Information, Policy, and Society (Graduate Certificate)

Campuses: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Online Courses for Virtual Option

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.

12 Credits Hours

Online or On Campus

30 Faculty Members

100% faculty commitment

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.

Who Is Eligible?

Students pursuing graduate degrees at Virginia Tech who wish to demonstrate a competency in information, policy, and society without undertaking an entire degree can add this certificate to their transcript. Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School are also eligible. Non-degree seeking students can pursue this certificate to develop a professional competency relevant to their chosen careers. Both degree and non-degree seeking students complete this certificate by studying on campus or through on-line courses.

What Will I Study?

Requirements: Completion of a total of twelve credit hours; 9 credits in required courses and 3 elective hours. Receive a grade of B or better in each course. (Note: Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B.)

Required courses:

PSCI 5214 - Contemporary Political Theory

PSCI 5374 - Electronic Governance

PSCI 5554 - Culture, Politics & Society in Network Environments

In addition, students must complete at least 3 credit hours from the following:

PSCI 5354 - Public Policy Analysis

PSCI 5454 - Advanced Topics in Information Technology and Policy

Students interested in applying to the Information, Policy, and Society (Graduate Certificate) should contact the program director, Scott Nelson, by email at scnelson@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-5629.

Visit our office at 519 major Williams Hall, 220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

*Deadlines for non-degree students

Domestic Application

Spring: January 1

Summer I: May 1

Summer II: June 1

Fall:  August 1

International Application

Spring: September 1

Summer I: January 1

Summer II: February  1

Fall: April 1

CONTACT US

Scott Nelson
Director of Graduate Studies
519 Major Williams Hall
540-231-5629
scnelson@vt.edu

Karen Nicholson
Graduate Programs Coordinator
531 Major Williams Hall
540-231-6572
karenn@vt.edu

Department of Political Science
531 Major Williams Hall (0130)
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6571