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Graduate Certificate in International Politics

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-601 Theory in International Relations (3) 


SIS-604 Masterworks of International Relations (3) 


other approved major field course 

  • 12 credit hours as approved by advisor