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The certificate program is designed for professionals in the field seeking career advancement, those who aspire to enter the field, individuals in related professions, and those retired from the military and government seeking consulting and other positions. Examples of potential students include personnel in the military, federal, state and local governments, law enforcement, corporations, and academia, as well as recent college graduates. For students with a graduate degree or pursuing a graduate degree in another field, this would be a valuable complement to their existing program. The program focuses on building the critical analytical skills graduates need to succeed professionally in the field of national security affairs. The ability to critically analyze intelligence information, historical and contemporary issues informing the field, and to perform textual analyses, defines the program core’s most important learning outcomes. The Graduate Certificate in National Security Affairs and International Relations is a 15 credit hour program. Students will complete any five of the six core courses in the M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations. Students who are in good standing in the NSAIR certificate program may speak with the department about the MS program. The program is designed to be completed entirely online; however, there are few of the courses that maybe offered in the residential format and students may select those sections as appropriate.

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