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.
The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – political science and public administration and policy - bringing them under a single roof. Located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a new model for public affairs education by promoting high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.
By offering leading programs in political science, international relations, public policy, and public management, SGPP prepares men and women for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Admission for this program is similar to the ISS master's; the online application, statement of purpose, resume, and transcripts. The ISS Certificate requires a 2.75 GPA based on cumulative GPA or the last 60 units of work.
No standardized tests are required for the department, however the Graduate College requires either a TOEFL or IELTS for international students who have not completed a degree at a U.S. institution.
The ISS Certificate program is NOT eligible for federal financial aid. However it is accepted for several different military programs. Please contact the Veterans Office for further details.
The International Security program is completely online. Any four courses from the ISS program will count towards the certificate. Cumulative GPA must be 3.0 at all times. Courses completed as part of the certificate program can be counted towards the ISS master's program. Both degrees can be concurrent and awarded separately.