May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

National Security Studies Graduate Certificate

Department: Dean’s Office

The Graduate Certificate in National Security Studies is part of USF’s National Security Initiative (NSI) and the Strategic and Cyber Intelligence Program, USF’s federally designated Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (legacy IC-CAE). The interdisciplinary curriculum provides a foundation of study in national security policy and practice. This Certificate complements a number of existing USF graduate degree programs, including STEM Programs, Cybersecurity, Foreign Language Study, International Studies, Political Science, Government, and Intelligence Studies. Students will learn about the theory and application of intelligence, diplomacy, military power and related tools of statecraft to national security/defense policy formulation and power projection. 

Graduate Certificate Admissions and Process

Students must apply and be admitted into the Graduate Certificate to be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Certificate Director prior to applying. 

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. University Admission Requirements, including English Proficiency    
  2. Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements    

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition, applicants should also include:

  • Professional Resume
  • Statement of Purpose (max 500 words)


Curriculum Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Graduate Certificate Time Limit

Five (5) Years.

Graduate Certificate Completion

For procedures to confirm completion of the Graduate Certificate, please refer to the website.