Advanced International Affairs - Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs is a multidisciplinary series of graduate courses for people whose careers or personal interest cause them to seek a more complete understanding of world affairs, but who may not have the time or need for a longer, residential graduate degree. These courses are taught by highly experienced faculty with practical experience as well as an academic background. A student admitted to the certificate program completes 12 credit hours of study typically involving four graduate-level courses available online or in residence. Some residential courses may not be available due to enrollment ceilings. The courses from which a student selects include intelligence, national security, diplomacy, foreign policy, international law, Middle-Eastern studies, political violence, and other international affairs-related courses.

An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and must meet certain other qualifications to be admitted to the certificate program. Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at Texas A&M may take individual courses. However, the student must be admitted to the certificate program and meet certificate completion requirements to earn the certificate.

An individual who successfully completes the certificate program will be awarded a certificate by Texas A&M University and the Bush School. Grades for courses taken as part of this program will appear on the official transcript, together with notation that the certificate has been achieved.

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Graduate Certificate Advanced International Affairs (CAIA)

Students must complete 12 credit hours of Bush School International Affairs courses with an overall grade point of 3.0 or higher. Students must apply for completion and have an approved certificate degree audit in order to earn the certificate. 

Students must choose a total of four courses.

Select four from the following: 112
American Diplomacy
Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
American Foreign Policy Since World War II
International Politics in Theory and Practice
Fundamentals of the Global Economy
International Law and its Application to Human Rights, Use of Force and U.S. Law
Authoritarianism and Political Elites in the Arab World
U.S. Law and Homeland Security
Diplomatic Negotiations: A U.S. Embassy Perspective
Democratization as Foreign Policy
Economic Development in China
Deterrence and Coercion
Government and Homeland Security
International Security
Chinese Foreign Policy
Chinese Strategic Thought
Grand Strategy
International Trade Policy Analysis
Balance of Payments in Theory and Policy
Foundations of Strategy and Statecraft
Multinational Enterprises
International Economic Development
U.S. Military Power
Advanced Economic Development
Politics and Development Policies
Great Famines, War and Humanitarian Assistance
International Development in Theory and Practice
Field Research Methods
Political Economy of Development in Africa
Homeland Security and Emergency Management
The Politics and Practice of the Democracy Promotion
Women and Nations
Foreign Policy Analysis
State Building and State Failure in the Developing World
Contemporary Civil Wars
National Security Law
National Security Policy
The Role of Intelligence in Security Affairs
Technical Collections Systems for International Security
Military Strategy in the Conduct of Nations
Nationalism, Immigration and Terrorism in the European Union
Terrorism in Today’s World
Congress and International Security
Transnational Security Issues
NATO from Military Alliance to Collective Security
Intelligence Threats to National Security in the Modern Era
International Transfer Pricing
The Middle East State System
International Crisis Management: The Policy Process
The Politics and History of the Arab Spring
Nuclear Terrorism Threat Assessment and Analysis
The Political Economy of the Middle East
East Asian Security
Chinese Domestic Politics in Transition
U.S. Foreign Policy in the Persian Gulf
Religion and Politics in Iran
International Politics of the Middle East
Islam in International Politics
Interstate War: Theory and History Implications for the 21st Century
Political Violence and Terrorism within the International System
Law of War
Directed Studies
Russia and International Politics
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Total Semester Credit Hours12