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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Certificate Overview

Advanced International Affairs (CAIA))

Available Online

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.

Overview
  • 12 Credit Hour Graduate Certificate Program
  • Courses Offered Online or On Campus
  • Fall and Spring Fifteen-Week Courses, Summer Ten-Week Courses
  • Successful Completion Appears on Texas A&M Transcript
  • Can Often Transfer Credits to a Degree-Seeking Master’s Program
  • 12 Hours Transferrable to a Bush School Master’s Degree

Course Formats

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.


Curriculum

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.


Optional Emphasis Areas

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
  • Diplomacy
  • Defense Policy and Military Affairs
  • Intelligence
  • Counterterrorism

Certificate Courses

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)
  • INTA 605 American Foreign Policy
  • INTA 651 National Security Policy
Electives (listed by emphasis areas)

Diplomacy
  • INTA 603 American Diplomacy (required course for Diplomacy emphasis)
  • INTA 604 Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
  • INTA 606 International Politics in Theory and Practice (in residence only)
  • INTA 609 Principles of International Law
  • INTA 654 Military Strategy in the Conduct of Nations
  • INTA 680 Political Violence and Terrorism within the International System
Defense Policy and Military Affairs
  • INTA 617 Deterrence and Coercion (in residence only)
  • INTA 654 Military Strategy in the Conduct of Nations
  • INTA 659 Transnational Security Issues
  • INTA 678 Interstate War: Theory and History Implications for the 21st Century (in residence only)
  • INTA 680 Political Violence and Terrorism within the International System
  • INTA 682 Law of War
Intelligence
  • INTA 650 National Security Law (in residence only)
  • INTA 652 The Role of Intelligence in Security Affairs (strongly recommended)
  • INTA 653 Technical Collection Systems for International Security
  • INTA 659: Transnational Security Issues
  • INTA 680 Political Violence and Terrorism within the International System
Counterterrorism
  • INTA 604 Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
  • INTA 659 Transnational Security Issues
  • INTA 680 Political Violence and Terrorism within the International System
Other Electives (available in residence only)
  • INTA 608 Fundamentals of the Global Economy
  • INTA 655 Evolution of the European Union
Approved Homeland Security Courses
CAIA students can substitute ONE approved CHLS course towards completion of the CAIA:
  • INTA 602/PSAA 651 Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
  • PSAA 608 Cyber Security for Managers
  • INTA 612/PSAA 668 US Law and Homeland Security
  • PSAA 653 Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • INTA 657/PSAA 657 Terrorism in Today’s World
  • PSAA 654 U.S. Border Security: Policies, Strategies and Issues

Contact an enrollment advisor for upcoming semester course offerings: bushschoolonline@tamu.edu or 1-866-988-2874.


How to Apply
  1. Submit the Application
    New students complete the Apply Texas Application and fill in all fields, including work history.
    Apply Texas Application: http://www.applytexas.org/ Current Texas A&M University Students (U4, U5 or Graduate Classification) concurrently enrolled in a degree-seeking program while pursuing the certificate must complete the Certificate Program Application. Do NOT complete the Apply Texas application. http://bush.tamu.edu/certificate/admissions/ApplicationTAMUStudents.pdf

  2. Send Official Transcripts From All Colleges Attended
    Must be sent directly from the issuing university to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Texas A&M University:
    Texas A&M University
    P.O. Box 40001
    College Station, TX 77842-4001

    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 admissions@tamu.edu. Transcripts from any other vendor will not be accepted.

    Domestic new students only: 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 bushschoolonline@tamu.edu or fax (979-862-3196) unofficial copies to the Office of Extended Education for preliminary consideration.

    International new students only: 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.

  3. Personal Statement (all applicants)

    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:
    E-mail: bushschoolonline@tamu.edu
    Fax: 979-862-3196


  4. Resume (all applicants)
    Resumes can be submitted via fax or e-mail to the Office of Extended Education.
    E-mail: bushschoolonline@tamu.edu
    Fax: 979-862-3196

  5. Test Scores (all applicants)

    GRE 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 http://admissions.tamu.edu/other/nondegreeseeking.

    Questions? Contact an enrollment advisor
    bushschoolonline@tamu.edu or 1-866-988-2874

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4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


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