Intelligence and National Security, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 15
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Program Overview

The online Intelligence and National Security, graduate certificate is designed to meet the need for an in-depth and critical analysis of US foreign policy and national security by graduate students, active duty military and civilian professionals working in the fields of public service, national security, defense policy and intelligence analysis. 

The online Intelligence and National Security, graduate certificate requires 12 credit hours and includes courses with the following topics:

  • Foreign Policy 
  • International Relations 
  • Intelligence and National Security 
  • United States Foreign Policy

This program of study seeks to satisfy varying academic, career and personal post-graduate goals of traditional and non-traditional students that prepare them for their responsibility as active citizens through leadership, participation and employment in intelligence, military and foreign relations careers. 

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Writing Sample

  6. Resume

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee. 

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Any student who was an undergraduate at UNO cannot take any cross-listed course he/she took while an undergraduate student. UNO undergraduates who took PSCI 3260: US Foreign Policy and/or PSCI 4250: Intelligence and National Security cannot take PSCI 8265 and/or PSCI 8256. Therefore, before these students apply, they must speak with the graduate chair or academic program coordinator to discuss alternative coursework. 

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8200Seminar in Foreign Policy and National Security3
This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the formulation and implementation of foreign and national security policy in the United States with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate adviser

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8556Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism3
Information to come at later date.
PSCI 8216International Relations of the Middle East (PSCI 8216)3
This course focuses on the international politics of the Middle East region, specifically looking at conditions for peace and causes of war. It examines how the international system, domestic politics, ideologies, and leaders influence international politics in the Middle East.
PSCI 8206International Relations of East Asia (PSCI 8206)3
This course introduces students to the international politics of East Asia with an emphasis on the contemporary relations among major East Asian states (China, Japan, the Korean peninsula) and the United States.
PSCI 8256Intelligence and National Security (PSCI 8256)3
This course introduces students to the United States intelligence services, and their relation to broader U.S. national security policy.
PSCI 8255Global Security Issues3
This course introduces students to issues of national and international security that cross boundaries and threaten all countries including issues such as climate change, environmental deterioration, population and demographics, gender issues, disease and public health, the media, asymmetrical warfare, drugs/organized crime and cyberthreats.
PSCI 8220Seminar on International Leadership and Strategy3
This course introduces students to international leadership and strategy theory, research and application.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Lana Obradovic, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Lana Obradovic's research interests include international security, American foreign and national security policymaking, gender and security, post-communist transitions, Balkans and East Asia. Before moving to Nebraska, Dr. Obradovic headed Mercy College International Relations and Diplomacy program in New York and led the award-winning Model UN team.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 16
  • Spring SemesterOct 16
  • Summer SessionMar 16