The Certificate in Advanced International Affairs (CAIA) is an outstanding addition to the resume of anyone interested in a career in international relations, intelligence, defense policy, military affairs, counterterrorism, diplomacy, international organizations, law enforcement, international business, or international economic development.
Online courses offer a flexible and interactive format over a traditional fifteen-week semester, ten-week summer semester, typically requiring online discussion several times a week. All online courses fall under 700 section numbers.
On-campus courses at College Station are offered during a traditional fifteen-week semester, typically meeting once a week for three hours. Note: On-campus courses often fill up quickly since priority goes to Bush School degree-seeking master’s students.
To receive a graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs (CAIA), a student must complete 12 credit hours of CAIA courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students have the option of selecting an emphasis area (see below). Those who do not select an emphasis area may tailor their certificate and choose four courses from a variety of options.
Most Bush School courses that fall under the Master of International Affairs (MIA) may be counted toward the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs. Students must be admitted to the certificate program before any classes begin.
Note: Students may take one approved Certificate in Homeland Security (CHLS) course to apply toward their CAIA.
CAIA students have the option of choosing an area of emphasis. While selecting an emphasis area is not required, doing so may prove beneficial for future employment since the emphasis will be noted on the certificate upon successful completion of the CAIA program.
Students who choose an emphasis are required to take two core courses and two emphasis-specific courses listed under the area they have chosen.
Students may obtain multiple emphasis areas by completing six additional hours of electives (two courses) while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better.Emphasis Options
Please note that each course is not offered every semester, which may affect completion time for an optional emphasis. All courses listed are available for students to choose from if not pursuing an area of emphasis.Core Courses (required for emphasis only; any students may take)
Contact an enrollment advisor for upcoming semester course offerings: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-988-2874.
Applicant must include a statement of approximately 500 words indicating personal interest in some area of international affairs and how s/he might use an enhanced knowledge of this subject. Applicant must also include any courses taken that dealt with foreign policy.
Applicant should include a description of any life experiences in world affairs. The statement should indicate the dates, times, and locations of these experiences and an explanation of the specific types of experiences that demonstrate international involvement and what insights were acquired from them. Provide information about fluency in other languages, including the level of fluency attained. Other than short vacations or business trips, note the location and dates of any significant time residing outside the United States.
Personal statements can be submitted via fax or e-mail to the Office of Extended Education:
Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through PARCHMENT, SPEEDE, eScrip-SAFE or National Clearing House to email@example.com. Transcripts from any other vendor will not be accepted.
Domestic Transcripts: Copies of unofficial transcripts from U.S. institutions may be sent to the Office of Extended Education for preliminary review while waiting for delivery of official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (979-862-3196) unofficial copies to the Office of Extended Education for preliminary consideration.
International Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts from international institutions cannot be accepted for review. Official international transcripts must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions to begin applicant review.All new students: You will not be able to register for classes until your official transcripts are received by the Office of Graduate Admissions at Texas A&M University.
GRE or GMAT Scores are required if bachelor’s GPA is below a 3.0 in the final 60 hours of coursework.
International Applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency before materials can be reviewed. Acceptable forms of proof can be found at https://admissions.tamu.edu/other/nondegreeseeking.Questions? Contact an enrollment advisor