Critical Issues in International Relations

Critical Issues in International Relations

 

The Certification of Professional Achievement in Critical Issues in International Relations, offered by the School of Professional Studies and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, provides an understanding of the basic analytical issues, theoretical approaches, history, and policy debates in international relations.

The certification is ideal for those who are looking to improve competence in international relations, whether they are recent college graduates who seek graduate preparation in the field, or experienced professionals looking for career enhancement or personal enrichment. Advanced undergraduates with strong academic records and a foundation in political science and international studies are also eligible to apply. See eligibility requirements below.

Curriculum

Students wishing to complete a certification must take the following courses:

For detailed course descriptions, please visit the courses page.

The four required courses may be taken in one summer or divided between two. Students are required to maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). Every course creditable toward the certification must be taken for a letter grade. Courses with a grade below a C will not count toward the completion of the certification.

Eligibility Requirements

This certification program is offered at the graduate level. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply if they are rising juniors or seniors and have strong academic records and a foundation in political science and/or international studies.

Current Columbia students are not eligible to earn the certification while enrolled in a degree program; however, they are eligible to take the individual courses for credit.

How to Apply
Visiting Students Students currently enrolled at another institution. See Details >
Adults & Professionals Bachelor’s or advanced degree holders not enrolled at another institution. See Details >

Contact the Department

Summer Advisor

internationalrelations [at] sps.columbia.edu
Other Program Contacts

Application Document Submission and Application Processing Questions
212-854-9666
apply@sps.columbia.edu

Mailing Address and Campus Location

Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
212-854-9666
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.