What You'll Learn
- Understanding of nuclear deterrence theory, the history of nuclear weapon development and proliferation, and the cold war’s impact on the arms race.
- Knowledge of the types and effects of the various types of delivery systems and nuclear arms, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
- Insight into past and current international relations’ frameworks, nuclear security policies in the US and other nation–states in the post-Cold War era, and the changing context of global conflict.
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The professional graduate certificate in Nuclear Deterrence requires four courses:
- History of the Cold War (required)
- Nuclear Weapons and International Security (required)
- Origins and Evolution of Deterrence Theory (required)
- International Security elective (choose one course from select group)
Recommended Course Path
We recommend completing the three required courses in the order listed above, when possible. Your elective course may be taken at any point in your certificate studies.
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Earning 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|