United Nations Studies

United Nations Studies

Certification of Professional Achievement in United Nations Studies

The Certification of Professional Achievement in United Nations Studies, offered by Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and School of Professional Studies, conveys the basic analytical issues, theoretical approaches, history, and policy debates in international relations and the UN.

Program faculty all teach in degree programs at SIPA in addition to holding high-level posts in agencies including the UNDP and the UN Security Council.

The certification is ideal for those who are looking to increase their understanding of the history, inner workings, and challenges associated with the UN’s role in the world today, 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:

  • INAF S6569. The UN and Development
  • INAF S6554. The United Nations and the Challenges of Peace Building
  • INAF S6559. The UN and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security
  • One elective International Affairs course

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.

Apply

To apply, follow the Summer Sessions application instructions for your admissions category:

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Contact the Department

General Information, Admissions Questions, and Advising

unstudies [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.