Frequently Asked Questions

This is my first time taking a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – what can I expect?

The course materials are all accessed online. Each week, you will receive an email that outlines the required activities, which range from pre-recorded, on-demand video lectures to readings, and team projects. You will have a main assignment due every week, but we provide soft deadlines so that you can take the course at your pace. You will collaborate with learners from all over the world to discuss course topics and complete assignments.

What are the fees associated with taking Philanthropy University courses?

All Philanthropy University courses are offered free of charge.

Can I attend Philanthropy University courses in person?

All Philanthropy University courses are facilitated exclusively online.

What if I don’t have regular have access to internet?

There are no required times when learners need to be online for the Philanthropy University courses. Participants might log in every day for 20 minutes or once a week for a more substantial amount of time – the learner decides the pace of the course.

For participants with bandwidth issues, we currently provide transcript alternatives to our videos, as well as a Google forms submission alternative for those accessing the course on a mobile device.

Can I be enrolled in more than one course at a time?

Yes. There are no restrictions on the number of Philanthropy University courses in which a learner can be enrolled simultaneously.

Do I have to take all seven courses at the same time?

It is not required for participants to take all seven courses simultaneously to receive the Certificate. We encourage learners to create a schedule that best fits your professional and personal time commitments.  

What is a Course Champion, and how can I become one?

Course Champions are Philanthropy University learners who volunteer their time to help facilitate online discussions and provide support for their peers. Course Champions typically spend at least 1 extra hour per week on their various responsibilities and receive a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction at the end of the course.

If you’re interested in serving as a Course Champion, please email us at info@philanthropyu.org.

 

What is the difference between a Statement of Accomplishment and Certificate in Social Sector Leadership?

The Statement of Accomplishment acknowledges a learner’s completion of one course’s minimum requirements. The Certificate in Social Sector Leadership acknowledges a learner’s completion of seven core curriculum courses. You can find more information about the Certificate here.

What are the requirements for receiving a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from Berkeley-Haas?

Participants who complete all seven of our core curriculum courses will earn a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from Berkeley-Haas through Session II 2017.   You can find more information about the Certificate requirements here.

Does the Certificate in Social Sector Leadership count for college or work credit?

Philanthropy University is a non-degree, diploma or credit granting initiative powered by Berkeley-Haas. Philanthropy U is the concept developer and sponsor of the initiative. Learners are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit. You can find more information about the Certificate here.

Can I receive a hard copy of my Statement of Accomplishment or Certificate in Social Sector Leadership?

Participants who fulfill the course and program requirements will receive a digital copy of their Statement of Accomplishment and/or Certificate in Social Sector Leadership, which they can download and then print. Hard copies of Statements and Certificates are not provided by mail.

If you would like to share your Statement of Accomplishment or Certificate in Social Sector Leadership as a badge on social media, as an endorsement to employers, or for any personal use, please be sure to download these documents by June 30, 2017.  At that time, Philanthropy University will transition the Certificate program and these documents will no longer be accessible.   We apologize for this inconvenience, and will provide all learners with multiple reminders over the coming months to take the steps to save these certifications.   

Click here for specific Certificate FAQs, including more information about coming changes to the program.