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Avila is a Continuing Education Approved Provider with CFRE International

Earn your MA in Management with a concentration in
Fundraising Online

  • Fundraising Degree
  • Course Requirements
  • Class Schedule
  • Course Rotation
  • Careers

Fundraising changes the world.

Avila Univeristy and Hartsook InstituteStudents who pursue an ONLINE master's degree in management with a concentration in fundraising from Avila University have determined that they want to learn the science behind fundraising to further their careers. Some students also want to expand their career opportunities, while others may have been selected for new opportunities and are seeking the skills to accompany their new challenges.

This innovative, research- and knowledge-based program is made possible through a partnership between Avila and Hartsook Companies, Inc., experts in fundraising consulting along with Adrian Sargeant, Visiting Professor at Avila University and internationally renowned expert in the field.

The Avila University fundraising master's program is 37 credit hours and can be taken completely online with classes starting every eight weeks.


A tuition grant of 33% is available for Hartsook Companies, Inc. clients and 25% for current Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) members to help pay for the cost of your degree. Contact us for more info: advantage@avila.edu

Course Requirements



Management Curriculum (all courses below required)  

MG 601 Statistics & Assessment 3

MG 605 Ethics & Legal Environment 3

MG 630 Financial Decision Making for Managers 3

MG 650 Strategic Communication 3

MG 670 Organizational Psych & Behavior 3

MG 675 Team Development 3

MG 688 Leadership & Influence 3

Required Capstone Course  

MG 695 Applied Research Project 3

Fundraising Curriculum  

FR 600 Introduction to Fundraising & Donor Behavior 1

FR 610 Direct and Interactive Marketing for Fundraising 3

FR 620 Fundraising Planning 3

FR 635 Major and Planned Giving 3

FR 645 Institutional Fundraising 3

37 credit hours are required to graduate.


Class Schedule
Each semester is divided into two 8-week sessions.

Spring Semester 2016
January 4 – April 23

Summer Semester 2016
April 25 – August 15

Course Rotation


Each semester is divided into two 8-week sessions.

Fundraising Courses


FR 600
Intro to Fundraising (o)
FR 600
Intro to Fundraising (o)
FR 600
Intro to Fundraising (o)
FR 620
Fundraising Planning (o)
FR 610
Direct & Interactive Marketing (o)
FR 645
Institutional Fundraising (o)
  FR 635
Major and Planned Giving (o)

Management Courses


MG 601
MG 601 
MG 601 
Statistics (o)
MG 650
Strategic Communication (o)
MG 650  S
Strategic Communication
MG 650 
Strategic Communication
  MG 670 
Org Psych & Behavior (o)
MG 670 
Org Psych & Behavior
MG 675
Team Development
MG 675
Team Development (o)
MG 675
Team Development
MG 688 
Leadership and Influence
MG 688
Leadership and Influence (o)
MG 605
Ethics & Legal Environ (o) in odd year
MG 630
Financial Decisionmaking (o) in odd year


Careers with a Management in Fundraising Degree

There are many opportunities in the job market with a Master's in Management in Fundraising. Jobs in this field include:

· Vice President of Advancement
· Director of Planned Giving
· Director of Development
· Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
· Donor Relations Manager
· Director of Major Gifts
· Grant Writer
· Fundraising Director
· Chief Development Officer
· Campaign Manager
· Prospect Research Manager
· Special Events Manager
· Individual Giving Manager
· Director of Annual Giving
· Director of Alumni Relations
· Stewardship Manager