Public and NGO Management


About The Field

This field prepares students for administrative and general management positions with public agencies, governments, and NGOs. Emphasis is placed on planning, budgeting, controlling, and financing in the unique context of both the public sector and NGOs. Special attention is given to micro-finance and entrepreneurship within NGOs.


Below is a representative portrait of curricular requirements for this Field of Study. Core requirements are subject to periodic updates and modifications; current Fletcher students should refer to the Registrar's course bulletin and to Fletcher Connect for definitive requirements in a given academic year.

The four fields of study that are the International Business fields for the MIB degree include: International Finance and Banking; Strategic Management and International Consultancy; Marketing; and Public and NGO Management. Students in the MIB program must complete one of these four International Business Fields of Study along with one International Affairs (MALD/PhD) Field of Study. MIB students must complete a minimum of three course credits in a single field to fulfill the International Business Field of Study requirement. Modular courses (1/2 credit courses) must be matched up to make a full credit. Each field has one required course credit and two elective course credits. An asterisk (*) denotes the required course for the field. Through petition to the Committee on Student Academic Programs, MALD students may offer one of the MIB International Business Fields of Study. However, it should be noted that in doing so, they are ineligible to officially offer the International Business Relations Field toward their plan of study. Note: MIB students are not permitted to offer the International Affairs Field of Study, International Business Relations, to satisfy one of their field requirements.

Core Requirements for the Field
  • The Public & NGO Management Field of Study requires the completion of a minimum of three course credits from the lists below, including one required class and two electives.
  • Modular (1/2 credit) courses must be matched up to make one-credit. For specific information on when and if courses are being offered, please see the current year’s course listing.
  • Elective Courses

    We encourage you to download our course catalog to get a better understanding of Fletcher, our curriculum, and our students.


    Andrew Lala, Tommy Galloway Fletcher
    Lilian Lehmann Fletcher
    Andres Valenciano Fletcher
    Andrew Lala, Tommy Galloway
    MALD 14
    Claire de Lune

       Read Andrew & Tommy's story

    Lilian Lehmann
    MALD 11
    Innovations for Poverty Action
    Global Programmes Manager
    Safe Water Programme

       Read Lilian's story

    Andres Valenciano
    MIB 12
    Fundacion Accion Joven
    Executive Director

       Read Andres' story

    Outside the Classroom

    • Practical Skills for Collaborating with a U.S. Mission Public Affairs Section on Programs, Grants and Exchanges
    • Global Leadership Forum with Boston Academics and NGO Leaders
    • Lead Where You Are: Perspectives from the Private, Public, and Non-Profit Sectors
    • Metrics of Success: The India Experience with Government Performance Management
    • Managing in Complex Environments: Questions for Leaders - Views from business, development and human rights
    • The Art of Inclusive Leadership: A Professional Development Workshop
    • Gentle Invasions: NGO Funding and the Manipulation of Civil Society within Transitional States
    • Code Red: The Emergency Business of International Humanitarian Aid
    • Delivering Social Impact
    • Below the Base of the Pyramid: Savings and the Ultra Poor
    • Microfinance: The Next Generation
    • The Akanksha Foundation - Pune, India
    • Development Innovations - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • Resonate - Kigali, Rwanda
    • Search for Common Ground - Yangon, Myanmar
    • Manos de Madres - Kigali, Rwanda
    • Ayuda en Accion - Ecuador, Colombia
    • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) - Cambridge, MA
    • Mercy Corps - Bamako, Mali
    • Centre for Microfinance Research - Chennai, India
    • Grameen Telecom - Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College - Newton, MA
    • Smiths Detection - Bangkok, Thailand
    • Winrock International - Kathmandu, Nepal
    • "Enhancing the Value of Monitoring in International Development: Lessons from Literature and Practice"
    • “The New Frontier of Development: How Securitization and Risk Spreading in the Microfinance Industry Can Benefit Development and the Private Sector”
    • "Launching Mobile Financial Services in Haiti"
    • "Business Plan: To Support Korean Social Enterprises and Vulnerable Groups"
    • "A Tale of Two States: A Comparative Analysis of Health Insurance for Low Income Populations"
    • "Land Grab" or Investment for Development? An Overview of Foreign Land Investments in Pakistan"
    • "Beyond the Constitution: Enhancing the Role of Legislatures in Conflict-Affected Societies"
    • "Maintaining Socially-Inclusive Economic Growth By Enabling Opportunity: Achieving Sustainable Development in Vietnam"
    • "Jamela Market Research & Business Plan"
    • "A Story of Communication, Power and Vision: Bringing Guatemalan Civil Society into the National Decision-Making Process"
    • "NGO Mission and Staff Perception: A Case Study of the Finca del Niño"

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    • International Business Club
    • International Development Club
    • Fletcher Net Impact
    • Fletcher Cares
    • Fletcher Humanitarian Action Society
    • Praxis: The Fletcher Journal of Human Security
    • Global Health Group
    • Human Rights Project
    • The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance

    A Fletcher education is highly customizable, and each student may decide on a different academic trajectory to suit his or her own professional and academic goals. To get a better sense of how these individual curricular decisions can play out, we asked recent students in their final semester to talk about their goals, their classes, and the decisions made during their Fletcher career. Meet Nathan:

    Pre-Fletcher Experience

    Peace Corps Volunteer, Niger
    Communications & Programme Assistant, Plan Niger

    Fields of Study

    Public & NGO Management
    Human Security

    Capstone Topic

    Defining Success and Failure in Development NGOs

    Post-Fletcher Professional Goals

    Project, program, and policy work in international development

    Read about Nathan's curricular path.

    Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty

    Kim Wilson, Lecturer in International Business and Human Security at The Fletcher School"Managing an NGO requires making connections with fellow students; taking advantage of summer internships; linking with interested faculty; and taking courses in business, law, politics, and diplomacy, areas that are Fletcher's specialty and the hallmark of the school."

    Kim Wilson, Lecturer in International Business and Human Security

    Other faculty with expertise in the field:

    John Hammock Julie Schaffner Bernard Simonin Christopher Tunnard Lawrence Weiss
    John Hammock Julie Schaffner Bernard Simonin Christopher Tunnard Lawrence Weiss