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Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Security: International Policy and Practice

Join a growing network of individuals working to make peacebuilding efforts more inclusive and sustainable.

Inclusive SecuritySIT Graduate Institute’s Inclusive Security: International Policy and Practice Certificate is designed to train professionals to lead innovative and more sustainable approaches to peacebuilding. The goal of the program is to develop a sustained network of inclusive and human security practitioners who can bridge institutional and international dif­ferences. This program is offered through a partnership between SIT Graduate Institute and The Institute for Inclusive Security.

The program highlights the agency of women as active participants in shaping peace and security and focuses on developing inclusive practices for more sustainable peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Curriculum builds on the expertise of SIT and The Institute for Inclusive Security in the social change arena and will increase participants’ professional capacity. The program is designed to fit the schedules of working professionals, and classes will be held on weeknights and weekends.

This nine-credit program consists of five courses, including a practicum designed to further participants’ practical skills and a summit in which participants can interact with experts in the fields of peacebuilding, development, and security studies.

Participants can expect to:

  • examine actual case studies in specific national and community contexts;
  • acquire new skills in designing, delivering, and advancing inclusive approaches;
  • enhance their global knowledge through the program’s international perspectives;
  • gain an understanding of program design and management;
  • learn how to translate their knowledge as an individual to engage and interact with others across cultures and communities;
  • develop deeper confidence in addressing social injustices through security policy development and peacebuilding plans;
  • create a toolbox of alternative approaches to traditional state-based security constructions; and
  • develop unified advocacy platforms that equip them to deliver concrete proposals for reshaping peace processes.

Why Inclusive Security?

Inclusive security is forward-looking.
Rather than focusing solely on providing humanitarian relief in the wake of conflict, inclusive security practitioners seek ways to create lasting peace by finding viable paths out of current conflict and offering strategies to prevent conflict from arising in the first place.

Inclusive security is transformative.
Inclusive security practitioners analyze cultural and structural roots of exclusion and inequity and devise practical ways to include underrepresented groups in decision-making processes and leadership. Practitioners engage with those who hold positions of power to show them the value of including other parties.

Inclusive security is more sustainable.
When peace processes are more inclusive, the outcomes are more sustainable. Including a diversity of people in these processes means a greater diversity of issues affecting these parties will be addressed.

Program dates: Week of June 6, 2016–Week of December 16, 2016
Format: Evening and weekend classes
Location: SIT Washington, DC Center
Credits: 9
Application Deadline: April 25, 2016

Scholarships available!

Semester One

Students in DC CenterInclusive Security: Concepts (3 credits)
This course will provide the conceptual foundation for human security and inclusive security theories and literature as an alternative to traditional security. Participants will discover the critical conceptual and substantive components of human and inclusive security in different geographical regions. The course will culminate with a comprehensive exercise allowing participants to identify alternative approaches to prior and simulated negotiations by applying the principles learned in the course.

Inclusive Security: Practice (2 credits)
Participants will build on the theories of inclusive security and the history of women in peace and security arenas, analyzing how they have been and are currently situated within the security policy and program landscape across countries and regions. The course will also examine how inclusive practices are realized within specific stakeholder subgroups, including women, youth, lawmakers, and refugees, in various world regions. Utilizing project design and project cycle frameworks, participants will develop various phases, from design to implementation, of inclusive security projects while learning from existing case studies.

Inclusive Security: Integrative Summit Seminar (1 credit)
This two-day weekend seminar will follow the two core courses. It will enable participants to integrate lessons learned from the courses and will prepare them for the practicum phase. In addition, it will create an opportunity in which participants can interact with invited senior practitioners, acquire additional skills that will contribute directly to their professional development, and build relationships that will support their self-guided learning processes in the forthcoming practicum phase.

Semester Two

Inclusive Security: Policy Advocacy and Good Governance (2 credits)
This course will examine what democratic governance is and how to strengthen it to enhance global, national, community, economic, political, and social security. To do this, the course will review theory and practice of governance and critically analyze historic trends of citizen participation as they shape and impact various forms of government security policy and mandates, public administration and policy implementation, global-local governance and policy reforms, and advocacy for inclusive security and service delivery. Participants will consider global, national, and local/indigenous governance as well as e-governance.

Organizational Practicum and Paper (1 credit)
During the fall, participants will complete a practicum within their own or another organization working in the field of peacebuilding. The practicum will further participants’ skills and career development and will meet real needs of the organization. A final paper will demonstrate the participant’s synthesis of learning in the classroom and during the practicum.

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To be considered for admission to the Inclusive Security: International Policy and Practice Certificate program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a US bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrate English language ability (see details below)
  • Have intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrate ability to use experience as a source of learning

English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English must submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS  practice tests online.)

  • Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of:
    • 600 on the paper-based test (PBT),
    • 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or
    • 100 on the internet-based iBT.
  • Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher.
  • Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process
SIT has a self-selective application process. Prospective participants typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. Our admissions staff work one on one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience. Applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current participants and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

Direct Costs

Tuition – $8,100

Fees – $810

Federal student loans may be available to US participants pursuing this certificate. Additionally, limited scholarships are available to SIT Graduate Institute alumni and World Learning staff.