NGO Management Graduate Certificate

Certificate in NGO Management

Thursday, 08 September 2011

The graduate certificate in NGO Management is a two-course module designed for students and professionals looking to start or join an NGO as well as NGO staff seeking to deepen their knowledge and improve their practices, and for all those who wish to integrate in other types of careers an in-depth understanding of what have become essential components of international affairs.


The program is based on a dual focus:

  • a thorough exploration of the nature and role of non-governmental organizations and of the international context in which they are active

  • a hands-on approach of the principles and practices of developing and managing an NGO.

The curriculum is composed of two semester-courses, taught in English (as are all courses at AGS). These two courses can be either taken as a standalone module yielding a graduate certificate in NGO Management from the American Graduate School in Paris, or as components of the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy program conducted at the American Graduate School in Paris and accredited in the US through Arcadia University (Pennsylvania). They each bear 3 credits towards the degree. They can also be transferred to a Master’s degree at another institution, at the discretion of that institution.

IRD-E-618: NGOs: An International Perspective

Taught every year in the Fall, this three-credit course introduces the range of NGO organizations, defining their place in the institutional landscape of the global community. It will critically examine the roots of their creation and action, as well as their modes of action.

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IRD-E-619: NGOs: Principles and Management

Taught in the Spring, this three-credit course addresses the principles and practices of developing and managing an NGO. Starting with the idea of creating an NGO to meet a certain need, the course provides students with the framework to grapple with creating NGO structures and governance, managing personnel and programs, attracting and accounting for financing, as well as examining the crucial aspect of communication with varied constituencies.

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This program is co-taught by a specialized scholar and a practitioner with extensive experience in NGO work.

Larry KilmanLarry Kilman is the former Secretary-General of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), where he was responsible for freedom of expression advocacy and development for the global organization representing the world's news media.

Previously, Mr. Kilman worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in Asia, Europe, and the United States, primarily with Agence France Presse, Radio Free Europe, and the Associated Press.

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Ruchi AnandRuchi Anand is a scholar whose areas of expertise include International Relations, Environmental Policy, Women's Studies and Peace Studies. She obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University and is Professor at AGS in Paris. She also regularly teaches in the Junior Statesmen Program at Princeton, Georgetown and Stanford in the US. Her publications include Self-Defense in International Law (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009) and International Environmental Justice: A North-South Dimension, (London: Ashgate 2004).

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