University Park, PA – Penn State offers online graduation certification program designed by two former US ambassadors.

Applications are gaining acceptance for students’ graduation certificates on international issues, focusing on providing students with an in-depth understanding of policy internationalization. A 12-credit postgraduate certificate is issued online at the Penn State School of International Affairs through the Penn State World Campus and can be completed within a year.

The course was developed by former US ambassadors and faculty of the School of International Affairs Joseph Detomas and Dennis Jet, and the Department of State has been working for four decades. Detomas served as US ambassador to Estonia from 2001 to 2004, and Jet served as ambassador to Mozambique and Peru in the 1990s.

Elizabeth Ransom, interim director of the School of International Affairs, said the courses in the certification program “provide a comprehensive approach to international affairs, making it ideal for many future students.”

The courses include theories of diplomacy and international relations; The role of intelligence in international relations; Mass destruction equipment and global security; And the Cologne Course on Current Policy Challenges. There is an opportunity to explore related topics such as an interdisciplinary program, economics, demographics, climate change, energy policy, epidemics, and religion and government. The readings are from a variety of disciplines, including political science, economics, and other social sciences.

Kiera Drapcho, director of the School of International Affairs, said the school caters to students from a variety of disciplines and careers. She said other students pursuing postgraduate degrees can also use the certificate to add an international component to their program.

Last updated October 21, 2021