International and Nongovernmental Organizations (MA)


2018-2019 DRAFT GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Volume 1: 2018.2019

Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

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


This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, and is only available at the Geneva campus. 

Program Description

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

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 IOs and INGOs.
  • Develop professional-level proficiency in written communication skills.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate the roles and activities of IOs and INGOs in international affairs.
  • Demonstrate managerial and operational skills relevant to the activities of IOs and INGOs.
  • Evaluate the consequences of the political and moral choices of IOs and INGOs.

Program Curriculum

Required Courses

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

  • INGO 5000 Introduction to International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5200 Research Methods and Approaches in International and 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 and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 6000 Theory and Practice in International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
    or INGO 6250 Thesis (6 hours) and INGO 6900 University Thesis Requirement (0 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 5545 The United Nations in International Politics (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 (3 hours)
    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 and Nongovernmental 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 Nongovernmental 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.

Dual Major Option: International Relations/International and Nongovernmental Organizations

This program is only available at the Geneva campus.

51 Credit Hours

The dual major in international relations and international and nongovernmental organizations is designed for the student who wishes to seek a single master of arts degree with two majors: international relations and international and 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 International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives (3 hours)
    or INGO 5200 Research Methods and Approaches in International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 6000 Capstone in International Relations (3 hours)
    or INGO 6000 Theory and Practice in International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
    or INTL 6250 Thesis* (6 hours) and INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirements* (0 hours)
    or INGO 6250 Thesis* (6 hours) and INGO 6900 University Thesis Requirements* (0 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)

*Students taking INTL 6250 or INGO 6250 Thesis (6 hours) must also register for INTL 6900 or INGO 6900 University Thesis Requirements (0 hours). INTL 6900 or INGO 6900 acknowledges successful completion of all thesis requirements including conforming to university and departmental guidelines as well as depositing the thesis in the University library.

Elective Courses:

Admission

Prerequisites

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 admissions materials to:

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

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B- or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.