Global Security Studies (Adv Cert)

This program is currently accepting applications from potential students for enrollment in fall 2023.

Global politics are shaped by increasingly complex conditions of insecurity, which have prompted scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to reframe their perceptions and understandings of the concept of security, both in its theoretical and applied forms. While state-centric security concerns such as arms races, security dilemmas, and balance of power continue to feature on the international political landscape, professionals working within the private and public sectors also must identify, assess, and respond to other forms of insecurity, for example, related to conditions of economic deprivation and inequality, population displacements and movements, and environmental and health crises.

The advanced certificate in global security studies constitutes a four-course (12 credit) curriculum, comprising two required and two elective courses. Core courses are intended to cover the contemporary nature of global security, particularly from a human security approach. Elective courses are intended to provide students with a range of choices pertinent to their career paths and professional learning needs.

Successful applicants will meet admissions requirements, through a portfolio approach, including the following:

  • completed Bachelor's level degree (preferably in cognate disciplines to global security, but we also encourage applicants from other academic and professional backgrounds);
  • completed application;
  • current resume/CV;
  • statement of interest;
  • official transcript confirming undergraduate degree completion with a minimum 3.0 or higher GPA;
  • two (2) letters of recommendation; and
  • for international applicants whose native language is not English, demonstrated English-language proficiency

GRE results are recommended, but optional.

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
Select two courses. 16
Elective Courses
Select two courses. 16
Total Credits12

See lists below for courses fulfilling each requirement.

Core Courses

Courses in this group have the GSSC attribute. 

Course Title Credits
ECON 6490Foreign Aid and Development3
HUST 5200Protection for Vulnerable Populations3
POSC 5500Comparative Pol Analysis3
POSC 5600Analysis of Int'l Pol3

Elective Courses

Courses in this group have the GSSE attribute.

Course Title Credits
CISC 6860Cybersecurity: Technology, Policy, and Law3
ECON 6480Environmental and Resource Economics3
HUST 5205Children in Armed Conflict3
POSC 5560Conflict Resolution3
POSC 6530Political Economy of Development3
POSC 6640Pol of Global Econ Rel3