Nonproliferation Studies Certificate
Study with experts to gain professional training in the control, reduction, and elimination of weapons of mass destruction—including nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons.
The Nonproliferation Studies Certificate program includes courses, seminars, and workshops taught by faculty from the Institute’s Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program and experts at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
The Institute’s Nonproliferation Studies Certificate requires a total of 20 credits and may be completed in one year or less in residence at the Institute. Students currently enrolled in an Institute degree program can apply to the certificate program and must complete the credits in addition to their degree requirements.
Nondegree students can apply to the stand-alone certificate program. Individuals interested in the stand-alone certificate should have a recent undergraduate or advanced degree in international relations, science, engineering, law, or related fields. Those with prior professional work experience and/or select course work in nonproliferation, terrorism studies, international security, or related fields may also apply.
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
The Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis. CNS is recognized internationally as the leading nongovernmental organization dedicated exclusively to graduate education and research in nonproliferation. In addition to teaching and research, CNS staff participate actively in international negotiations and prepare students for nonproliferation careers through on-the-job training and interaction with visiting scholars and specialists from other countries. Certificate students are eligible to work as research assistants on a wide variety of CNS projects, including nonproliferation databases, in-depth studies of WMD programs and the international nonproliferation regime, and timely analyses of events and issues in WMD proliferation and control.
Study In Person and/or Online
Your courses are available in person and online. Please note that many of your online courses will be live (synchronous) so you will have to keep time zones in mind. The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both formats so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.
The certificate consists of 20 credits. An average grade of B or higher is required.
All students earning the Nonproliferation Studies Certificate must complete the following:
Introduction to WMD Nonproliferation
WMD Science and Technology
Optional courses and workshops
Students must complete at least 12 credits of advanced courses and/or workshops. Sample courses and workshops:
International Security Research and Analysis
- Open Source Tools for Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
Workshop: Nuclear/Radioactive Materials and Weapons
Security and Arms Control in Northeast Asia
Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Simulation
Workshop: Missiles and Missile Defense
Israel and the Bomb
Strategic Trade Controls and Nonproliferation
Deterring and Influencing Terrorism and WMD
Morality and Contemporary Security
Security and WMD in the Middle East
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism
Nuclear Weapons in South Asia
Biological and Chemical Weapons and Arms Control
Proliferation and Intelligence
If you take 12–16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the full-time rate.
If you take 11 or fewer credits in a semester, you will be charged at the per credit rate:
Visit our tuition page for details of each rate.
How to Apply
If you are interested in the certificate, visit the how to apply page for the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies but please note that the following are not required for applicants to the certificate program:
- Admissions interview
- Second language proficiency
- Current students should contact Dr. Jeff Knopf.
- Prospective students: contact your enrollment advisor.