Nuclear Policy

Elliott School of International Affairs

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

This 15-credit graduate certificate will provide a broad knowledge of nuclear security, non-proliferation and arms control issues, as well as broader security and energy policy issues in an international affairs context. Unique to this certificate is the requirement of a hands-on scientific analysis course for non-scientists. Students will gain detailed knowledge of contemporary issues, critical thinking skills, and laboratory experience from expert faculty within the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Deadlines

Fall: January 7th - Fellowship & Application Deadline


Spring: October 1st - Fellowship & Application Deadline

Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations
Standardized tests:  GRE/GMAT test- optional

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided.  The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application.  Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission.

Statement of purpose:

For your Statement of Purpose, choose one of these options:

In an essay of approximately 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School of International Affairs. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, and how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals. Please be specific.


In an essay of approximately 500 words, please discuss an issue of international importance you wish to address in your professional career. Please include how the Elliott School and the academic program to which you have applied will prepare you to address this global issue.

International applicants only: 

PLEASE NOTE: International applicants who require a student visa are not eligible for admission to this program.

Elliott School programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
 The Elliott School of International Affairs
 The George Washington University
 1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301 ~ Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
 [email protected] ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday