International Development Policy Certificate

This program provides students, professionals, and others with an accessible, professional education in the rapidly evolving field of international development policy. Students study geopolitical, cultural, and legal aspects of international affairs pertaining to economic development. The certificate is a strong addition to the resume of anyone interested in a career in international relations, public policy, intelligence, defense, military affairs, counterterrorism, diplomacy, NGOs, international business, international law, or economic development.

The 12-credit program offers a unique balance of academic study, hands-on training, and professional development; it includes 3 credits of the core (INTAF 506 or 803), 3 credits of an additional core course or SIA elective, and 6 credits in additional 400, 500 or 800 electives.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the certificate program will require: 
1. a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or

2. a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

All applicants submit an application, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing a certificate in international affairs and discussing their plans and goals. Applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language will submit TOEFL scores. Program requirements are TOELF scores of at least 550 for the paper test or 80 for the computer-based test. 

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

INTAF 506 - International Economics: Principles, Policies, and Practices
INTAF 803 - Multi-sector and Quantitative Analysis

INTAF 890 - Colloquium on Current Policy Challenges
INTAF 801 - Actors, Institutions, and Legal Frameworks in International Affairs
INTAF 802 - Foundations of Diplomacy and International Relations Theory
INTAF 804 - Global Cultures and Leadership

TWO ELECTIVE COURSES on topics relevant to International Development Policy:
Two INTAF electives are selected from current course offerings. In some cases, substitution of a relevant 500 level course from an appropriate unit may be possible.

A Sample Look at SIA Course Offerings Related to Economic Development:

  1. Political Economy of Development and Growth — INTAF 504 (3 credits)
  2. Strategy, Conflict, Peace — INTAF 505 (3 credits)
  3. Seminar on State-Making — INTAF 597/PL SC 597* (3 credits)
  4. Energy, International Security, and the Global Economy — INTAF 810 (3 credits) 
  5. Dynamics of International Economic Order:  Law, Politics, and Power — INTAF 815 (3 credits)
  6. War and Peace — INTAF 816 (3 credits)  

Effective Semester:  Fall 2018

Expiration Semester: Fall 2023