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Graduate Certificate Program in International NGO Management


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May 15th to August 20th, 2017

This innovative, predominantily online program offers students the opportunity to examine how international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are affected by changes in their operating context. Students will become more familiar with the distinctive features of these organizations, their managerial challenges, their economic dynamics, their social and political environments, and the values they seek to realize. An intensive summer curriculum engages students via a case-based pedagogy that requires them to apply various principles central to the management of international NGOs. Over the course of the program, students will conduct several different projects related to the varied phases of a particular international NGO's operations.

This focused program delivers most of its instruction during the 12 weeks of JMU’s graduate summer session (from mid-May through early August), followed by a study-abroad experience in mid-August. Students may complete the coursework for PUAD 650, MBA 651, and PUAD 653 from any location with internet access -- as these are online courses. Students will complete PUAD 652 via a mixture of online learning and via a field experience in Vietnam that will be held from August 13 through August 20, 2017.

Students substantively employed in an NGO will return to work upon the completion of the program. Students who are not currently employed with a relevant NGO will also conduct a 6-credit academic internship with an international NGO within 15 months of completing their course work in order to complete the entire certificate program. 

This certificate program welcomes applications from:

  • current undergraduate students who will complete their bachelor’s degrees by May 2017
  • applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year institution
  • graduate students currently seeking a degree at JMU


The INGO program is accepting applications this spring semester for the summer 2017 program through an application deadline of Friday April 14, 2017. 

Click on the relevant links below for more detailed information about the various components of this graduate certificate program in international NGO management.


For more information about the graduate certificate program in international NGO management, contact the coordinator:

Dr. Kerry Crawford
Miller Hall, room 2167
JMU Department of Political Science
Harrisonburg, VA 22807