International Affairs Graduate Certificate

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How the world interacts

Plan to work internationally in your career? This certificate gets you ready to traverse the global arena.

Explore the key political and economic issues found in different world regions.

Possible career paths

With a background in international affairs, you can work in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. You can pursue careers in areas like:

  • Business
  • Government/Public administration
  • Journalism
  • National security
  • Nonprofit management
  • Public health

Certificate in International Affairs

Gabriel Ondetti, Program Director
Strong Hall 320, 417-836-5733

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in International Affairs exposes students to major theories and debates in the field and allows them to explore the key political issues facing particular world regions. It is designed for students and community members who are pursuing careers in professional areas impacted by international affairs, including business, journalism, national security, non-profit management, public administration, and public health.

Admission criteria

Admission requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent on a different scale). Alternatively, applicants may have completed at least nine credit hours of a graduate program at Missouri State with a GPA of at least 3.0.

Required courses - 9 hours total

Student must complete at least one course (3 hrs) from the list below:
Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 725 International Security 3 hrs
PLS 705 Semiar in Comparative Politics 3 hrs
PLS 721 International Political Economy 3 hrs
PLS 732 International Relations in Theory and Practice 3 hrs
PLS 737 Seminar in International Organizations 3 hrs
Student must complete an additional two courses (6 hrs) from either the list above or the list below:
Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
PLS 630 Nonstate Actors in International Politics 3 hrs
PLS 639  Playing Games with the World 3 hrs
PLS 644 Government and Politics of the Middle East 3 hrs
PLS 645 Asian Politics 3 hrs
PLS 646 Political Violence and Terrorism 3 hrs
PLS 648 Latin American Politics 3 hrs
PLS 649 Nationalisms and Islamisms of the Middle East 3 hrs
PLS 650 Modern African Politics 3 hrs
PLS 669 Foreign Policies of the Middle Eastern States 3 hrs

Completion requirements

To complete the certificate, student must have a GPA of 3.0 on their certificate courses. In addition, no course with a grade below C will be counted toward the certificate.

Apply online

Apply to this program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.

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