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International Relations Graduate Certificate

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

Deepen your knowledge of today’s global complexity and interconnectedness to help advance a career in government, an NGO, an international organization, a multinational corporation, trade, or journalism.

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.

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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.

Earning Your 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.


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

Our Tuition (2023–24 rate) $3,220 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $12,880