What will I learn?

The certificate program is designed for professionals in the field seeking career advancement, those who aspire to enter the field, individuals in related professions, and those retired from the military and government seeking consulting and other positions. Examples of potential students include personnel in the military, federal, state and local governments, law enforcement, corporations, and academia, as well as recent college graduates. For students with a graduate degree or pursuing a graduate degree in another field, this would be a valuable complement to their existing program. The program focuses on building the critical analytical skills graduates need to succeed professionally in the field of national security affairs. The ability to critically analyze intelligence information, historical and contemporary issues informing the field, and to perform textual analyses, defines the program core’s most important learning outcomes.

The Graduate Certificate in National Security Affairs and International Relations is a 15 credit hour program. Students will complete any five of the six core courses in the M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations. Students who are in good standing in the NSAIR certificate program may speak with the department about the MS program. The program is designed to be completed entirely online; however, there are few of the courses that maybe offered in the residential format and students may select those sections as appropriate.

Which department am I in?

Halmos College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (15 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$12,330.00 per year
USD $822 per credit hour
Application deadline

1 December 2021, 1 April 2022

Start date

3 January 2022, 9 May 2022


Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Avenue,



33314, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must complete all bachelor's degree requirements before beginning graduate studies or is in the process of completing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university.

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

For non-native English speakers and graduates of foreign institutions (where English is not the primary language instruction). Demonstrate English-language proficiency is required through one of the following options:

Successful completion of a degree at an approved U.S. institution of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) official score of 213 on the computerized test, 550 on the paper test format, or 79 on the Internet format.


Fall (August) July 15
Winter (January) December 1
Summer (May) April 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.