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International Relations Graduate Certificate

Build an interdisciplinary understanding of the roles of sovereign nations, relationships among countries, and international organizations.

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    Online and On Campus Options

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What You'll Learn

  • An understanding of international conflict and cooperation.
  • Insight into various regional and international political institutions and systems and their impact on governance and diplomacy.
  • Deepened knowledge in focused topic areas, such as international political economy, foreign policy, human rights, and geopolitics.

Our Community at a Glance

Going back to school doesn’t have to mean putting your life on hold.

We’ve designed our certificates and degrees to give you the flexibility to pace your studies to fit your schedule.

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Certificate Courses

The liberal arts graduate certificate in International Relations requires four courses.

You may choose from the following course groups, using the certificate course search:

  • International Relations course (choose one course from this group)
  • Electives (choose any three courses from this group)

Search for Courses

You can browse courses by term — fall, spring, or summer — in the DCE Course Search & Registration platform.

Upcoming Term: Fall 2024

Fall course registration opens July 22 at 9 a.m. ET. Learn more about how to register

Earning Your Certificate

Most of our certificates can be completed online and no formal application process is required to pursue a certificate.

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Stack Your Certificate Into a Degree

Stackable credential pathways allow you to earn multiple credentials by completing courses that meet overlapping requirements. In the short term, you can earn your biomedical certificate. Once completed, those four courses can count toward either a master’s degree in government or a master’s degree in international relations.

This stackable pathway offers an efficient, cost-effective way to earn short-term credentials to help fill immediate skill gaps and acquire specialized knowledge while building a foundation for long-term success that showcases your expertise in the field.

Learn how to plan a stackable credential pathway.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $3,340 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $13,360