While satisfying requirements for the MSFS degree, students may use elective courses to complete a graduate-level certificate in any of the following areas: 

Certificate in African Studies

  • The Certificate requires five courses (15 credits), plus language proficiency. One of the five courses must be the required Gateway Course, Theory and Policy in Africa, taught annually in the Spring Semester. The other four required courses are Electives, which students will choose in consultation with the Certificate program director. 

Certificate in Arab Studies

  • The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) offers a graduate level Certificate in Arab Studies. The requirements for this certificate include elective courses on general regional affairs or a particular discipline, such as history, government or sociology. Certificate candidates must also complete the Arabic language proficiency exam.

Certificate in Asian Studies

  • The Asian Studies Program offers a graduate certificate for MSFS students.  Requirements include a mandatory gateway course GOVT/INAF 668 Theory and Policy in Asia and four elective courses focusing on Asia in at least two areas of study: Government, History, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy or Culture/Society.  Candidates must also meet an Asian language requirement.

Certificate in Diplomatic Studies

  • Together with the ISD certificate director, certificate candidates will plan a directed, coherent course of study that includes one foundation course in the first year of their graduate work,  with a grade of A- or A, four electives, at least two of which are outside their degree concentration and one ISD-directed capstone in the second year of their graduate work. Certificate candidates must also do at least one internship with a governmental or international organization that deals directly in diplomatic practice and fulfill the language competency requirement.

Certificate in Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies

  • The Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum leading to the Certificate in Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies. Requirements include 15 credits of course work and evidence of proficiency in an appropriate language of the region.

The Karl F. Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy (IBD)

  • This certificate program trains leaders in international business, public policy and business-government relations. Courses for the Landegger Certificate focus on international banking and corporate finance, political risk analysis, business and investment negotiations, international strategic alliances and international e-commerce. Students in this program are also offered relevant career guidance and are encouraged to attend special IBD-sponsored programs and presentation.

Certificate in Latin American Studies

  • Earning the graduate certificate requires successful completion of five (5) graduate courses (a total of 15 credits).  Two (2) foundation courses are required, chosen from a set of four offerings:  Origins and Transformations (LASP-501), Culture and Power (LASP-502), States and Societies (LASP-503), and Political Economy (LASP-504).  Three (3) courses are electives.  Demonstration of proficiency in a language from the region (Spanish or Portuguese) is also a requirement for the graduate certificate.

Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies

  • MSFS students with a career interest in humanitarian issues including human rights, refugee crises and post-conflict resolution may take the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies offered through the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM).