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A certificate awarded by American University's School of International Service is a symbol of professional achievement widely recognized by international organizations, non-profit agencies, corporate and government employers. SIS graduate certificates are credit programs designed for individuals who want an advanced academic credential without necessarily enrolling in a degree program.

Classes are offered every spring, summer, and fall. The certificate program requires 15 hours of approved graduate level course work. Up to 12 of the certificate credits are transferable to a master's degree program for which you will have laid a strong foundation.

SIS Graduate Certificate Programs

Recommended Application Deadlines

  Domestic International
Summer Institutes March 1 January 1
Fall Semester April 1 March 1
Spring Semester November 1 September 1

(Applications received after these dates will also be considered.)

Admission Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution,
  • Submit application form,
  • Submit a personal statement of interest,
  • Submit a resume,
  • Submit two letters of reference,
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended,
  • Submit $75.00 application fee.

All applicants are recommended, but not required, to:

  • Submit GRE score or results of other standardized tests, such as GMAT or LSAT (waived for Graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding applicants with three to five years of professional experience).

For international applicants:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 250 (computer-based) or 600 (paper-based) is required for those whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a U.S. accredited institution of higher learning where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • International students must submit the PIIRF form and appropriate financial documents.
  • International students, once admitted, will be issued form I-20 to obtain an F-1 visa. In order to maintain F-1 status, students must enroll as full-time students.

Please also note:

Federal or merit-based financial aid is not available for applicants. Certificate programs are billed on a per-credit basis. Appropriate fees apply to certificate students.

Please send all application materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
School of International Service
American University
Washington D.C. 20016-8071
Tel. 202-885-1646
Fax. 202-885-1109

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