Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Gain professional training in the control, reduction, and elimination of weapons of mass destruction with the Nonproliferation Studies Certificate.

About the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies

Nonproliferation Studies Certificate students take courses, seminars, and workshops on nonproliferation taught by faculty in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) and experts at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). The Certificate requires a total of 20 credits and may be completed in one year or less in residence at the Institute.

CNS is recognized internationally as a leading center of expertise in controlling the spread of weapons of mass destruction and is the only organization in the world dedicated exclusively to graduate education and research in nonproliferation. In addition to teaching and research, CNS Director Professor William Potter and other CNS staff participate actively in international negotiations and prepare students for nonproliferation careers through on-the-job training and interaction with visiting scholars and specialists from other countries. Certificate students are also eligible to work as research assistants on a wide variety of CNS projects, including nonproliferation databases, in-depth studies of WMD programs and the international nonproliferation regime, and timely analyses of events and issues in WMD proliferation and control.

Certificate students are considered non-degree, as they are not enrolled in a master's degree program, and will have a different set of admission requirements.  Students interested in receiving a master's degree can apply to the M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies.

Admissions Requirements

Individuals holding a recent undergraduate or advanced degree (MA or above or the equivalent) or equivalent work experience in international relations, science, engineering, law, or related fields may apply for admission to the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies. Please contact one of our Enrollment Managers for more details.

The Institute students enrolled in degree programs (including the BAIS, MAIPD, MPA, MBA, MAIEP, and the MA degrees granted by the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education) may also apply for admission for the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies. Completing the Certificate requires a minimum of 20 credits as outlined below. Students may use free elective credits to pursue Certificate credits. Students may not double count credits as elective/Certificate course credit and core, language or track credits within their degree.


To earn the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies, students must complete at least 20 semester units with an average grade of B or higher for all courses completed in furtherance of the certificate.

Required Courses

All students earning the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies must complete the following courses:

Optional Courses

In addition to the above required courses, students earning the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies must complete at least 12 credits of advanced courses and/or workshops in Nonproliferation Studies. The list of courses that count as electives for the Nonproliferation Certificate is subject to change at any time. For any questions about available courses that will count toward your certificate, email the Program Chair of MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (MANPTS) Program. Please note that not every course listed below is taught every year. Consult the online course schedule for classes that are scheduled to be taught. 

As of May 14, 2013, courses and workshops in this field include the following: