Security Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Campuses: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

                       Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Online Courses for Virtual Option

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.

12 Credits Hours

Online or On Campus

30 Faculty Members

100% faculty commitment

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.

Who Is Eligible?

Students pursuing graduate degrees at Virginia Tech who wish to demonstrate a competency in security studies 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; 6 credits in required courses and 6 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 5444 - International Politics

PSCI 5484 - American Foreign Policy

In addition, students must complete at least 6 credit hours from the following:

PSCI 5324 - Executive Branch

PSCI 5464 - Critical Security Studies

PSCI 5474 - Global Governance

PSCI 5514 - Global Security

Related Links

Students interested in applying to the Security Studies (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