Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies

The Takshashila Institution is proud to launch a new online certification programme, the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies (GCSS). The programme begins on 17 February 2018 and follows the continuing success of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP) programme, which began in January 2012 and has over five hundred graduates till date.

The 12-week programme is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of Strategic Studies and policy analysis and includes a course on Arthashastra. Engagement with and analyses of international affairs makes this programme highly suitable for professionals looking to advance their careers in the fields of foreign affairs, policy making, research, and journalism, amongst others.

GCSS is an online programme, allowing participants to learn from anywhere in the world, and while working.

The pioneer batch commences on 17 February 2018.
The last date to submit applications is 14 February 2018.

Apply Now

The programme is designed with three courses –

  • Course 1 Basics of Strategic Studies – Concepts and Methods
  • Course 2 Arthashastra: Indian Strategic Thought
  • Course 3 Introduction to Policy Analysis

Each course will include readings and videos, along with live webinars and assignments. In addition, students get to attend two interactive workshops which include lectures and participation in a crisis simulation exercise.


The GCSS is designed and guided by:

Lt. Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, (PVSM, AVSM, VSM), former Commandant of the National Defence College, New Delhi. He has served as the Military Adviser and Officer on Special Duty as Secretary to Government of India in the National Security Council Secretariat at New Delhi from 2011 to 2017. He is the current Director of the Strategic Studies Programme at the Takshashila Institution.

Nitin Pai, Director and Co-Founder of Takshashila.

The core faculty will comprise experts on Indian strategic thought, western strategic thought, economic reasoning, and policymaking.

Apply Now

Who Should Take This Course?

Persons interested in acquiring skill sets through understanding the nuances of the toolkits of statecraft with emphasis on the role of force, geopolitics, economics, foreign policy, diplomacy, technology and strategic communications.

These skill sets will be useful for professionals dealing with security, defence and strategic affairs, students of political science and international affairs, journalists and anybody interested in discerning the forces at play on the national and international stage.

To know more about Strategic Studies and who you can benefit from the GCSS programme you can listen to the recording of the Q&A on Studying Geostrategy with Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon.

Outcomes that Matter

GCSS provides foundational knowledge on strategic culture. Students will study the role of power in an anarchic world and factors that influence a state’s foreign policy and military strategy.

The interdisciplinary nature of this programme allows students to engage with and analyse broad themes in international affairs. Students will polish their analytical thinking and writing skills, making them relevant to research institutes, ministries, universities, media outfits, and non-governmental organisations. An insight into decision-making will also help students become informed and active citizens.

Schedule and Structure

The programme comprises 12 weeks of blended learning and is designed to be conducted remotely using an online Learning Management System (LMS), so participation only requires reasonable internet connectivity.

To successfully complete the programme and receive the certificate, a student must:

  • Complete three courses
  • Participate in two weekend contact workshops
  • Pass a composite final examination

Students who complete all other requirements but are unable to attend both workshops will receive a Citation of Completion of Studies instead of the certificate. Students can attend workshops with future batches in case they miss one, and receive their certificate with future batches.

Fees Structure

Course Fees:  30,000/- plus 18% GST
For Full-time students:  20,000/- plus 18% GST
Application fees:  500/-

Apply Now

The pioneer batch commences on 17 February 2018. The last date to submit applications is 14 February 2018.

We have limited scholarships to enable deserving candidates to take the course. For more details, refer to our FAQs.

Learning from the Best

The faculty and guest speakers are drawn from Takshashila’s global network of academic experts, practitioners and experienced professionals. This provides students the opportunity to explore the theoretical, practical and ethical dimensions of issues and challenges that have shaped and continue to shape the geopolitical world.


The GCSS Programme is not approved by UGC, AICTE or any other government authority. At this time, the GCSS is not officially recognised as a qualification for government employment. Please read the terms and conditions before applying.

For any information please write to:


Frequently Asked Questions     |      Terms and Conditions