May to July 2019

This innovative, predominantly online program offers students the opportunity to examine how international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) 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 online during JMU’s graduate summer session (from mid-May through late July) and includes a capstone study-abroad experience in July. Three of the four courses are taught online: Management in International NGOs, The International Non-Profit Sector, and Ethics and INGOs. Students may complete these three courses from any location with internet access. Students will complete the fourth course, The Politics of INGO Management, via a mixture of online learning and a 10-day field experience in Vietnam that will be held from July 15th to 25th, 2019.

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 graduate certificate program welcomes applications from:

  • current undergraduate students who will complete their bachelor’s degrees (or equivalent) by May 2019
  • applicants who have completed either a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year U.S. institution or an equivalent course of study conducted abroad
  • graduate students currently seeking a degree at JMU

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  • The INGO program will begin accepting applications for the summer 2019 program in August 2018.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis during the spring semester March 15th, 2019
  • 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

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