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. Any INTA course may apply to the CAIA program. ONE approved CHLS course can substitute towards completion of the CAIA program.

Select four INTA courses, OR three INTA courses and one PSAA Homeland Security course.12
INTA courses may include:
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
Principles of International Law
Deterrence and Coercion
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
Transnational Security Issues
Interstate War: Theory and History Implications for the 21st Century
Political Violence and Terrorism within the International System
Law of War
Approved Homeland Security Courses (CHLS): (up to one course or 3 schedule credit hours.)
Cyber Security for Managers
Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
Weapons of Mass Destruction
U.S. Border Security: Policies, Strategies and Issues
Domestic Intelligence Operations: Legalities, Policies, and Procedures
Terrorism in Today’s World
U.S. Law and Homeland Security
Total Semester Credit Hours12