Global Security and Competitive Statecraft


The Graduate Certificate in Global Security and Competitive Statecraft engages students in a critical, forward-looking examination of the most significant threats and trends at the global level. The coursework focuses on disruptive changes in the global system and what they mean for the future of the global order. Designed for strategists and specialists in security-related fields, the curriculum invites students to broaden their perspective on the global strategic environment.


Program Description

Certificate Awarded: Global Security and Competitive Statecraft

This fully online program is highly flexible and designed for students from various backgrounds and with existing responsibilities. Students may complete the certificate from anywhere in the world and proceed at their own pace. Students can:

  • Advance their careers in military strategy, special operations, international relations, intelligence, and other security-related fields.

  • Develop their understanding of global security trends and compound security threats with cutting-edge curriculum designed and taught by world-class faculty. See who you’ll be learning from.

  • Engage classmates in weekly discussions and connect with fellow students all over the world. Certificate students will be enrolled in classes alongside those pursuing the MA in Global Security. The diverse student body ensures every issue studied is met with multiple perspectives and critical analysis.




At a Glance: program details

  • Location: online
  • Second Language Requirement: No




Degree Requirements

Certificate in Global Security and Competitive Statecraft requires the successful completion of 15 credits of coursework.

Required Core (3 credit hours)

GSC 512 Global Trends (3)

Restricted Electives (12 credit hours)

Students may select 4 classes from a rotating list of electives to fulfill the remaining coursework requirements. This list includes:

GSC 503 Future of War
GSC 509 Emerging Technology and Global Security
GSC 561 Cybersecurity Threats and Trend
IAL 504 US Diplomacy in Action: The Embassy Country Team
IAL 505 Key Issues in Today's Global Economy
GSC 598 Understanding Great Power Competition
GSC 598 Urbanization, Security and Conflict
GSC 598 Adaptation and Military Innovation Since the Cold War
GSC 598 Proxy Warfare: Strategic Thinking and History
GSC 598 Overview of Biosecurity
GSC 598 Narrative Conflict

Additional electives may become available as they are developed




Admission Requirements

To apply, submit the following using the graduate admissions page:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee
  • Personal statement that explains why you are interested in the Global Security and Competitive Statecraft Graduate Certificate. Please provide insight into who you are and what sort of a student and colleague you will be if accepted into the program
  • Official transcripts (GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred, but we admit students with lower GPAs, sometimes as provisional admissions. More important is your motivation, discipline, and capacity to express your ideas in writing).
  • At least one letter of recommendation (applicants may submit additional letters)
  • CV or resume

Please note, no GRE is required. Proof of English language proficiency is required for some international applicants.

Deadlines are not firm since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Admissions decisions are generally made within 10 days after applications are complete. Students may begin the program at the beginning of fall, spring, or summer sessions. Fall starts are encouraged to apply by July 23, Spring starts by December 14, and Summer starts by April 19. The program classes are not open for non-degree seeking students.



Linked with the Center on the Future of War and New America, students have access to cutting edge research and leading practitioners in global security, human rights, cybersecurity, diplomacy, and related fields.

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ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.



Program Contact Information

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