Certification of Professional Achievement in United Nations Studies
The non-degree Certification of Professional Achievement in United Nations Studies; offered by Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and School of Professional Studies, conveys the basic analytical issues, theoretical approaches, history. and policy debates in international relations and the UN.
Many program faculty teach in degree programs at SIPA in addition to holding high-level posts in agencies including the UNDP and the UN Security Council.
The certification is ideal for those who are looking to increase their understanding of the history, inner workings, and challenges associated with the UN’s role in the world today, whether they are recent college graduates who seek graduate preparation in the field or experienced professionals looking for career enhancement or personal enrichment. Advanced undergraduates with strong academic records and a foundation in political science and international studies are also eligible to apply. See eligibility requirements below. 20:31 Applying the Certification of professional achievement in UN studies. The statement of academic purpose should address your purpose and interest in pursuing the program How the program fits into your overall academic and/or professional goals, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience. Some applicants use their statements as an opportunity to amplify information contained on the application or academic transcripts. The statement provides an excellent forum for explaining any weaknesses that may appear on the transcript or to highlight any strengths that may not be evident elsewhere.