Prepare yourself for a career in government or at non-governmental organizations, international organizations, or multinational corporations.

While past generations witnessed world wars, current generations have grappled with the phenomena of violent extremism, large-scale displacement, and failed nations. In a world where global conflict has evolved to include state, sub-state, and non-state actors, future leaders must also evolve their empirical approach to understanding conflict.

By enrolling in the Certificate in Global Conflict Studies, offered in conjunction with The Pearson Institute, you will engage in analysis that moves beyond the headlines toward a deeper understanding of how data-driven solutions can be applied toward ever-evolving issues that global conflicts present.

By focusing on comparative development, political economy, and applied methodology, this interdisciplinary course of study will prepare graduate students of diverse interests for careers in government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, or multinational corporations.

Application Process

There is no application process for the Certificate in the Study of Global Conflicts. You should contact your academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue the certificate. The certificate is open to any graduate student at the University of Chicago.

Planning for the Certificate

For information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by certificate. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter(s) offered has been indicated.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate will be awarded to students who complete any three of the following courses:

  • PPHA 32735: African Development

  • PPHA 38740: Conflict: Root Causes, Consequences, and Solutions for the Future

  • PLSC 48700: Crime, Conflict and the State

  • PPHA 60000-3: Global Conflict Policy Lab (See the Policy Labs project descriptions in the student portal for current options.)

  • SSAD 47812: Human Rights Policy and Practice 

  • PPHA 32750: Hydropolitics: Water Policy and Conflict

  • PPHA 38790: Introduction to Peacebuilding

  • PPHA 33510: Nuclear Policy

  • PPHA 32740: Order and Violence

  • PPHA 30810: The Political Economy of Natural Resources (not offered in 2018-2019)

  • PPHA 39750: Politics and Public Policy in Latin America

  • PLSC 48401: Quantitative Security

  • PPHA 38750: Refugees, Security and Forced Migration

  • PPHA 35245: Violence in the Early Years (not offered in 2018-2019)

No certificate class may be taken pass/fail.

Consider the Certificate in International Development As Well

You are welcome to pursue both this certificate and the Certificate in International Development as long as you fulfill both requirements.

By completing the Certificate in International Development, you'll learn to seek data-driven solutions to development issues across multiple sectors, including but not limited to economy, education, energy, security, and the environment.