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Please work with the CAS director to select electives that meet your goals.

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Leadership of International and Non-Governmental Organizations is a 12-credit certificate that can be completed full time in one semester of study or part time over one to three years, either on campus or online.

  • Explain and assess leadership and managerial theories, skills and competencies.
  • Discuss students' role and potential as public administrators.
  • Analyze the context(s) within which international and non-governmental organizations operate and the complex interconnectedness of INGO relationships.
  • Define organizational effectiveness and identify methods of demonstrating effectiveness to stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge in a substantive policy area.

For complete CAS requirements, please visit the Course Catalog.

Core Course

One required course: PAI 895 - Executive Education Seminar in Managerial Leadership

With careful guidance, students select the remaining three courses from the professional programs in public administration and international relations as well as the social science departments in the Maxwell School. To complete the certificate, students take at least one course in each of the following thematic areas, based on professional need or substantive interest.

  1. the operating context and key actors
  2. managerial skills and competencies
  3. policy context and analysis

Students must seek approval from the faculty advisor about the proposed courses for the certificate prior to enrollment. All courses may be applied to E.M.P.A. and E.M.I.R. degrees. (Not available in Washington, D.C.)

Approved Electives

Theme 1: International Public Sector Operating Context and Key Actors

Sample Courses

  • Seminar on Managing NGOs in Transitional and Development Countries
  • International Public and NGO Management
  • United Nations Organizations - Managing for Change
  • Humanitarian Action: Challenges, Responses, Results

Theme 2: Managerial Skills and Competencies

Sample Courses

  • Public Budgeting
  • Evaluation of International Programs and Projects
  • Human Resource Management for the Public Sector

Theme 3: Policy Analysis

Sample Courses

  • Energy, Environment and Resource Policy
  • Fundamentals of Public Policy
  • Economics of Health and Health Policy

Admission and Financial Aid

This program is open to students who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and at least seven years of work experience.

While financial aid in the form of federal education loans are not available for this stand-alone CAS, applicants should inquire within their employers/agencies about funding for professional development.

U.S. Veterans

The CAS program is an approved program of study at Syracuse University, allowing student veterans to access VA benefits toward their study in this field. At Syracuse University, student veterans are assisted with their veteran educational benefits by the Office of Veteran Success, including unlimited participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, allowing Post-9/11 GI Bill students to receive additional funding to cover required tuition and fees.

More information on how to access VA benefits for tuition and fees, as well as assistance with payment deferrals, can be found on the Office of Veterans Affairs website.

Application Information

Request information about our Certificates of Advanced Study.


For stand-alone applicants and E.M.P.A./E.M.I.R. students, contact:

Margaret E. Lane

Margaret E. Lane

Assistant Director, Executive Education Department

215 Eggers Hall
315.443.8708 |

Executive Education Department
219 Maxwell Hall