Non-governmental Organization Management

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About the Program

There are roughly 10 million NGOs worldwide and approximately 1.5 million are located in the U.S. alone, employing over 10 percent of the domestic workforce. The MA in Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Management prepares students for this expanding sector and enables them to gain a practical and theoretical understanding of nonprofit and non-governmental institutions, leadership, and operations. The fully online MA in NGO Management is a unique program in that its focus is on all aspects of NGOs and is international in scope.

The degree consists of six required core courses, selection of a specialization track of three electives, and the final capstone seminar. The specialization tracks from which students choose one are: international organizations (e.g., humanitarian aid, emergency relief, and foreign assistance); project management (e.g., monitoring and evaluation, proposal development, and leadership); social enterprise (e.g., hybrid organizations and mission-based entrepreneurship); or governance and civic engagement (e.g., election monitoring, digital political participation, and advocacy). For the final capstone seminar, students have the option of interning with a local or international NGO as part of their capstone project.

Hopkins also offers a Certificate in Nonprofit Management (NPM) that was established in 2012 and provides students with an overview on nonprofit management and applicable skills for leadership in the nonprofit sector. This program continues to be an option for those not seeking a full master’s degree, but wanting to enter or advance within the NPM field.

Program Information

Course Locations All courses, except study abroad opportunities are online.
Available 100% Online Yes
Entry Terms Fall, Spring, & Summer semester
Degree Requirements Ten courses
Tuition in the 2019-2020 academic year is $4,111 per course.
Please note: 2019-2020 tuition rates are tentative pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
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Degree Basics

The MA in NGO Management requires the successful completion of ten courses, including six core courses, three courses for the student’s preferred specialization track, and the capstone course. The program offers courses in the fall, spring, and summer and some study abroad opportunities as well. Students have five years to finish their degree; extensions of up to two additional years are possible.

Degree Goals

The goals of the online MA in the NGO Management program are for students to:

  • Develop strong leadership skills to lead, manage, or found an NGO and to serve as ethical, effective and globally engaged leaders of nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations;
  •  Learn best practices across the NGO/NPO field and apply history, facts, trends and lessons learned to design, implement and manage projects;
  •  Acquire expertise in fundraising, grant writing, financial management, marketing, communication, and all aspects of NGO operations;
  • Identify the various roles that international and national NGOs and civil society organizations (CSOs) play in local, national and international development, humanitarian action, and policy processes; and
  • Demonstrate proficiency in NGO management and exhibit critical thinking skills in important public and global policy areas through the completion of the capstone project. 

Ten courses (online):

  1. Six Core Courses
  2. Three Elective Courses from a Specialization Track (Student’s choice from one of the following Tracks: international organizations, project management, social enterprise, and governance and civic engagement)
  3. Capstone Seminar

We recommend that students take the 470.728 Fundamentals of Nonprofits and Nonprofit Management course first. All nine previous courses must be completed before the student can take the Capstone Seminar. Otherwise, courses may be taken in any order the student chooses. With permission from the Program Director, students may combine electives from tracks, other than their own, depending on their interests.

Program Benefits

  • Completed entirely online.
  • Ten-course degree.
  • Online courses are highly interactive, with participants regularly sharing their ideas and their work with each other and with highly experienced instructors and nonprofit practitioners.
  • Flexible, asynchronous courses allow participants to work on their schedule.
  • Participants are provided with the fundamental tools to manage nonprofit/NGOs as well as given the option to choose a specific track which meets their specific goals and interests.
  • Students have the option of selecting an internship opportunity in the U.S. or abroad at an NGO as part of their capstone.
  • Students will have access to a network of students, alumni, professors, nonprofit/NGO practitioners and others in the field who will serve as resources for the program and its students, as well as access to support from the career center to assist them in their job search.