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Nuclear Deterrence Graduate Certificate

Gain understanding of the history and contemporary issues related to nuclear deterrence, security, nonproliferation, and arms control.

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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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Certificate Courses

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.

Search for Courses

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

Upcoming Term: Summer 2024

Summer course registration is open through June 20. Learn more about how to register

Fall 2024 courses and registration details will be live in June.

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