Nuclear Deterrence Certificate
Gain understanding of the history and contemporary issues related to nuclear deterrence, security, nonproliferation, and arms control. Through this professional graduate certificate—developed in consultation with the US Air Force—you build expertise in deterrence theory and policy to help advance a career in the military, government, or an international organization.
Key learning outcomes
- Understanding of nuclear deterrence theory, the history of nuclear weapon development and proliferation, and the cold war’s impact on the arms race.
- Knowledge of the types and effects of the various types of delivery systems and nuclear arms, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
- Insight into past and current international relations’ frameworks, nuclear security policies in the US and other nation–states in the post-Cold War era, and the changing context of global conflict.
No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.
Earning the Certificate
To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:
- Complete four certificate courses for graduate credit.
- Earn at least a B grade in each course.
- Complete the courses within three years.
The professional graduate certificate in Nuclear Deterrence requires four courses:
- Nuclear Weapons and International Security (required course)
- Deterrence History (required course)
- Deterrence Theory (required course)
- International security elective (choose one course from select group)
Recommended Course Path: We recommend completing Nuclear Weapons and International Security (GOVT 1886) before enrolling in Deterrence Theory (GOVT 1889).
Courses taken before the 2015–16 academic year do not apply toward this certificate.