July 31, 2014


Description of Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Global Security Studies and Leadership provides students with the foundation skills necessary for careers in Intelligence and National Security.  The certificate program is also an excellent program for professionals currently employed in security or intelligence related jobs who are trying to enhance their expertise in their field.  Students will complete a series of courses that focus on advanced research methods and critical analysis proficiency.  In these courses, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills gained to relevant research problems involving global security issues.

Graduate Certificate courses include:
  • Global Security
  • Open Source Research
  • Interdisciplinary Research & Analysis
  • Practicum in Global Security Studies


1. 2.75 undergraduate GPA or above
2. 3 letters of reference
3. Current resume
4. All academic transcripts
5. Letter of intent stating purpose for entering the program

* Note: GRE scores are not required for application at this time


1.    Students must apply to graduate school at www.utpa.edu/gradapply
2.    Once admitted to the GSSL program, an advising appointment must be made with the main office at SBS 229.

Degree Plan

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