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Masters Programs

Graduate Certificate Programs

Exploring the possibility of a new role in your current field or perhaps need more skills to supplement those you already have? Graduate certificate programs at the Josef Korbel School offer comprehensive course curriculums that provide the core knowledge and skills you need.

The following graduate certificates can be incorporated into any of the Josef Korbel School's 90 credit hour MA programs, providing students with an in-depth look at these issues while still completing the MA program in two academic years or less.

Please note: these are not stand-alone certificates. Interested students must apply and be accepted to an MA program within the Josef Korbel School, and then may pursue a certificate in conjunction with an MA.

Graduate Certificate Program in Global Health Affairs

The graduate certificate program in Global Health Affairs provides advanced theoretical, practical and leadership training at the intersection of health and international affairs. The program emphasizes in-depth training that leverages innovations in global health governance, policy and planning, technology transfer, social marketing and entrepreneurship. Through a mix of curricular research and practice opportunities, students graduate with a unique understanding of how health fits into the management and negotiations of international affairs.

Please note: this is not a stand-alone certificate. Interested students must apply and be accepted to an MA program within the Josef Korbel School to then pursue this certificate in conjunction with an MA.

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Graduate Certificate Program in Homeland Security

The ability to prevent acts of international terrorism, and to cope with them if they occur, will be at the forefront of many nations' national security agendas for years to come. Given both the enormity and novelty of the task (at least for the United States), the development of new educational programs has become a vital part of national efforts to protect homeland security.

The graduate certificate program in Homeland Security at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the first, and most comprehensive, efforts to address this critical need and offers a spectrum of approaches to becoming a specialist in a challenging field. As employment opportunities expand at all levels of government and in the private sector, graduates with a homeland security certificate will be well prepared to serve as administrators, executives, analysts and consultants.

Please note: this is not a stand-alone certificate. Interested students must apply and be accepted to an MA program within the Josef Korbel School to then pursue this certificate in conjunction with an MA.

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Graduate Certificate Program in Humanitarian Assistance

The mission of the Humanitarian Assistance Program is to prepare students to work in the humanitarian field. The program provides students with the theoretical and practical underpinnings for humanitarian work which is technically sound, engages with affected communities, responds to the diverse needs of affected populations and sets the stage for sustainable and inclusive recovery and development.

All Certificate students are required to:

  • Complete core humanitarian coursework comprised of two courses which aim to introduce students to key aspects of humanitarian assistance (one focused on policy and the other on field operations) and two additional courses directly related to humanitarian assistance.
  • Take three elective courses in one of three tracks
    • Monitoring, evaluation and analysis
    • Management/operations
    • Policy/advocacy
  • Complete an internship (150 hours) with an organization whose core work includes international humanitarian assistance or policy/advocacy. This is a critical component of the Certificate. It is unlikely that students in the Certificate Program will find appropriate internships in Denver. Certificate candidates should plan to spend some significant time interning at an appropriate location (either in the US or abroad) in order to fulfill this requirement.

A limited number of students pursuing a Master's degree at Korbel are admitted to the Humanitarian Assistance Certificate Program each year. Admission is extremely competitive on the basis of experience, focus and motivation.

Applications will be accepted from Korbel students at the beginning of each academic year (due late September). Applicants will be interviewed as part of the application process. Students will be informed about whether they have been accepted by early/mid-November.

A concentration in Humanitarian Assistance is also available and requires completion of mandatory and 2 additional core courses

If you are interested in either the certificate or concentration, please contact the office of Graduate Admissions at 303.871.2544 or korbeladm@du.edu.

Please note: this is not a stand-alone certificate. Interested students must apply and be accepted to an MA program within the Josef Korbel School to then pursue this certificate in conjunction with an MA.

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Interdisciplinary International Law and Human Rights Certificate Program

Note: Application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is October 15, 2013.  Students will be notified about acceptance into the program on October 22, 2013.

Certificate Co-Directors

Prof. Claude d'Estrée – Director, International Human Rights Degree Program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Prof. Annecoos Wiersema – Ved P. Nanda Chair and Director, International Legal Studies Program, Sturm College of Law

About the Program

The joint certificate in International Law and Human Rights allows graduate students at both the Sturm College of Law (Sturm) and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (Korbel) to pursue interdisciplinary studies in international human rights law. For decades, students at Sturm and Korbel have shown a strong interest in international human rights law while both schools have historically offered a broad range of courses in the area. Moreover, students from both schools have gone on to careers in various aspects of international human rights work. The joint certificate in International Law and Human Rights integrates the strengths and many course offerings at each school with the goal of enriching and deepening the students understanding of international law and human rights—which they may then carry over into the job market.

Students already enrolled in a degree program at either school may apply to participate in the certificate program. The certificate requires completion of three core courses and an additional 4 or 5 electives for a total of 35 quarter hours (for Korbel students) or 24 semester hours (for Sturm students) – these credits will also count towards the student’s original degree program. Generally, student will take half their coursework at Korbel and half their coursework at the Sturm College of Law. Students must also complete a practicum and/or internship.

To apply for the program, please click here.