Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF LAW AND POLITICAL SCIENCE | Department of Government and International Relations | Master of Arts in Political Science - NGOs Emphasis | NDU

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This program is crafted to furnish students with profound knowledge in the realm of International and Civil Society Organizations, with a specific focus on NGOs and NPOs. The Master’s program targets students intending to pursue or already engaged in careers within independent international, regional, and local organizations. It is also suitable for those operating under the auspices of the United Nations and its various agencies, as well as other significant development entities in the MENA region, the Arab World, and beyond.


Program Educational Objectives

This program is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge in the field of International and Civil Society Organizations and specifically NGOs and NPOs. The MA program is aimed at those students planning or embarking upon a career in independent international, regional, and local organizations, and those that operate under the umbrella of the United Nations and its various agencies, as well as other major development actors in the MENA region and beyond.


Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the program will be able to:
  1. 1.Build on previous experience and expertise in the field of law and demonstrate academic analytical skills with respect to legal practices in the MENA region.
  2. 2.Carry out original research in the field of legal studies and present publishable papers on the topic.
  3. 3.Demonstrate practical and professional skills needed for theoretical and applied research with respect to the legal system in the MENA region.
  4. 4.Coherently and convincingly critique international methods used to study legal processes in the MENA region and provide alternative research approaches.


Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should have a BA in Political Science, Public Administration, International Affairs and Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.

Successful passage of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 60 is mandatory. Additionally, students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Factors such as work experience, letters of recommendation, and motivation for a career and leadership are all considered. The faculty may necessitate the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and non-major applicants may be required to complete the following prerequisite courses.

  1. 1.MA in Political Science: IAF 211, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition.
  2. 2.MA in Public Administration: PAD 201, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition.
  3. 3.MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy: IAF 211, IAF 321, POS 201 or equivalent by petition.
  4. 4.MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy - International Law Emphasis: IAF 211, IAF 401, POS 442.


Graduation Requirements

Students seeking an MA in GIR must meet the University graduation requirements and complete one of the following two options of course work in addition to a comprehensive written and oral examination, or successful completion of 30 credits course work and 6 credits thesis. The minimum passing grade of a graduate course is “C.” Students in graduate studies are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses taken for graduate programs with no more than 2 “Cs” per program.


Major Electives (15cr.)

Select any five NGO courses from those listed in the course offerings.

Electives (6cr.)

NGO 693: Internship in an NGO and one additional course related to the major, or any two courses related to the major.
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