The Certificate Program

The objective of the program is to educate students and post-graduate professionals about nuclear nonproliferation from both the social science and the engineering perspectives. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the technical and policy challenges to developing and implementing robust international nuclear nonproliferation regimes. Their education will be supported by assignments designed to reinforce understanding of that subject matter, class projects which cover key areas such as proliferation case studies and physical security simulations, as well as interactions with subject matter experts in nuclear nonproliferation technology and policy.

This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students at NCSU, students at other institutions of higher education, and post-graduate professionals seeking to expand their educational credentials.


To earn the certificate, you will complete an interdisciplinary mix of four semester-long courses in Nuclear Engineering and Political Science. The eligible courses are listed at the end of this announcement.  Note that many of the courses are offered online to enable off-campus students and post-graduate professionals to earn the certificate via distance education.

Certificate applicants will compose a study plan identifying the four courses they will take to earn the certificate. Nominally, you will take two courses in Nuclear Engineering and two in Political Science; the study plan will be reviewed and approved by the certificate program director.

How to Apply

Degree-seeking students at NCSU should apply to the program by completing the Certificate Plan Form; send the application to the certificate program director (Dr. John Mattingly,

Students at other institutions and post-graduate professionals should apply to the program by following this link and clicking “Apply.”

Detailed instructions describing the required application documents are attached.

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This certificate program is an excellent opportunity for you to expand your education in the science and policy of nuclear nonproliferation and contribute to the future implementation of international nonproliferation regimes.


Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy
Eligible Courses

Course Semester
NE504: Radiation Safety and Shielding Fall
NE505: Reactor Systems Spring
NE512: Nuclear Fuel Cycle Fall
NE520: Radiation and Reactor Fundamentals Fall
NE521: Principles of Radiation Measurement Fall
NE541: Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology and Policy Spring
NE723: Reactor Analysis Fall
NE751: Nuclear Reactor Design Calculations Fall (odd years)
NE770: Nuclear Radiation Attenuation Fall (even years)
NE795: Characterization of Special Nuclear Material Spring (even years)
PS531: International Law Spring
PS533: Global Problems and Policies Spring
PS539: International Political Economy Fall
PS5**: Science, Technology, & International Security Fall
PS5**/NE5**: Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy & Process Spring
PA507: The Public Policy Process Spring
PA511: Public Policy Analysis Fall
PS5**: Nuclear Weapons Strategy and Proliferation Fall