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Security Studies

Graduate Certificate (Online and On-Campus)


Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Residential/On Campus, Online Courses for Virtual Option  

Program Overview

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. This graduate certificate program in Security Studies is designed for non-degree-seeking students and graduate students at Virginia Tech who wish to demonstrate special competence in Security Studies. 


Domestic (Blacksburg Campus Only) Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer I: May 1
  • Summer II: June 1
  • Fall:  August 1

International (Blacksburg Campus) Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer I: January 1
  • Summer II: February  1
  • Fall: April 1

Domestic and International (Online/Virtual Campus Only) Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer I: May 1
  • Summer II: June 1
  • Fall:  August 1

Andrew J. Scerri, Director of Graduate Studies
515 Major Williams Hall

Karen Nicholson, Graduate Programs Coordinator
531 Major Williams Hall

Our Students

Why choose this program?

  • The department's relatively small scale provides excellent opportunities for close student-faculty interaction in both the residential and online programs of study. 
  • Our Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center for residential students.
  • Participants in online program complete their course work over the Internet through asynchronously conducted online graduate courses.
  • Department faculty is drawn from outstanding universities around the United States and around the world, and the department has strong expertise in all major sub-fields of political science. 
  • As active research scholars, members of the faculty regularly review research grants for major granting bodies in the U.S. and abroad, and serve as editors or on editorial boards of major peer-reviewed journals, including Administration & Society; Capitalism, Nature, Socialism; Critical Policy Studies; Congress and the Presidency; Fast Capitalism; International Political Sociology; the minnesota review; New Political Science; Peace Studies Journal; Presidential Studies Quarterly; Rhetoric & Public Affairs; and Telos.

What You'll Study

Completion of a total of twelve credit hours; 6 credits in required courses and 6 elective hours. Students must 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
  • PSCI 5524 - U.S. Foreign Policy after 9/11
  • PSCI 5534 - Regionalism and Political Development

Faculty Experts In Political Science

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