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Requirements | Certificates | Washington DC

Complete a series of four courses and earn a graduate certificate designed to serve as an important credential for students and professionals seeking to expand on a chosen area of interest without having to pursue a full master’s degree.

Certificates are eligible for financial aid and may be completed part-time over multiple semesters or full-time in a fall or spring semester. International applicants to the full-time certificate may qualify for an F-1 student visa.



International Development

  • Comparative Politics
  • Three (3) electives offered by or cross-listed with the International Development or Development, Climate, and Sustainability departments

International Economics

  • International Economics I
  • International Economics II
  • Two (2) electives offered within the International Economics & Finance curriculum

International Studies

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Three (3) electives from any area of study in the course catalog (excluding language courses)

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Waiver Exams

If a student has completed any of the required courses at an accredited institution and received a grade of B- or better, he/she may take a waiver exam and then select an alternate course from their area of study at the school.


In order to complete the International Economics 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.