Global Issues

Learn to analyze contemporary global issues and their impact on work at the local level. In a time of rapid globalization and increasing cultural diversity, you’ll learn to recognize connections between the local and the global, cultivating a nuanced approach to the impact of global change and multiculturalism in a variety of professional contexts.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 11
Term Length
10 Weeks
6 Course Certificate
As few as 12 months
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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You'll Learn

Enhance professional practices through an understanding of global interconnectedness

Leverage cultural competency in professional environments

Analyze global events from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints


Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Global Issues requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Sample Schedule

Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 0 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0

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We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Global Issues

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofits, and charities continue to grow worldwide. According to a recent Global NGO Online Technology Report, there are 10 million NGOs worldwide, and there are 1.4 million NGOs in the U.S. that employ 11.4 million Americans.

More than 70% of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States, inspiring businesses to venture overseas, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Career openings continue to grow for professionals who possess sophisticated knowledge of timely global issues and trends and have the ability to work effectively across diverse organizational structures.

Job Titles

Cross-Cultural Trainer
Business Consultant
International Relations Specialist
NGO Director
Program Officer
Policy Analyst
Public Affairs Manager

Program Officer Salary: National Average


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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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