classmates and learn about best practices in philanthropy, guided by industry experts.
  • Demonstrate full knowledge of the concept of “Theology of Gift” and how these principles affect modern philanthropy.
  • Synthesize professional best practices with the Catholic faith and develop processes and plans formed by values of self-gift and service.
  • Demonstrate preparation in all areas of the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) test subject matter.
  • Demonstrate professional competence as a manager or senior mission advancement professional.
  • Evaluate the contemporary global business environment in an integrated manner to propose business solutions.
  • Demonstrate professional business communication.
  • Interpret results from multiple business support tools to inform decision making.
  • Handle operational tasks focused on accounting and finance.
  • Understand business processes and how to modify them for different situations.


  • IACBE logo


    The Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

    View Accreditation

Program Details

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. Contact us today to learn how you can be a part of this unique opportunity. The MBA with a specialization in Catholic Philanthropy starts May 3, 2021. Reserve your spot today!
  • The MBA cohort in Catholic Philanthropy begins May 3, 2021. Coursework will be online with two one-week summer residencies on campus in Bismarck

Foundations in Catholic Philanthropy (3 credits)

Analyze foundational principles such as Gift, Generosity, Gratefulness, and Love - specifically, how they relate to charitable giving and motives. Synthesize these concepts through an exploration of sacred scripture, early Church writings, and modem Church works.

Transformational Giving (3 credits)

Interpret Major Gifts practices through the lens of SelfGift, compare different major gift approaches, and demonstrate mastery of major gifts techniques and presentation.

Mission Advancement Principles & Practice (3 credits)

Evaluate ethical, procedural, legal, and managerial principles and practices of running a successful Mission Advancement office. This course will also fulfill Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) test preparation necessary for the following sections: Donor Research, Volunteer Involvement, Leadership and Management, and Ethics, Accountability, and Professionalism.

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

  • Tuition: $560/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester
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 graduate program:

  • Official transcripts showing a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary? 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 [email protected]
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.

Get Started Today

Apply Online