The Degree of Master of Arts in Political Science
NGOs Emphasis

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 Master’s 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 Arab World and beyond.

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to a graduate program, an applicant must hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education preceded by a secondary school certificate recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education as equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II. The minimum GPA must be 3.0/4.0.

Individual Faculties retain the right to request further requirements for admission to graduate programs such as the Graduate management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Other requirements may include recommendations from employer(s), auditions interviews, and samples of the student’s work or personal statements. These other admission requirements will be stated in the letters of conditional admission authorized by the concerned Faculty.

For further details, applicants are requested to refer to the University catalog or enquire at the Admissions Office.

Graduation Requirements
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should have a BA in Political Science – NGOs Concentration, Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration or any other BA or BS degree related to the scope and purpose of a NGOs vocation.


Core Requirements (9 cr.)

These are 3 courses that introduce you to the basic theories and practices of international organizations and specialized agencies, public administration and scientific methods for conducting research in all later courses.

Major Electives (15 cr.)

five courses of your choice from the NGO program will give you advanced knowledge and varied aspects of Civil Society and development, introduce you to tools for project, human resources and financial management, strategic planning, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, as well as advocacy and social marketing, to mention only some of the topics.

Free Electives (6 or 12 cr.)

  • Option I: you complete 6 elective credits and take the thesis course of 6 credits to conduct and write a research on a significant topic related to the area of your specialization
  • Option II: you complete 12 elective credits and sit for comprehensive written and oral exams.