Institute of Graduate Studies

Management of Non-Governmental Organizations

About Program

The development of civil society have increased the emphasis and studies on the professionalization and institutionalization of nonprofit organizations and thus management of those organizations have become more prominent in terms of funding, capacity building and volunteer management.

Management of Non-Governmental Organizations Program is a non-thesis master program that offers students the opportunity to examine how NGOs function to implement their mission, vision, and objectives. Through program, students will learn characteristic features of these organizations, understand their managerial challenges and their economic dynamics, and become familir with their social and political environments. An intensive one-year curriculum engages students to apply various principles central to the management of NGOs. Over the course of the program, students will conduct several different projects related to the management of particular NGO's operations.

Admission Requirements

Candidates who apply to graduate programs must have a bachelor’s degree in Turkey or abroad. ALES and language proficiency scores are not required.

Foreign applicants must have obtained a document from Turkish Teaching Center (TÖMER) indicating that they have the knowledge of advanced Turkish. Candidates who do not have this certificate must enter the Turkish exam of our university. ALES score is not required from foreign applicants.

Admission of students to MA Program in Management of Non-Governmental Organizations is carried out in accordance with the conditions specified in the Graduate Education Regulations of Istanbul Medeniyet University.

Evaluation and placement of candidates; 50% of the undergraduate GPA, 50% of the interview scores are determined by summation.

Summary of Admission Requirements:

● To be a graduate of an undergraduate program.

Evaluation Criteria:

● Undergraduate GPA (50%),

● Science exam and/or interview (50%).

Program Qualifications

The qualifications of the students who will graduate from Non-thesis Master Program in Management of Non-Governmental Organizations are as follows:

  • Gaining administrative competencies to meet the increasing demands of civil society and non-governmental organizations,
  • Gaining the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed for the management of non-governmental organizations,
  • Gaining and applying new skills in areas such as funding, capacity development, technology leadership, performance management, budgeting skills, management of volunteers, project management, and data-based decision-making processes,
  • Analyzing the relationship between state, civil society, economy, and culture,
  • Applying the necessary knowledge and skills in many areas ranging from the launching and planning processes of the non-governmental organizations.

Faculty Members

  • Prof. Dr. Gülfettin Çelik, Department of Economics
  • Prof. Dr. Hamza Ateş, Department of Public Administration
  • Prof. Dr. Ahmet Akın, Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance
  • Prof. Dr. Ahmet Nohutçu, Department of Public Administration
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Faruk Bal, Department of Economics
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erol Muzır, Department of Finance
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Lütfi Arslan, Department of Management and Organization
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Kaya, Department of Economics
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lütfi Sunar, Department of Sociology
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çankır, Department of Management and Organization
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özcan Erkan Akgün, Department of Curriculum and Education
  • Dr. Özer Selçuk, Department of Economics

There is one or two compulsory course(s) in the first and second semester of our program. During these two semesters, our participants can create their own programs by choosing the courses they want to develop in their fields. Candidates will also complete a term project with their chosen advisors as a condition of graduation. You can find detailed information about the contents of the courses in the next section.


Theory of Civil Society

Waqf System in Turkish Social System

Management of Non-Governmental Organizations

Legislation of Non-Governmental Organizations

Research Methods for NGOs


Project Management for NGOs

Financial Management in NGOs

Leadership in NGOs

Decision Making Process in NGOs

State and NGOs


Education System and NGOs

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Businesses

Social Marketing in NGOs

Volunteer Management

International NGO Management

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the master’s program, participants must complete at least 30 credits and must successfully complete term Project course. Other provisions related to graduation are as follows.


(1) The period of completion of the master's program without thesis is at least two semesters and maximum three semesters, regardless of whether or not they have registered for each semester, starting from the period in which the courses related to the program they are enrolled are given, excluding the period spent in scientific preparation. At the end of this period, the student who fails or fails to complete the program is dismissed from the University.

(2) For graduation, the student must succeed in the courses, provide the required credits, have a weighted grade point average of at least 2.50 and have successfully completed the term project course. The student is obliged to take new courses or repeat courses until he / she meets the weighted grade point average requirement.

İstanbul Medeniyet University, Institute of Graduate Studies, Program of Management of Non-Governmental Organizations

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Lütfi Arslan, e-mail:

Office phone number: 3835