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Graduate Degree Programs

International Affairs

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

SCOTT GARTNER, Director, School of International Affairs
245 Lewis Katz Building
(814) 867-2789

This program provides students, professionals, and others with an accessible, professional education in the rapidly evolving field of international affairs. The certificate builds career options in international relations, public policy, intelligence, defense policy, military affairs, counterterrorism, diplomacy, international organizations, law enforcement, international business, international law, international education, or economic development.

The 15-credit program offers a unique balance of academic study, hands-on training, and professional development; it includes 12 credits of core courses (9 required and 3 elective credits) and 3 broader elective credits. All courses must be taken for a letter grade with at least a 3.0 grade-point average maintained; no grades below a C will be counted toward the certificate.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the certificate program will require: (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

All applicants submit an application (including payment of the application fee), two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing a certificate in international affairs and discussing their plans and goals.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.
List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

INTAF 802 - Foundations of Diplomacy and International Relations Theory
INTAF 804 - Global Cultures and Leadership
INTAF 805 - International Economics: Principles, Policies, and Practices

ELECTIVE CORE COURSE (Select 3 credits):
INTAF 801 - Actors, Institutions, and Legal Frameworks in International Affairs
INTAF 803 - Multi-sector and Quantitative Analysis
INTAF 590 – International Affairs Colloquium

Select 3 INTAF credits at the graduate (500 or 800) level.

A complete list of potential elective courses will be maintained by the head of the certificate program and will be available from the program office. With approval in advance from the adviser, a student may be permitted to use another graduate course to fulfill this elective requirement.

Effective Semester:  Fall 2015
Expiration Semester: Spring 2020

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-04-000

Review Date: 01/13/2015


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