Graduate certificates can be awarded to non-degree seeking students, as well as to students who are working on graduate degrees. At least two thirds of the course work (5000-level or higher courses) for the certificate must be taken on the A/F grading option. Certificates must include a minimum of 9 credit hours of Virginia Tech graduate credits. No transfer credits are accepted toward graduate certificates. All grades must be "C" or higher and the overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher. The specific requirements for each certificate can be found on the Graduate School Certificate Page.

Certificate candidates must be admitted to the Graduate School and formally accepted to the certificate program. Applications can be found on the Graduate School website.

Upon successful completion of certificate requirements, an Application For Certificate Conferral must be signed by the department and submitted by the deadline in the term in which the certificate will be awarded. 

Environmental Politics and Policy

This certificate offers you the opportunity to explore topics like public ecology, industrial democracies, and politics of developing areas. The program requires 12 hours of graduate-level courses from an approved list. 

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Information, Policy, and Society

This certificate teaches you to critically assess cultural forces, the effects of information systems, and societal influence on politics. The program requires 12 hours of graduate-level courses from an approved list.

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Foundations of Political Analysis

This certificate prepares you to conduct high-quality research with a solid understanding of contemporary political theory. The program requires 12 hours of graduate-level courses from an approved list.

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Security Studies

This certificate examines topics like global governance, the executive branch, the evolution of political systems, and regionalism as they pertain to security. This program requires 12 hours of graduate-level courses from an approved list.

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