Major In Global Studies Certificate
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Learn How to Engage Cultures and Communities Around the World with Our Global Studies Certificate Online

Our 100% online Graduate Certificate in Global Studies can help provide crucial training for you to increase your cross-cultural effectiveness. Whether you currently serve internationally or you feel called to work across cultures and borders, our global studies certificate can help take your career to the next level. Throughout our global studies graduate courses, you can gain skills needed to effectively communicate with the world’s diverse cultures. 

Learn more about what makes various countries unique and what links them together. Our Graduate Certificate in Global Studies online program can help prepare you by developing your knowledge of how to communicate cross-culturally, both at home and abroad.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Emergency Management Directors, 2020 (viewed online August 30, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

**Elka Torpey, “Careers in disaster relief,” Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2018 (viewed online August 30, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Potential Career Options with a Graduate Certificate in Global Studies

Our Graduate Certificate in Global Studies can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Disaster relief coordinator
  • Global nonprofit/non-governmental organization (NGO) service worker
  • Global refugee worker
  • Human rights advocate
  • International development/aid worker

The skills that you gain from our global studies program can be an asset in many other aspects of the global service world as you pursue positions of added responsibility. Additionally, the credits from this certificate may transfer directly into the master’s in global studies. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with a Graduate Certificate in Global Studies from Liberty University.

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

What is the difference between a global studies degree and international studies?

A major in global studies will focus on different cultures and methods of engagement within those cultures. An international studies program focuses on how different nations interact with each other. Our global studies certificate looks at both international interaction and personal engagement with other cultures and people groups.

Why Choose Liberty’s Global Engagement Certificate?

Liberty University is dedicated to providing a quality, world-class education so that you can be confident as you prepare to interact with different cultures and societies. As a global studies certificate student at Liberty, you can expect an enriching program with classes that challenge and engage you. Having a deeper understanding of world studies is integral to reaching and engaging others effectively.

We understand you have a busy schedule. That’s why our courses are 100% online with no set login times. Additionally, our program can be completed in as little as 1 or 2 semesters. That way you can jump-start or continue your career in cultural engagement without sacrificing time with your family, church, and community.

At Liberty, your professors have years of experience and are excited to partner with you as you seek to help others in your local community and around the world. With a dedication to your spiritual and academic success, your professors can help prepare you for a career of meaningful outreach and engagement with others.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Graduate Global Studies Certificate Program?

Our global studies graduate certificate online program provides thorough training in the most important aspects of global and intercultural studies. You will study the foundations and history of global studies, techniques for intercultural communication and engagement, and the biblical and theological basis for global involvement. You can gain an understanding of global issues and initiate solutions that foster unity and growth between cultures and communities.

At Liberty, we care about you as an individual, and our professors are dedicated to mentoring and helping you pursue God’s calling for your life. Partner with us and let us help you become a cross-cultural Champion for Christ.

Required Courses 

  • GLST 500 – Global Studies Survey
  • GLST 605 – History and Theory of Global Engagement
  • GLST 650 – Intercultural Communication
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Our Online Global Studies Certificate Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • As an online student, you have the opportunity to network with leaders and experts in the mission field from across the globe.
  • Discounted divinity tuition rate: $2,750 per semester (for 9–15 credit hours).*

*Credits taken below 9 or above 15 hours per semester are charged at the part-time tuition rate.

Our Online Global Studies Graduate Certificate Program Information

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Discounted divinity tuition block rate: $2,475 per semester (for 9-15 credit hours*) – only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time tuition rate.

Admission Requirements for Our Graduate Certificate in Global Studies

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Pastoral contact information
  • Official college transcripts**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.