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 certificate in science, technology, and security provides an introduction to the intersection of science and security, covering topics such as the technology of CBRN weapons, proliferation, technical countermeasures, and the role of science and technology in the policy-making process.

The graduate certificate in science, technology, and security 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 on the Schar admissions website.


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 that 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-STS

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

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

Required Courses

BIOD 706Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security3
BIOD 760National Security Technology and Policy3
Total Credits6


Select three electives from the following:9
Emerging Infectious Diseases I: Bacteria and Toxins
Emerging Infectious Diseases II: Viral Agents
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Other course with prior written approval of program director
Total Credits9