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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
admissions@sia.psu.edu

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, economic development, international environmental policy, and international energy policy.

The 12-credit program offers a unique balance of academic study, hands-on training, and professional development; it includes 6 credits of core courses, 3 credits in additional core courses or SIA electives, and 3 credits in additional 500 or 800 level courses (in some cases, at the discretion of the certificate program head, substitution of a relevant course from an appropriate unit may be possible).

All courses must be taken for a letter grade with at least 3.0 grade-point average maintained; no grades below a C will be counted toward the certificate.

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

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


List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

REQUIRED COURSES - Select 6 Credits from the below Core Courses:
INTAF 506 - International Economics: Principles, Policies, and Practices (3 credits)
INTAF 801 - Actors, Institutions, and Legal Frameworks in International Affairs (3 credits)
INTAF 802 - Foundations of Diplomacy and International Relations Theory (3 credits)
INTAF 803 - Multi-sector and Quantitative Analysis
INTAF 804 - Global Cultures and Leadership (3 credits)
INTAF 890 - Colloquium on Current Policy Challenges

ADDITIONAL Core Courses or SIA Elective Courses:
Select an additional 3 credits in Core Courses or SIA Elective Courses.

Additional 500 or 800 Level Courses:
Select an additional 3 credits in 500 or 800 Level Courses.

*In some cases, at the discretion of the certificate program head, substitution of a relevant course from an appropriate unit may be possible.

Effective Semester:  Spring 2018
Expiration Semester: Spring 2023

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2017

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