The Schar School of Policy and Government offers certificate programs in conjunction with its master's programs. Students already pursuing a master's degree in the school may, in most cases, after admission to a certificate program, earn an additional six credits (two courses) in Schar to receive a certificate in addition to the master's degree.

The graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Applicants to all graduate programs must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admission Policies. Participants must be admitted to a certificate program. Admission requirements are the same as those for the master's programs and may be found with Schar Admissions.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Termination from Program

Students admitted to a Schar program will be terminated from the program upon receiving one grade of F and are no longer eligible to take courses in the school. Per university regulation, students are terminated from the university after accumulating grades of F in two courses or 9 credits of unsatisfactory grades in graduate courses. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: PP-CERG-NSP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Required Core 

PUBP 500Theory and Practice in Public Policy3
Total Credits3


Select 12 credits from the following courses as well as any other PUBP or ITRN course approved by the academic advisor: 112
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
National Security and the Global Economy
Topics in Policy and Government
International Conflict and Crisis Response
Peace and Stabilization Operations
Topics in Public Policy
National Security Management and Policy
History of Military Operations Other than War
International Police Operations
National Security Decision-Making Policy
Total Credits12

One of the four electives must have an international focus