International and Nongovernmental Organizations


Effective 1 June 2024 through 31 May 2025

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Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is available at the Leiden campus but it is not available at the St. Louis main campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

The certificate in international and nongovernmental organizations (INGO) program educates students interested in understanding the nature of world affairs through the activities of domestic, transnational, regional and international organizations around the world. The objective of this program is to develop students into INGO specialists who will have the appropriate skills for working in and with international and nongovernmental organizations. Coursework focuses on developing skills in project management, grant writing, fundraising, negotiations and other key areas essential to the work in this field. Where available, this certificate may be earned while completing the MA in international relations or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

Learning Outcomes

 Upon completing this certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the theories, history and major actors that govern the modern operations of international and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate the roles and activities of IOs and INGOs in international affairs.
  • Evaluate the consequences of the political and moral choices of IOs and INGOs.


INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations or at least two upper-level undergraduate courses in international relations.


The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in international and nongovernmental organizations must include the following required course (3 hours) and three electives (9 hours):

  • INGO 5000 Introduction to International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)

Electives (9 credit hours)

  • INGO 5100 Finance, Budgeting and Accounting for International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5545 The United Nations in International Politics (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 6500 Internship in INGO (3 hours)
  • INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3 hours)


See the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution electronically to If this service is not available, send transcripts to:

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