Graduate Certificates

The Penn State School of International Affairs offers a range of graduate education programs to produce rewarding career paths in the global arena.  Our four graduate certificates offer working professionals, students, and those interested in advancing their knowledge of international issues a flexible program that can be easily completed in less than one year.  These certificates allow students to join our school’s cohort of future leaders and to participate in our school’s unique educational program.  Students pursuing these certificates work within a small program housed within a major research university; they take courses from an elite faculty of internationally recognized scholars and practitioners; and they receive an education that emphasizes practical learning designed to advance their future careers.

Our certificate programs specialize in providing a global perspective and preparing leaders in a range of careers.  For students pursuing careers in international affairs, these certificates offer essential foundations to the field. In addition, these certificates broaden the perspectives and global knowledge of students working in a range of careers outside of global affairs.

Students pursuing a graduate certificate in the School of International Affairs can expect to gain:

  • understanding of the major factors that form the foundations of international affairs through coursework on economic development, globalization, and international diplomacy and law,
  • a unique balance of academic study, hands-on training, and professional development to match the rapidly evolving global job market, and
  • experience working with a faculty that contains decades of experience as former ambassadors, senior government advisers, higher education leaders, senior officials of international organizations, and foreign policy experts.

The School of International Affairs offers four specialized graduate certificates: 

International Affairs Certificate

International Development Policy Certificate 

International Security Studies Certificate

International Public Policy Certificate

Credits earned through the certificate programs may be applied to the Master of International Affairs degree, provided that the student applies within five years of completing the certificate.  Due to strict regulations, international students may not be eligible to pursue a certificate.  Please email for more information.    

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