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Certificate of Advanced Studies in Civil Society Organizations                          

The Transnational NGO Initiative is committed to preparing Masters and PhD students in the Maxwell School for                                                                                            careers in NGO management, service delivery, and advocacy, as well as academic careers Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General Civicus & Former TNGO Fellow with Maxwell students who undertook research for her.focusing on better understanding the impacts, challenges, and functions of NGOs in global governance. Toward this end, the Moynihan Institute is the home of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Civil Society Organizations. This certificate is based on 15 hours of coursework that includes a foundational course, discipline-specific coursework, an internship / fieldwork requirement, and a pro-seminar. The certificate facilitates graduate students becoming familiar with the various faculty members at Maxwell who are working on issues related to global civil society in disciplines ranging from public administration and political science to sociology, geography, social work, and law. It is one of the few programs in the country that seeks to integrate diverse theoretical and applied perspectives on NGOs and civil society actors and support multidisciplinary graduate training around this field.

For a full description of the certificate, please click here.

To consult the list of electives for the academic year 2017-2018, please click here.

For a full description of the foundational course and the unique opportunities it offers, please click here.


To obtain the Certificate you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Petition your faculty advisor, who will determine whether you can pursue the Certificate consistent with requirements of your degree program.
2. Apply to the Director of the Certificate Program, Professor Margaret Hermann, 346 Eggers Hall (, by filling out:
       a. Proposed Program of Study Form which will then be held by the Moynihan Institute until all the requirements for the Certificate are complete, and
       b. Graduate School Internal Admission Application Form which will be submitted by the Moynihan Institute to the Graduate School for processing.

In preparation for graduation and in order to receive the printed Certificate, please follow the "File Diploma Request" link under the Student Services section of MySlice.

 *IMPORTANT - for December 2016 and May 2017 degree candidates, please be sure to review Important filing deadlines for programs of study* - to register your certificate for graduation. 

Please be sure to print your request before you press the ‘send’ button, since you cannot access your form after you have sent it. Please choose the term in which you will complete your diploma, provide the address to which the diploma should be mailed, and confirm or adjust the name to be printed on the diploma. Should circumstances change, you may use this link to adjust the term of completion, while changes to the diploma mailing address can be made through “View/Update Addresses.”

For other inquiries please contact: Rachel Belkin;; Transnational NGO Initiative, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.