Global MA in International Nongovernmental Organizations (GMA)


Effective 1 June 2015 through 31 May 2016

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences

New applications are not currently being accepted for this program

Program Description

The global master of arts (MA) in international nongovernmental organizations (INGO) program educates students interested in understanding the nature of world affairs through the activities of NGOs around the world. 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 non-governmental organizations and non-profits as well as academic careers in international relations. Students achieve this objective not only through coursework providing exposure to the key subfields of the discipline and relevant issues such as globalization, human rights, humanitarian action, and economic development, but also through professional seminars and through academic work at four of Webster's overseas sites.

The degree requires satisfactory completion of 36 credit hours of the Global INGO curriculum.

Global Degrees

Students enrolled in Webster Global degrees achieve greater comprehension of theoretical approaches to understanding global issues, not only through traditional course work but also through lived experience in different nations, interaction with local people, and through field visits. Hence, there are several fundamental experiences that distinguish the "Global degree" from a "non-global" degree.

  • A Global degree cannot be completed at one Webster University campus alone.
  • A Global degree includes study at several Webster University campuses in a minimum of three different countries.
  • A Global degree allows students to engage directly in various cultures and develop a global perspective that might not otherwise be achieved.
  • A Global degree requires a structured rotation of students among the Webster campuses with a predefined academic curriculum for each campus.
  • A Global degree allows for the movement of a cohort of students between campuses while still achieving all of the requirements for graduation.
  • A Global degree is designed so that the time spent in the local culture at each Webster campus complements the academic work in the student's particular area of study.

Global degree programs have a cohort of students. They are not available for single students moving among campuses. The cohort size will be determined by the academic department offering the Global degree. The integration of location-specific highlights that enhance academic understanding is crucial to a Global degree and should be organized as a part of the student's coursework, normally in professional seminars.


Students in the global international relations program typically visit the following countries:

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • London, England
  • Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Washington D.C, United States

Students interested in this program may enroll through the St. Louis Home Campus.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify the theories, history, and major actors that govern the modern operations of INGOs.
  • Develop professional-level proficiency in written communication skills.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate the roles and activities of INGOs in international affairs.
  • Develop managerial and operational skills relevant to the activities of INGOs.
  • Evaluate the consequences of the political and moral choices of INGOs.
  • Apply their theoretical knowledge to the practical world of INGOs.

Program Curriculum

Required Courses

The 36 credit hours required for the global master of arts (MA) degree in international nongovernmental organizations must include the following courses:

  • INGO 5000 Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) (3 hours)
  • INGO 5200 Methods and Approaches to International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiation (3 hours)
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 6000 International Nongovernmental Organizations in Theory and Practice (3 hours)
  • INTL 5300 Field Work
    or INGO 6500 Internship in International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5510 Professional Seminar in International Nongovernmental Organizations (6 hours)
  • Two Courses from the Issues Cluster (6 hours)

Issues Cluster (2 courses)

  • INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3 hours)
  • INTL 5050 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 56xx Area Studies Cluster (maximum of one course or 3 credit hours)
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
    or HRDV 5630 Organizational Development and Change (3 hours)

Not all of the courses listed above will be available to students at all locations.

If a required course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from the Issues Cluster in its place.

The required courses and electives listed in this core may be taken as directed studies, subject to the conditions stated in the Directed Studies section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

Students in the Global MA in INGO normally do not have the option of completing the program through INGO 6250 Thesis. Doing so requires at least six additional credits.


Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Application deadline is March 1, or until the class is filled, for enrollment in August of the same year


Students are required to complete INTL 5000 prior to admission to the INGO program. This requirement can be waived if the student has completed undergraduate coursework in international relations.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed Graduate Application for Admission, which can be completed and submitted online at

    Important Note: When asked to choose a program on the online application, applicants should select "St. Louis campuses" > "Home campus, Webster Groves" > "International Relations", and then choose "Global International Non Governmental Organizations." Applicants do not have to submit another application specific to the GMAINGO program.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, which can be submitted online with the application for admission.
  • An official transcript showing conferral of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students who completed their university education outside the US must have earned a comparable recognized bachelor's degree, as determined by Webster University. Students who expect to earn their bachelor's degree by July (the month prior to the start of the program) must submit an official transcript showing current academic progress. A final degree-conferred transcript must be submitted for full admission. Applicants who have completed graduate-level work should also request an official graduate transcript to be mailed to the Office of Admission.
  • Students should have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 out of a 4.0 grading scale from their bachelor's degree. Students with below this GPA may be considered for admission if they show successful academic achievement in their junior and senior years. This is considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • A current resume showing education, work, and volunteer experience.
  • An essay of 500-700 words in response to the following question: "In your opinion, what is the biggest global problem facing the world today?"
  • Two letters of recommendation which speak to the applicant's motivation, character, and ability to be successful in an intensive, 11-month graduate program that requires significant travel. One letter should come from a former or current professor/instructor. Recommendation letters should be written in narrative form and no more than one page in length. Applicants may submit recommendation letters with their application packet.
  • A phone interview may be required.

In addition to the documents listed above, non-US applicants must submit an official English translation of their transcript and diploma, if applicable. Applicants whose primary language is not English must document their English language proficiency at the time of application. Refer to the Admission section of the catalog for details.  

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
RE: Global MA in International Nongovernmental Organizations
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119