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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 72 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 Business & Corporate Social Responsibility

As a joint offering between the Daniels College of Business and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the graduate certificate in Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the University of Denver focuses specifically on the challenges and opportunities businesses confront in a globalized and developing world.

Businesses today are aware of increased pressure to behave ethically. Many are unsure how to integrate these goals into their business strategy and engage meaningfully with stakeholders. Likewise, governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders recognize the importance of having businesses at the table, but do not always have a clear understanding of how to best engage with the private sector. Both private enterprises and those wishing to affect their behavior are looking for young talent with the capability to navigate this new space.

The certificate curriculum draws from unique course offerings at the Daniels College of Business and Korbel School of International Studies to provide students with the skills to embrace and navigate the complexity of business and governance issues. The required and elective courses explore the theory and practice related to: economic development, business ethics, CSR strategy, social entrepreneurship, business and human rights, sustainability, impact investing, international business law, financial accounting, managerial accounting, as well as considerations with regards to hard and soft law mechanisms that govern transnational space. Students complete the program with a clear understanding of the complexity of the global business environment, a variety of corporate strategies, best practices and the impact of CSR efforts in particular cases.


Students must complete a total of six (6) courses to fulfill the requirements of this certificate.

Students are required to take three (3) core courses:

  • Global Business, Governance & Corporate Social Responsibility (4-5 credits)
  • International Business: Strategy and Practice (4 credits)
  • Either: The Political Economy of Global Business (4 credits) or Introduction to International Political Economy (5 credits)

Students are required to take three (3) elective courses, with one of the courses outside of the students’ home institution:

  • New CSR Data, Analysis & Strategy
  • New Global Corruption
  • INTS 4210 Multinational Corporations
  • INTS 4330 International Business Transactions
  • INTS 4339 Microfinance and Sustainable Development
  • INTS 4549 Managing Microfinance: Business and Development
  • INTS 4566 Globalization & Sustainable Development
  • INTS 4653 Political Economy of the Resource Curse
  • INTS 4622 Global Governance
  • INTS 4972 Global Environmental Governance
  • MBA 4690 Microfinance Deutsche Bank
  • LGST 4700 International Law
  • FIN 4700 Econ & Finance in Emerging Economies
  • FIN 4700 Int’l Monetary Econ & Financial Crises
  • MGMT 4141 Managing Exports
  • IMBA 4500 International Travel Course
  • MGMT 4700 Management Topics Courses
  • MGMT 4142 Global Management
  • MKTG 4700 Marketing Topics Courses
  • MKTG 4380 Global Supply Chain Management
  • EVM 4704 Global Social Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 4490 Global Strategy
  • MGMT 4240 Global Business Imperative
  • ACTG 4610 Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • FIN 4630 Managerial Finance


Program directors are Deborah Avant (Josef Korbel School) and Tricia D. Olsen (Daniels College of Business).

Graduate Certificate in Global Environmental Change and Adaptation (GECA)

About the Program

Addressing the challenges posed by a changing environment, population growth, and increased demands on our food, water, and energy resources will be one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. Given the complexity and magnitude of these tasks, we need innovative, sustainable approaches to meeting these needs while promoting just and equitable development and a sustainable path for future generations.

Through the Certificate in Global Environmental Change and Adaptation (GECA), enrolled students will develop sophisticated understandings of both these challenges and the policy-practical solutions thereto. The GECA certificate combines a core curriculum with wide latitude to explore issues of sustainability and environmental management from a variety of perspectives. The GECA certificate will prepare students for roles both within government and in the nonprofit and private sectors.

Completion of the certificate will consist of three core courses plus three additional electives. The certificate credential will appear on the student’s transcript upon graduation.

Program Director

Dr. Cullen Hendrix, [email protected]

Course Requirements

Required courses:

  • INTS 4972 Global Environmental Governance
  • INTS 4642 Environmental Security
  • INTS 4397 The Environment, the Economy, and Human Wellbeing

Elective Courses (3 electives necessary):

  • INTS 4110 Food and Nutrition Security for Sustainable Development
  • INTS 4220 Political Economy of Energy & Sustainable Development
  • INTS 4223 Global Dynamics & Local Threats in Agricultural Development
  • INTS 4290 Gender, Environment, and Sustainable Development
  • INTS 4339 Microfinance & Sustainable Development
  • INTS 4367 Global Health Affairs
  • INTS 4484 Agriculture & Sustainable Development
  • INTS 4579 International Futures
  • INTS 4909 Climate Justice
  • INTS-4539 Food Security in the World
  • CRES 4333 Resolving Environmental and Public Policy Conflict

Students taking this certificate are advised to fulfill their methodology requirements via the statistics sequence and either Statistics for International Affairs or Data Analysis for Development.

For questions regarding admissions, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 303.871.2544 or email [email protected].

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, and technology transfer. 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 [email protected]

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.

Program resources

Interdisciplinary Religion and International Affairs Certificate Program

Certificate Co-Directors

Nader Hashemi – Director, Center for Middle East Studies, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Andrea L. Stanton – Associate Professor, Chair, Religious Studies, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Religion and International Affairs provides students pursuing MA degrees in the Department of Religious Studies (AHSS) or the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with the opportunity to enhance their home program of study with specific expertise in the scholarly and professional field of religion and international affairs. This certificate program emphasizes scholarly and practitioner approaches to understanding the intersections between religion and international affairs in the modern world, providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary case studies as well as theoretical issues.

The certificate program provides structured flexibility toward the acquisition of theoretical and practical competencies in understanding and being able to demonstrate orally and through written work the intersections of religion and international politics. Certificate requirements include one core course each from the Department of Religious Studies and the Josef Korbel School, with two additional elective courses from each program. Students pursuing their graduate degree at the Josef Korbel School will be further expected to complete a capstone project, which may also involve an independent study for up to five credit hours. To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours of coursework. Coursework in the student's home school will count toward meeting the requirements of the degree program into which they were originally admitted.

To apply for the program, please click here.

Graduate Certificate in Public Diplomacy

About the Program

The Public Diplomacy Graduate Certificate is an interdisciplinary, 24-credit certificate, which examines the history, theory, methods and uses of strategic communication for the purposes of informing, influencing, and establishing dialogue with international publics and stakeholders. Recognizing the central role of mediated communication in international relations today, the certificate is designed to help students acquire a sophisticated understanding of global media and communication processes and the ways in which they are employed by individuals, groups, organizations, and governments to advance their strategic interests. The certificate combines expertise from the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, providing students with a truly interdisciplinary experience and preparing them to address contemporary international challenges in ways that make an impact. Graduates of the Public Diplomacy Certificate will be equipped with conceptual and practical skills that prepare them for careers in the fields of cultural diplomacy, nation branding, public affairs and information, foreign aid, global health and development communication, international strategic communication, and international education. Students who complete the certificate’s requirements will receive this credential in addition to their master’s degree and it will appear on their University transcript.

Course Requirements

Students will take a total of 6 classes (24 credits) across three categories as follows:

  1. Foundational Courses – total of 2 required for 8 credits:
    MFJS 4065 Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding
    and one of the following:
    MFJS 4160 Media Theories or
    MFJS 4650 Global Media and Communications or
    MFJS 4080: Global and Multicultural Campaigns.
  2. Applied Course – total of 1 required for 4 credits:
    MFJS 4050: Foundations of Strategic Communication or
    MFJS 4060: Strategic Messaging (pre-requisite MFJS 4050 or MFJS 4080) or
    MFJS 4165: Global and Development Health Communications or
    MFJS 4912: Topics in Media and Communications (approval from Certificate Director(s) required).
  3. Context Specialization Courses – 3 required, of which at least 2 must be from the Korbel School, and the third may be from either unit within the guidelines below.

    When choosing Context Specialization courses, students should select courses that directly focus on the society, politics, economics, or culture of particular countries or regions or challenges within a specific thematic area. Context Specialization courses must be arranged into a logical three-course set (by region and/or topic) that matches student interests and is approved by Certificate Director(s). Only full-credit, graduate level courses in INTS and MFJS approved by the Certificate Director (in advance) and that are not being used to meet another Certificate requirement are eligible for this category. No MFJS course can be used to meet more than one certificate requirement.

    The Public Diplomacy certificate is open to all MFJS and INTS graduate students in good standing. Applications must be submitted prior to Week 10 of a student’s second graduate quarter for entry into the program. For more information or to start the application process, contact Dr. Nadia Kaneva of MFJS [email protected] or Dr. Lewis Griffith of Korbel [email protected]