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.


The certificate consists of 20 credits. An average grade of B or higher is required.

Required courses

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

  • Workshop: Nuclear/Radioactive Materials and Weapons

  • Security and Arms Control in East Asia

  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Simulation

  • Workshop: Tabletop Exercise Design and Operations

  • Workshop: Geospatial Tools for Nonproliferation Analysis

  • Workshop: Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons

  • Workshop: Pakistan and the Bomb

  • Workshop: Missiles and Missile Defense

  • Nonproliferation Law and Policy

  • Israel and the Bomb

  • Evolution of Chinese Nuclear Policy

  • Strategic Trade Controls and Nonproliferation

  • Deterring and Influencing Terrorism and WMD

  • Morality and Contemporary Security

  • Nuclear Trafficking

  • Security and WMD in the Middle East

  • Nuclear Forensics

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism

  • Verifying Nuclear Disarmament

  • South Asia and Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Biological and Chemical Weapons and Arms Control

  • Proliferation and Intelligence


  • If you take 12–16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the comprehensive fee, which is $21,317 per semester for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • If you take 11 or fewer credits in a semester, you will be charged at the per credit rate, which is $1,777 for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • If you take more than 16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the comprehensive fee and an additional $1,777 for each credit over 16 that you take.


Current students should contact Dr. Jeff Knopf.

Prospective students should contact your enrollment advisor with questions and submit your online application.