Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Certificates are designed to help students and professionals gain academic credentials without pursuing a full degree as they advance their careers.

Certificate in International Studies
Certificate in International Development
Certificate in International Economics
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The school offers three graduate certificates for students and professionals seeking to gain academic credentials without pursuing a degree. The certificates can serve as an important professional credential for those working in an increasingly complex global environment. Areas of study include:

Each certificate requires a series of four graduate-level courses. Students will need at least two terms to complete a certificate. Courses may be taken during the Fall, Spring or Summer term.

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The following certificate information includes program-related disclosures provided pursuant to federal regulations issued by the United States Department of Education required for title IV eligible certificate programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Certificate in International Studies, Certificate in International Development and Certificate in International Economics.

Certificate in International Studies

The Certificate in International Studies offers a broad overview of international relations and allows for a concentration in a series of related courses for those students wishing to specialize. It also offers general training for those wishing to achieve a wider appreciation for international politics. The certificate is offered to non-degree students who successfully complete a series of four courses taken from any of the non-language academic programs.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Theories of International Relations course
  • Any 3 courses from the SAIS catalog (excluding Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and language courses).

Certificate in International Development

The Certificate in International Development incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to the study of developing countries. It offers an opportunity to conceptualize development problems through social, political, economic and environmental aspects of development. This certificate is offered to non-degree students who successfully complete a series of four courses within the International Development curriculum.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Economic Development.
  • 2 electives offered by, or cross-listed with the International Development program

Certificate in International Economics

The Certificate in International Economics allows students to research the flow of capital, labor, investment and trade among nations, while obtaining the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for economic forecasting. This certificate is offered to non-degree students who successfully complete a series of four courses within the International Economics curriculum.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Trade Theory
  • International Monetary Theory

Pre-requisites: in order to complete this certificate, students must have previously taken Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics with a grade of B- or better. Students may also complete the Online Principles of Economics course offered by the school in order to fulfill this requirement.

Students with prior equivalent coursework in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international trade, international monetary theory, or statistics may have the option to take waiver examinations in any of these subjects in order to facilitate the attainment of the Certificate of International Economics. If a student has completed any of the required 4 courses from at an accredited institution and received a grade of B- or better, they may take a waiver exam and then select an alternate course from the broader economics curriculum at the school. More information on waiver exams can be found here.

Admitted certificate candidates must schedule an appointment to meet with an adviser by calling 202.663.5716. Students are not considered officially enrolled in pursuit of a certificate until they have met with an adviser and submitted the Certificate Plan of Action Form. Degree-program students and alumni are not eligible to pursue either certificate. Accepted, incoming degree students will not receive a certificate if the required course work was completed after they were accepted as a degree candidate.

Grading Policies
A "C" is the lowest passing grade at the school. A "D" is a failing grade. Please be aware that courses with a failing grade of “D” or "F" do not count toward either certificate.  If a non-degree student receives a failing grade, he or she is not eligible to take additional coursework. Students may choose to appeal this decision to the Office of Summer Programs and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who will make the final determination. At that time, the student may be required to pay full tuition and take the course again or may be dismissed from taking any additional courses.

Audited courses may not be applied toward a certificate. In addition, the courses Macroeconomics and Microeconomics do not count toward the Certificate in International Studies or Certificate in International Development.

Please be aware that admission to Non-degree Programs is entirely independent from degree-program admission and in no way implies acceptance to any of the degree programs. We are also unable to provide career services support to non-degree students. We encourage you to contact the Office of Non-degree Programs if you have any further questions.

To contact us, please email sais.nondegree@jhu.edu or call 202.663.5671. 

The Johns Hopkins University
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Office of Non-Degree Programs, Room 403
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Certificate students who are US citizens or eligible noncitizens may receive federal student financial aid. Students will need to apply for the FAFSA and meet the following criteria:

  • Students must have an enrollment status of at least "Half-time".
    • For fall & spring terms this equals eight credits.
    • For summer term this equals four credits.