The International Security Studies program exposes future decision makers and analysts to security challenges faced by the United States and the global community. We designed the program for both military and civilian personnel seeking careers across a wide range of security-related fields, including intelligence, foreign policy analysis, foreign service, and military careers. The program is also useful for those seeking a career in government, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations with interests in international affairs.
As contemporary security goes beyond military capacity and force, our courses cover a wide variety of topics, including armed conflict, terrorism, foreign policy, and the environment, as well as a number of regions around the globe, including Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, Latin America, and the United States.
The ISS program is fully online, and all courses are 8-weeks long to accommodate students working full-time or part-time while engaging with the ISS program. The Certificate program is available for those seeking to gain knowledge of international security, but who do not wish to pursue a full graduate degree.
For more information, please visit our website at https://iss.sbs.arizona.edu/
The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – Political Science and Public Administration and Policy - and 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 students for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.
We require a 2.75 GPA, online application, statement of purpose, transcripts, and a resume. No GRE or letters of recommendation are required.
No standardized tests are required for the department, however the Graduate College requires proof of English proficiency for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language. Please see the Graduate College for more.
The ISS Certificate program is not eligible for federal financial aid. Please contact the Veterans Office for further information about using the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance for the certificate.
The certificat program requires 12 graduate credit hours, which is equivalent to 4 courses. All courses are electives; there are no required courses or concentrations.
All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
If a student is interested in pursuing the MA after completing the certificate, up to 4 courses taken as a certificate program will transfer over to the MA.