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
Duration of Program
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
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 can be applied toward the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations
Option to choose regional area on which to focus specialized attention
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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
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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