Graduate Certificates

MA in German and European Studies (MAGES) students are able to enroll in a Graduate Certificate program to form their concentration. We encourage you to learn more about certificate options below and on the certificate program websites. In addition, please direct any questions on the MAGES concentration or certificate program options to the MAGES Supervisor of Academic Programs.

Certificate programs are currently offered in:

Diplomatic Studies

The certificate is designed to prepare students to work effectively and successfully in an inter-disciplinary, interagency and multilateral context on evolving global issues. It is not limited to those seeking careers in diplomacy, but encompasses those whose careers will require an understanding of the processes, players and core principles and competencies within which diplomatic strategy and policy are formulated and diplomacy is conducted. The certificate is not about tradecraft but the theory and practice of diplomacy as an element of statecraft in furtherance of national interests. It draws on an understanding of the inter-related roles of history, economics, culture/religion, domestic political actors, development and security, law and science, and demands core skills of quantitative, as well as qualitative, analysis, negotiation, mediation and policy entrepreneurship.

International Business Diplomacy (IBD)

The International Business Diplomacy (IBD) program is an academic honors program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Students who want to be considered for the IBD Program should be enrolled in a full-time degree program within the School of Foreign Service.

Honors students who choose to participate in the program link their studies in international relations and political economy with, for example, basic training in finance, accounting, management, studies in corporate strategy, corporate responsibility or business-government relations. Classes combine an intensive case method approach to global corporate operations with an analysis of key economic and political issues in international trade, finance and investment.

Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate (ISIM)

The Institute focuses on all aspects of international migration, including the causes of and potential responses to population movements, immigration and refugee law and policy, comparative migration studies, the integration of immigrants into their host societies, and the effects of international migration on social, economic, demographic, foreign policy and national security concerns. ISIM also studies internal displacement, with particular attention to the forced movements of people for reasons that would make them refugees if they crossed an international border.

Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies Certificate

Currently enrolled students in graduate programs of the School of Foreign Service (SFS) and the McDonough School of Business may earn a certificate in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies.The curriculum for the certificate is individually designed in consultation with the student's home program. The certificate requires 15 credits and evidence of proficiency in an appropriate language of the region.

African Studies

The Graduate Certificate in African Studies enables graduate students interested in specializing in Africa to demonstrate a regional or functional specialization in Africa, both to pursue intellectual interests and to attain qualifications for post-graduate careers or study. Georgetown’s African Studies Program is uniquely positioned to bridge this gap between disciplinary specialists and Africa specialists and thus contribute to training the next generation of diplomats, businesspeople, activists and policymakers and PVO leaders in a way that will help them more effectively engage with the African continent.  

Arab Studies

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies offers a graduate certificate to students currently enrolled in a qualifying degree program at Georgetown University. The certificates provide an opportunity for the student to study the language, history, and institutions of the Arab world within the framework of his or her discipline. The certificate program's purpose is to give a regional focus to a liberal or professional education for those individuals who plan careers in or wish to develop lifelong interests related to the area. Successful completion of the Certificate of Arab Studies is notated on the student's transcript.

Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Program at Georgetown offers a graduate certificate for students who are interested in studying the dynamics of Asia.  

Latin American Studies

Any student already enrolled in a Georgetown University graduate program is eligible to pursue the graduate certificate in Latin American Studies. Students must declare candidacy for the graduate certificate as soon as possible, and no later than the end of the first year of their graduate program. The Graduate Certificate aims to meet the needs of a broad, multi-disciplinary constituency. Earning the graduate certificate requires a total of 15 credits, including two foundation courses and three electives. Demonstration of proficiency in a language from the region (Spanish or Portuguese) is also a requirement for the graduate certificate. 
This curricular structure allows students to individualize their study and pursue their specific interests while ensuring that their knowledge of the Latin American region is marked by disciplinary and thematic breadth.