Summer Courses

Below are some frequently asked questions about the program.

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Who would be an ideal candidate for this program?

The United Nations certification is well suited for those who are looking to improve competence in United Nations Studies, either for current work and career advancement or as development towards a prospective career path, who are interested in the following conceptual skills: understanding the basic analytical issues, theoretical approaches, history, and policy debates in international relations and the UN.

When does the summer 2018 Session begin? (What are the dates?)

Our 2018 summer session will run from May 21–June 29, and our second session from July 2–August 10.

What are the required courses for this certificate?

The program has 4 classes in the curriculum and two classes are offered in session 1 and the other two in session 2.

Students pursuing the program must complete the following 4 courses:

  1. The UN and Development
  2. The United Nations and the Challenges of Peace Building
  3. The UN and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security
  4. One elective International Affairs course

When do classes typically meet?

Classes typically run 3 hours and 10 minutes in length and meet twice a week between 2:00–5:10 p.m.

What happens if I am unable to take courses during both summer sessions?


If you start this summer in session 2, then you will have to come back next summer to complete the program either in session 1 or 2 depending on when the remaining classes are offered. The deadline to apply for both summer sessions was April 1. Since you are an international student, you will now be considered for the second session only with the understanding that you have to come back next year to complete the program.


When will applicants receive an Admissions decision?

Decision notifications are sent via email. Admission decisions are typically communicated 5–7 business days after an application is complete.