The Graduate Certificate in Global Studies and International Relations is designed to provide students with the skills and training necessary to analyze, research, and evaluate a topic of interest in a global location.
6 – 12 months
This graduate certificate program allows students to gain exposure to the diverse field of global studies and issues facing the international community of today. Overall, the program curriculum focuses on the themes of transition and development in the global world. Core courses provide a base of knowledge about global issues, and are combined with an elective that allows students to focus on a specific area of interest.
Courses from this certificate may be applied toward the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations
Option to choose regional area on which to focus specialized attention
A graduate degree, certificate, or bootcamp from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
Graduate Certificate in Global Studies and International Relations Core Requirements
GST 6100 - Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
GST 6101 - Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
GST 6320 - Peace and Conflict
Complete one of the following:
GST 6501 - Regional Studies: East Asia
GST 6502 - Regional Studies: Middle East
GST 6503 - Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
GST 6504 - Regional Studies: Europe
GST 6505 - Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
GST 6506 - Regional Studies: Latin America
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Political Science and Security alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.