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Graduate Certificate in Comparative & Regional Studies

Open to graduate level students in special contract programs, approved by the director of the program, who have successfully completed the special prerequisite program in English, mathematics/statistics, computers, and economics.

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their official transcripts along with a one page statement of purpose. For international students whose first language is not English, a score of at least 550 (213 on the computer version) on the TOEFL is required. 

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 9 credit hours at the 600-level or above with grades of C or better. 

Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 

Course Requirements

  • SIS-672 Theories of International and Comparative Studies (3)
  • or
  • other approved major field course
  • 12 credit hours as approved by advisor