Certificate Example

ACDIS Undergraduate Certificate in Global Security: Online Application

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Approved full-list of courses:

Undergraduate Certificate in global security

Approved Courses for Spring 2024:

Spring 2024 ACDIS Certificate Course List

Retired Courses

The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to offer a Certificate in Global Security for undergraduate students. The purpose of the certificate is to:

  • To provide students with a coherent framework for developing foundational knowledge within the multi-disciplinary field of global security studies;
  • To complement studies by students in their existing major(s);
  • To inform students about opportunities for internships and professional careers in the private and public sectors concerned with national and global security.

Students who complete the certificate will be prepared to use their knowledge and skills in government, the private sector, NGOs, and academia, and in fields such as international relations, diplomacy, politics, business, law, health, finance, and media.

This certificate will provide students with an important credential to present to prospective employers. Although current university rules preclude citation of the Certificate on their official transcripts, students can add this credential to their résumés. ACDIS will provide a printed document certifying completion of the certificate requirements once students graduate from the University of Illinois.

ACDIS Scholarship Eligibility
Students participating in the ACDIS certificate program will also be eligible for scholarship opportunities from ACDIS to support internships and research in the United States and abroad with a national and global security focus.

Certificate Completion Requirements
For students who apply for the certificate after January 19, 2016:

  • Students must complete 15 credit hours in courses in global security from the Certificate – Full Course List PDF ). 
  • Students must complete GLBL/NPRE 483 Seminar in Security (1 credit) as the required core class for the certificate. GLBL/NPRE 483 may count as either a social science/humanities course or a natural/science/engineering/technology course.
  • Of the 15 credits, 6 credits must come from social science/humanities courses and 6 credits must come from natural science/engineering/technology courses. The remaining credits may come from any course or courses on the approved ACDIS Certificate Course List
  • All courses to be applied to the Certificate must be taken for full credit; they cannot be taken pass/fail or audited. Certificate courses may also be applied to majors.

Completion and Graduation
Students will provide the following to ACDIS:

  • An official transcript (not a copy) from the Office of the Registrar, either paper or digital. A letter will be sent to the student showing the ACDIS address and contact for the transcript.
  • A current address for certificate recipient.

Students have 90 days after the final transcript is available to submit it to ACDIS. 

Students must meet with the ACDIS Director or Associate Director, or an advisor identified by the ACDIS office, to verify completion of the certificate.

Register for the Certificate in Global Security
Students must be in good standing and currently enrolled at the University of Illinois in order to register for the program. Students must meet with the ACDIS Director or Associate Director for an advising appointment to apply. Applications must be made prior to the completion of the required coursework.

Please contact ACDIS to schedule an appointment:

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