MA International NGO’s

The master of arts (MA) in international non-governmental organizations (INGO) program educates students to engage in world affairs and issues by working with and through NGOs.

Courses in this program integrate information and theories from the international relations discipline and skill-based education from the disciplines of management, business, human resources, and marketing. The objective of this program is to develop students into broadly educated INGO specialists who will have the appropriate skills for working in international governmental and non-governmental organizations and non-profits.The degree requires satisfactory completion of 36 credit hours of the INGO curriculum.

Offered at Geneva, Leiden, and London campuses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  • Graduates will identify the theories, history, and major actors that govern the modern operations of INGOs.
  • Graduates will demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
  • Graduates will be able to critically analyze and evaluate the roles and activities of INGOs in international affairs.
  • Graduates will demonstrate managerial and operational skills relevant to the activities of INGOs.
  • Graduates will evaluate the consequences of the political and moral choices of INGOs.

Prerequisite Course - 3 credits/ 1 course:

INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations
Students are introduced to the discipline of international relations through an overview of international security, foreign policy, international organizations, international law, and international political economy. Students examine the basic structure, processes, and issues relating to international affairs.

Required courses - 18 credits/ 6 courses:

INGO 5000 International Nongovernmental Organization

This course will explore the world of International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs) by reviewing the types of, and institutional issues related to, INGOs. Specifically, the course will review the activities and roles of INGOs as subcontractors, educators, technical assistance providers, humanitarian aid providers, and policy advocates. It will also examine the role of INGOs in civil society and how INGOs are shaped by world politics, states, and economic forces.

INTL 5540 International Organizations

INGO 5200 Research Methods & Approaches

INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiations

INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations

INGO 5900 Project Management for International Nongovernmental Organizations

Issues Cluster - max 9 credits/ 2 or 3 courses:

INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics

This course provides a forum for investigating such transnational issues as: regionalism, the environment, human rights, and refugees. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs

INTL 5530 International Law

INTL 5400 International Political Economy

INTL 5580 Politics of Development

INTL 5050 Comparative Politics

INTL 5600 Area Studies

Skills Cluster - max 9 credits/ 2 or 3 courses:

MRKT 5000 Marketing

Students examine the character and importance of the marketing process, its essential functions, and the institutions exercising these functions. Course content focuses on the major policies that underlie the activities of marketing institutions and the social, economic, and political implications of such policies.

MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior or HRDV 5630 Organizational Development & Change

NPLR 5210 Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship

INGO 5100 Finance Budgeting and Accounting for International non-governmental Organizations

INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International Nongovernmental Organizations

INTB 5710 Cross-Cultural Management

PBRL 5453 Communications Strategies for Nonprofits

Final Capstone course (3 credits/ 1 course)

INTL 6000 International Relations: theory and practice

Various contemporary theories of international relations are examined. The relationship of theory to the practice of international relations is considered. This course presents an overview for students who are completing a major in international relations. Prerequisite: completion of at least 30 credits toward major.

Career Prospects

The objective of this program is to develop students into broadly educated INGO specialists who will have the appropriate skills for working in international governmental and non-governmental organizations and non-profits. 

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Dr. Islam Qasem

Head of Department of International Relations

Welcome to the Department of Global Politics
Our teaching staff are talented international scholars and renowned practitioners bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom. Our department is truly an exciting place to study international relations.