Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations

About the Certificate Program

The School of Diplomacy is pleased to offer the first graduate certificate program among APSIA schools in the New York Metropolitan area in post-conflict state reconstruction and sustainability - now entirely online. Enduring and rising conflicts and tensions in many regions of the world posing critical socio-economic and institutional challenges have increased the need for skilled professionals trained in this field.

The online graduate certificate program is designed for professionals who seek to explore a career or develop additional skills without committing to a master’s degree as well as matriculated graduate students who wish to secure an additional credential. Courses in the certificate program provide a comprehensive foundation for building sustainable peace in societies emerging from violent conflict. This coursework is a tool for U.S. government civilian planners, practitioners and humanitarian workers engaged in stabilization and reconstruction missions. The skills developed through this program are a valuable resource for international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, educators and other professionals with responsibilities and interest in solving conflicts. 

Reflecting on her experience as a Post-Conflict certificate student, alumna Nadjedah Jean Simon says, "Coming from a post-conflict country (Haiti), the School's post-conflict classes have given me the confidence to work with international organizations to find strategies to alleviate corruption in Haiti and boost its economy."

Learn more about the certificate and other School of Diplomacy graduate programs by joining us for an upcoming webinar information session. All webinar attendees will receive a $75 application fee waiver. View dates and RSVP »


The online certificate program can be completed in less than one year and will be awarded to students who complete the following 15 credits in post-conflict state reconstruction and sustainability. Students admitted to this program may elect to apply their coursework towards an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations provided they meet the M.A. admission requirements.

A comprehensive list of course descriptions can be viewed in the graduate catalogue »

DIPL 6004 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping 3
DIPL 6250 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Plural Societies 3
DIPL 6251 Justice, Truth and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies 3
DIPL 6252 Institutions of Post-Conflict Governance3
DIPL 6253 Civil Conflict and Development3


Application requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability include:

  • A completed application form*
  • 400-500 word statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate degree
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency

*Current M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations degree candidates need only to complete this requirement.

Alumni of the M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations

Alumni who have completed graduate courses in the School’s Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability specialization will have five years following the completion of their M.A. degree to apply their completed courses toward the certificate.

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Director of Graduate Admissions
Daniel Kristo
(973) 275-2142

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