This program is designed for military and civilian personnel seeking careers in intelligence, foreign policy analysis and foreign service. It is also intended, however, for people who seek a career in government, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations with interests in international affairs.
The International Security Studies Certificate consists of 4 courses or 12 credit hours. Courses are drawn from a variety of topics such as Conflict in the Middle East, Climate Change, Foreign Policy of Russia, American Foreign Policy, American National Security, International Security, Global Political Economy, European Security, and Terrorism and Terrorist Networks, Energy Security, and Japanese and Chinese Nationalism. Students who register for the ISS certificate take the same courses as students who are enrolled in the MA program. Moreover, all courses taken through the ISS certificate program will count towards the MA degree. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 are encouraged to apply for the Certificate first.
All courses are taught by regular UA faculty members. However, none of these courses are available on campus and all of them have been designed specifically for the Certificate program and MA degree in International Security Studies. Each course is six to eight weeks long. Students can sign up for three courses at once. Students are not allowed to register for four courses in one semester.