The School of Foreign Service offers a variety of graduate certificates that allow students to focus on a particular region or topic throughout their studies. These certificates are offered by departments and centers across the SFS and have their own requirements in addition to the requirements of the SSP degree.
Most SFS Graduate Certificates can be completed concurrently with the M.A. in Security Studies. Students work with the academic advising staff in both SSP and the department offering the certificate to map out their course plans to accommodate the requirements of a certificate program in conjunction with their SSP requirements.
For more information on the certificates listed below, click on the header for each certificate.
The African Studies certificate requires five courses (15 credits), plus language proficiency. One of the five courses must be the required gateway course, Theory and Policy in Africa, taught annually in the Spring Semester. The other four required courses are electives.
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) offers a graduate level Certificate in Arab Studies. The requirements for this certificate include elective courses on general regional affairs or a particular discipline, such as history, government or sociology. Certificate candidates must also complete the Arabic language proficiency exam.
The Asian Studies Program offers a graduate certificate for SSP students. Requirements include five elective courses focusing on Asia in at least two areas of study: Government, History, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, or Culture/Society. Candidates must also meet an Asian language requirement.
ISD certificate candidates complete a directed, coherent course of study that includes one foundation course in the first year of their graduate work, completed with a grade of A- or A; four electives, at least two of which are outside their degree concentration; and one ISD-directed capstone in their final semester. Certificate candidates must also do at least one internship with a governmental or international organization that deals directly in diplomatic practice and fulfill the language competency requirement.
The Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum leading to the Certificate in Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies. Requirements include 15 credits of course work and evidence of proficiency in an appropriate language of the region.
The graduate Certificate in Global Human Development (GHD) has been designed in response to widespread interest Georgetown graduate students with the recognition that in our increasingly interconnected world, addressing the concerns of the world’s poor is of paramount importance not only to poor nations themselves, but also to successful outcomes in global economic stability and growth, diplomacy, and security. Requirements include six approved courses (18 credits), including a gateway course, a development economics course, and four electives from an approved course list. The certificate does not have a language proficiency requirement.
This certificate program trains leaders in international business, public policy and business-government relations. Courses for the Landegger Certificate focus on international banking and corporate finance, political risk analysis, business and investment negotiations, international strategic alliances and international e-commerce. Students in this program are also offered relevant career guidance and are encouraged to attend special IBD-sponsored programs and presentations.
The Certificate in Latin American Studies requires successful completion of five graduate courses (15 credits). Two foundation courses are required, chosen from a set of four offerings: Origins and Transformations (LASP-501), Culture and Power (LASP-502), States and Societies (LASP-503), and Political Economy (LASP-504). The remaining three courses are electives. Demonstration of proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is also a requirement for this certificate.
Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies
SSP students with a career interest in humanitarian issues including human rights, refugee crises and post-conflict resolution may take the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies offered through the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM). Requirements include one gateway course (Introduction to Humanitarian Crises) and five additional courses.