Government, private and academic sectors all seek experts with an interdisciplinary understanding of the science enabling nuclear nonproliferation regimes and the policies that create and implement those regimes. The Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy supplies professionals who meet this need. This 12-credit-hour program can be completed entirely online.
The objective of the program, offered jointly by NC State University's departments of Nuclear Engineering and Political Science, is to educate students about nuclear nonproliferation from both the engineering and the social sciences perspectives. Students are exposed to state-of-the-art techniques. They also obtain an in-depth understanding of the technical and policy challenges to developing and implementing robust international nuclear nonproliferation regimes. Academic coursework includes class projects which cover key areas such as proliferation case studies and physical security simulations, as well as interactions with subject matter experts.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree. Certificate students must meet prerequisites for all certificate courses they enroll in. Both Non-Degree Studies (NDS) and NC State degree-seeking students are accepted to this certificate program. Current NC State degree students should contact the program director for application information.
Strategically designed to be interdisciplinary, the Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy provides instruction about nuclear engineering and political science in order to support both policy makers and nuclear engineers in their efforts to promote security and nonproliferation. Students benefit from the connection with the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities and associated partnerships with other universities, national laboratories, all of which are united in their efforts to train professionals in careers supporting nuclear security.