Advanced Certificate in International Affairs

Advanced Certificates
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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.

Advising

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Schedule an Appointment

Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and at our Danforth Campus location from 2-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Elizabeth Fogt
Elizabeth Fogt
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-6778
Meet with Elizabeth

required course work

Required Courses: 15 units

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.

admissions requirements

U.S. Citizenship

University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for any certificate program. International students are eligible to apply for a certificate program 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.

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

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. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to ucollege@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

Personal Essay

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?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

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.

Three Letters of Recommendation

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.

Writing Sample

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.

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Still have questions?

Program Coordinator: Andrew Sobel | (314) 935-5845 | sobel@wustl.edu

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 | efogt@wustl.edu