Dr. Tiyanjana Maluwa
Lewis Katz Building
This program provides students, professionals, and others with an accessible, professional education in the rapidly evolving field of international security studies. Students study geopolitical, cultural, and international law aspects of international affairs pertaining to security dilemmas. The certificate is a strong addition to the resume of anyone interested in a career in international relations, public policy, intelligence, defense, military affairs, counterterrorism, diplomacy, law enforcement, international organizations, or international law.
The 15-credit program offers a unique balance of academic study, hands-on training, and professional development; it includes 9 credits of core courses (6 required and 3 elective credits) and 6 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 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:
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (6 credits):
INTAF 801 - Actors, Institutions, and Legal Frameworks in International Affairs
INTAF 802 - Foundations of Diplomacy and International Relations Theory
ELECTIVE CORE COURSES (Select 3 credits):
INTAF 590 – International Affairs Colloquium
INTAF 803 - Multi-sector and Quantitative Analysis
INTAF 804 - Global Cultures and Leadership
INTAF 805 - International Economics: Principles, Policies, and Practices
ADDITIONAL ELECTIVE COURSES (Select 6 credits relevant to international security):
INTAF 503 - Hazards, Disasters, and International Affairs
INTAF 505 - Strategy, Conflict, Peace
INTAF 810 - Energy, International Security, and the Global Economy
INTAF 812 - The Role of Intelligence in International Relations
INTAF 814 - U.S. Policy in the Middle East
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