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This graduate certificate program allows students to gain exposure to the diverse field of global studies and issues facing the international community of today. Overall, the program curriculum focuses on the themes of transition and development in the global world. Lectures, tests, and assignments are delivered and executed entirely online. This format not only allows for heightened flexibility and interaction, but also participation from a truly international assortment of students.
- Online program provides flexibility and heightened interaction for working professionals and international students learning remotely
- Option to choose regional area on which to focus specialized attention
- Courses from this certificate may be applied toward the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations
Experiential / Co-op opportunities
Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.
This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.
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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resumé
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; (official transcripts required at the time of admission)
- English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.
Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.
Cost and Tuition
Estimated Total Tuition
This is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2019 - 20 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
|July 13, 2020||International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 14, 2020)|
|August 10, 2020||International in-country application complete (start date: September 14, 2020)|
|September 4, 2020||Domestic application complete (first half start: September 14, 2020)|
|October 16, 2020||Domestic application complete (second half start: October 26, 2020)|
|November 2, 2020||International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 11, 2021)|
|December 7, 2020||International in-country application complete (start date: January 11, 2021)|
|January 1, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: January 11, 2021)|
|February 12, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)|
|February 8, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)|
|March 8, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)|
|April 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)|
|May 14, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)|
|May 10, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|June 7, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|July 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
Student Body Profile
Below is a look at where our Political Science and Security alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Fidelity Investments
- State Street
- US Army
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
What They Do
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
What They're Skilled At
- Public Speaking
- Microsoft Office
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.
Career Opportunities and Services
This certificate can stack into the Master's in Global Studies and International Relations.
Did You Know?
Graduate certificate holders earn on average a 25% salary increase.
From Our Faculty
"Northeastern University has a fantasitc network indispensible in helping us link our students with professional opportunities." — Marissa Lombardi, Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Director
From Our Alumni
"The program gave me a better understanding and an increased curiosity about what is occurring on a global scale." — Kathleen H., Alumna