Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies

Program Overview

Non-Degree Option, 16 Credits, 1 Year or Less

The program is designed for professional training in the control, reduction, and elimination of weapons of mass destruction (including chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons). Certificate students take courses, seminars, and workshops taught by nonproliferation experts and faculty in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) department of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Benefits of attending the program:

  • It is held in the only organization in the world dedicated exclusively to graduate education and research in nonproliferation
  • Students prepare for a nonproliferation career
  • Visiting scholars and specialists from other countries have the opportunity to interact
  • Students can become eligible to work as research assistants on CNS projects, including:
  • Nonproliferation databases & resource collections
  • In-depth studies of WMD programs and the international nonproliferation regime
  • Timely analyses of events & issues in WMD proliferation and control


Individuals holding advanced degrees (MA or above or the equivalent) or equivalent work experience in international relations, science, engineering, law, or related fields may apply for admission to the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies. Please contact one of our Enrollment Managers for more details.

Monterey Institute students enrolled in degree programs (including the BAIS, MAIPS, MPA, MBA, MAIEP, and the MA degrees granted by the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education) may also apply for admission for the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies. Completing the Certificate requires a minimum of 16 credits in addition to those required for a degree. Students may not count the same credits toward both a degree and a non-degree Certificate.


Students must complete at least 16 semester units with a B grade or higher in each course.

Required Courses

  • IPOL 8574 · Introduction to WMD Nonproliferation (4 credits)

At least One of the following technical workshops:

  • WKSH 8532 · Nuclear Weapons Technology (1 credit)
  • WKSH 8525 · Biological Weapons Technology (1 credit)
  • WKSH 8529 · Chemical Weapons Technology (1 credit)
  • WKSH 8524 · Missile Proliferation and Missile Defense (1 credit)

Additional workshops may be included in optional courses

Optional Courses

Students must also complete at least 11 credits from the following courses:

  • IPOL 8510 · Security & Arms Control in Northeast Asia (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8526 · Nonproliferation Tools: Export Controls (2 credits)
  • IPOL 8586 · Arms Control Simulation (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8606 · Seminar: Chinese Nonproliferation and Security Policy (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8631 · Seminar: Nuclear Proliferation Trends and Trigger Events (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8641 · Seminar: Nonproliferation in the NIS (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8654 · Seminar: Security & Nonproliferation Issues in the Middle East (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8658 · Seminar: Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8663 · Seminar: Nonproliferation Organizations and Regimes (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8675 · Seminar: The Nuclear Renaissance and Nonproliferation (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8678 · Verifying Nuclear Arms Control (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8683 · Seminar: South Asia & Weapons of Mass Destruction (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8684 · Seminar: Chemical & Biological Weapons and Arms Control (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8685 · Seminar: Cooperative Threat Reduction (4 credits)
  • IPOL 8693 · Seminar: Practical Issues: Nuclear Disarmament (4 credits)
  • WKSH 8523 · History of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Development (1 credit)
  • WKSH 8568 · WMD Intelligence (1 credit)
  • WKSH 8576 · Trafficking in Nuclear & Radioactive Materials (1 credit)
  • WKSH 8591 · The Nuclear Difference: Nuclear Science for Policy Makers (1 credit)
  • NPGS 8500 · Naval Postgraduate Agreement (credit varies)

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