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) in international relations, science, engineering, law, or related fields may apply for admission to the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies. Individuals with prior professional work experience and/or select coursework in nonproliferation, terrorism studies, international security or related field, may also apply. Please contact one of our Enrollment Managers for more details.   

Students currently enrolled in a degree program at the Middlebury Institute 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 the 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 2016, courses and workshops in this field include the following. To see course descriptions, search the course catalog.

  • NPTG 8501  International Security Research and Analysis
  • NPTG 8506  Workshop: Nuclear/Radioactive Materials & Weapons
  • NPTG 8510  Security and Arms Control in East Asia
  • NPTG 8516  Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Simulation
  • NPTG 8523  Workshop: US Nuclear Weapons History and Cost
  • NPTG 8529  Workshop:Tabletop Exercise Design and Operations
  • NPTG 8533  Workshop: Geospatial Tools for Nonproliferation Analysis
  • NPTG 8548  Workshop: Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons
  • NPTG 8555  Workshop: Pakistan and the Bomb
  • NPTG 8557  Nonproliferation Law and Policy
  • NPTG 8558  Israel and the Bomb
  • NPTG 8563  Evolution of Chinese Nuclear Policy
  • NPTG 8564  Workshop: Imagery Analysis for Nonproliferation
  • NPTG 8608  Seminar: Nuclear Weapons, Democracy and Governance
  • NPTG 8626  Seminar: Strategic Trade Controls and Nonproliferation
  • NPTG 8639  Seminar: Deterring and Influencing Terrorism and WMD
  • NPTG 8642  Seminar: Moral Dilemmas of the Nuclear Age
  • NPTG 8651  Seminar: Science, Technology and Nuclear Policy Making
  • NPTG 8653  Seminar: Nuclear Trafficking
  • NPTG 8654  Seminar: Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East
  • NPTG 8656  Seminar: Nuclear Forensics
  • NPTG 8658  Seminar: CBRN Terrorism
  • NPTG 8675  Seminar: Nuclear Renaissance and Nonproliferation
  • NPTG 8678  Seminar: Verifying Nuclear Disarmament
  • NPTG 8683  Seminar: South Asia & Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • NPTG 8684  Seminar: Biological and Chemical Weapons and Arms Control
  • NPTG 8695  Seminar: Nuclear Weapons and Intelligence