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School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs MA: Political Science with a Global Justice & Security Studies Certificate

Certificate in Global Justice & Security Studies

The M.A. in Political Science with a Global Justice and Security Studies Certificate (GJSS) is a non-thesis, terminal degree designed to provide students with a specialized qualification better suited for the pursuit of professional careers in federal, state, or local government.  The GJSS program targets students intending to pursue largely non-academic, governmental careers as practitioners, whether it be in the field of homeland security, law enforcement, not-for-profit organizations, NGOs, or as analysts within the U.S. intelligence or defense communities.

The Masters in GJSS is geared towards providing students with maximum of flexibility in constructing their specific areas of specialization, while at the same time providing the common elements needed for a coherent program of study.  Faculty work closely with students to tailor the GJSS program of study to best fit their individual professional needs.


Minimum of 30 hours total credit required.

Of those 30 hours:
  • At least 26 hours of graded course work, 17 of which must be at the 500 level.
  • No more than 9 hours of non-graduate (400 level) graded coursework.
Program Required Courses:
    • POL_S 531 – International Security
    • POL_S 424 – U.S. National Security Policy
    • Twenty hours of Electives (selected from among the following courses or ones approved by Graduate Director in consultation with student):
      • POL_S 400, 402, 427, 428, 429, 501, 502, 503, 504, 510, 513, 514, 530, 533a, 533b, 536, 537
      • CRM_J 405, 572
      • HISTORY 455, 476, 564
      • PHIL 475
      • PSYCH 550, 592


Graduate Coordinator:

Diane Scott
Johnson Tower 801
Phone: 509-335-2545

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