Science, Technology, and International Security

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security (STIS) draws on academics and seasoned practitioners in cyber operations, environmental sciences, biological sciences, big data, energy policy, security studies, intelligence, and government in order to provide students with the tools to analyze the security threats and opportunities inherent in scientific and technological developments.

Quick Stats

Course Locations Washington, D.C.; *Online
Available 100% Online Yes
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements Five courses

Cyberattacks, weapons proliferation, drones, climate change, and energy security, are just a few of the science and technology-related security issues that affect the security of the United States and the world today. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security brings together courses from many different disciplines into a highly customizable program. Our goal is to help students excel and advance in their careers by helping them gain an understanding of how science and technology issues play in the security realms of defense, diplomacy, and intelligence.

This program is useful for students who are interested in science and technology in a national security or international security context but who come from a social science or humanities background. This program is also useful for students with an established background in a science or technology field who wish to make themselves more marketable in the national security or international security field. Such students may be able to take advanced electives.

Student in the Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security will be able to draw on courses from several programs around Johns Hopkins. These include courses offered by the Science, Technology and International Security program itself. They also include courses offered by our partner programs:

Students in this program can study on the ground, online, or in any combination that suits their needs.

Combined and Joint Programs

Students with scientific or cyber backgrounds as well as an interest in national security have some exciting options in Combined and Joint programs.

Students interested in Biotechnology, or Energy Policy and Climate may wish to pursue one of our combined programs:

Students interested in a career in cybersecurity or cyber operations in the national security realm may want to apply for the Joint Masters of Security Informatics (MSSI) and Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security of the Advanced Academic Programs. This program is offered by the Whiting School of Engineering’s Information Security Institute and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Advanced Academic Programs working in partnership. Note that students interested in this Joint program should apply to both the MS in Security Informatics and the Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security. Applicants should indicate their intent to enter the Joint program should indicate that in their statement of purpose.

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State-specific Information for Online Programs

*Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.


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