International Nongovernmental Organizations (MA)


Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description

The master of arts (MA) in international nongovernmental 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 nongovernmental organizations and non-profits.

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

This program is offered at the Geneva campus.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students 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.
    • Demonstrate managerial and operational skills relevant to the activities of INGOs.
    • Evaluate the consequences of the political and moral choices of INGOs.

Program Curriculum

Required Courses

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) in international non-governmental organizations must include the following courses:

  • INGO 5000 International Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) (3 hours)
  • INGO 5200 Research Methods and Approaches to International Non-governmental 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 non-governmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International non-governmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 6000 International Non-governmental Organizations in Theory and Practice (3 hours)
    or INGO 6250 Thesis/INGO 6900 (6 hours)
  • Two courses from the Issues Cluster (6 hours)
  • Two courses from the Skills Cluster (6 hours)
  • One additional course from either the Issues or the Skills Cluster (3 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 5600 Area Studies (maximum of one course or 3 credit hours) (3 hours) 

Skills Cluster (2 courses):

  • MRKT 5000 Marketing (3 hours)
    or NPLR 5020 Essentials of Marketing Resource Development in Nonprofits (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior
    or HRDV 5630 Organizational Development and Change (3 hours)
  • NPLR 5210 Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
  • INGO 5100 Finance Budgeting and Accounting for International non-governmental Organizations(3 hours)
  • INTB 5710 Cross Cultural Management (3 hours)
  • PBRL 5453 Communication Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International non-governmental Organizations (3 hours)

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

If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major.

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.

Dual Major in INTL/INGO

51 credit hours

The dual major in international relations and international nongovernmental organizations is designed for the student who wishes to seek a single Master of Arts degree with two majors: international relations and international nongovernmental relations. Unlike a sequential or dual degree, the student earns a single master's degree but with two concentrations. It is therefore more credit hours than a single-concentration Masters (36 credit hours) but still fewer than a sequential degree (60 or 63 credit hours).

Required Courses:

  • INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5000 Introduction to INGO (3 hours)
  • INTL 5100 or INGO 5200 Methods (3 hours)
  • INTL 6000 or INGO 6000 capstone (3 hours)
    or Thesis INTL 6250/INGO 6250 and INTL 6900/INGO 6900)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for INGOs (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for INGOs (3 hours)

Elective Courses:



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

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

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admissions
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119