Graduate Certificates

The Penn State School of International Affairs offers a range of graduate education programs to produce rewarding career paths in the global arena. Our four graduate certificates offer working professionals, students, and those interested in advancing their knowledge of international issues a flexible program that can be easily completed in less than one year.

Our graduate certificates offer essential foundations to the field of international affairs.

Our certificate programs specialize in providing a global perspective and preparing leaders in a range of careers. In addition, these certificates broaden the perspectives and global knowledge of students working in a range of careers outside of global affairs.

Students pursuing a graduate certificate in the School of International Affairs can expect to gain:

  • understanding of the major factors that form the foundations of international affairs through coursework on economic development, globalization, and international diplomacy and law,
  • a unique balance of academic study, hands-on training, and professional development to match the rapidly evolving global job market, and
  • experience working with a faculty that contains decades of experience as former ambassadors, senior government advisers, higher education leaders, senior officials of international organizations, and foreign policy experts.