Advanced Certificate in International Affairs
Breathtaking changes in political, economic and social relations have taken place over the past several centuries. Living and working in a rapidly changing global environment presents great opportunities to advance the human condition, promote growth and development, create political liberties, recast bargains between governments and their societies, transform social welfare, and advance the boundaries of knowledge and scientific exploration.
Yet, the same context presents great risks as people fear loss of identity, worry about economic subordination and loss to those beyond their borders, encounter environmental degradation, and confront potential decline in personal and social autonomy. Our heightened economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental interdependence generate serious challenges in areas such as social justice, health, security, development, human rights, social welfare, inequality, diversity, and technology. The challenges create the possibility of conflict, but also for cooperation and compromise.
Online & In-Class Formats Available
This certificate is available as a fully online or in-classroom certificate. Learn more about our online learning options.
Non-Degree Study Option*
Qualified students with University College authorization may take up to six units of International Affairs graduate-level course work on a non-degree basis. To do so, complete the "Graduate Student-At-Large" application located on our Apply page.
*International students are only eligible to apply for non-degree study as a Graduate Student-At-Large if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational. International students holding F1 visas are not eligible to apply for the “Graduate Student-At-Large” program or any of our advanced certificate programs at this time.
required course work
Students must choose courses from the International Affairs curriculum. All courses must be on the 400 (graduate) level or above. With approval, up to six units of electives from a related area may apply.
International students are not eligible to apply for this program at this time.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.
Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.
You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
This fee is waived for all WashU staff.
Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. They can be submitted as part of your online application or mailed to University College.
Please submit a relevant and recent academic writing sample, preferably one that is research-based. Alternatively, please submit an original essay in which you analyze a current international issue or problem.