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Graduate Certificate

The USF World Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies, in collaboration with the Patel College of Global Sustainability, now offers a Graduate Certificate in Global Strategy & Decision Making.



The Graduate Certificate in Global Strategy and Decision-Making is a unique certificate program designed to prepare students to become effective and exemplary decision makers on the global stage who have vision, know how to formulate sustainable strategy, and are equipped with necessary skills related to economics, finance and international affairs. The Certificate is specifically designed to introduce students to various theories of decision-making and strategy.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered both partially online and on campus.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.


Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process webpage
1. Official transcripts
2. Resume
3. Letter of interest
4. Two support letters, including one from faculty


Additional Information


Previously Attained Courses
Courses may be accepted contingent upon program approval.

12 credit hours required for the certificate.
LIS 6932 Information Strategy & Decision-making (3)
INR 6690 Research Seminar in Globalization
IDS 6233 Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3)

Please choose one of the electives below:
IDS 6235 Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3)
INR 6007 Seminar in International Relations (3)
INR 6107 American Foreign Policy (3)
Other electives may be used as approved by the program.

Credit Toward Graduate Degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Fee per course/ credit hour
Fees parallel that of standard graduate level classes

Standardized Tests
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Three years

For more information regarding the certificate requirements, please contact Fae Bahreini at