Concentrations & Certificates

European Union (Certificate)

In 1998, the European Union designated the University of Missouri as one of ten European Union Centers in the United States. Our sister European Union Centers are located at a number of institutions, including Harvard University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill/Duke University, the University of Southern California & the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a European Union Center, the University of Missouri is developing outreach programs, encouraging curriculum development and supporting European Union research efforts to develop a better understanding of the EU by individuals, businesses and governmental entities throughout the Midwest.

Designed to complement existing degree programs, this Graduate Certificate will give students an intimate understanding of the European Union, its policies and how the trans-Atlantic agenda between the EU and the United States is shaping our economic, scientific, and political relations with the European Union.

Interested students may participate in this Certificate Program as a part of their JD studies. This can be accomplished without adding additional classes and without altering existing graduation requirements.

The EU Graduate Certificate Program

Designed to complement existing degrees, the Graduate Certificate Program consists of 12 credit hours of study to be completed in a variety of settings over four semesters. A portion of the coursework takes place via the electronic classroom, allowing students to pursue their Certificate while maintaining work responsibilities or completing other degree programs. Students typically begin their studies during the winter semester, though the program is flexible to accommodate different scheduling needs.

  • Foundation Course: Policies and Institutions of the European Union.
    Learn about the emerging European identity and current issues facing the EU and the US. Students analyze the social, political, and economic structures of the EU and their implications for US policy. This is typically the first course taken, and is always offered during the winter semester.
  • Research Course: Investigating Transatlantic Policies and Relations.
    Based upon initial research conducted in the foundation course, students will develop an analytical framework and apply it to policy areas of importance to the European Union and the United States. This course is usually taken during the summer semester to facilitate overseas research.
  • Specialization course: Course of your choice.
    In the fall semester, students take a three-credit course relevant to their academic or professional interests. Students select an area of study from among the following academic disciplines: i) agricultural economics; ii) rural sociology; iii) political science; iv) health management & informatics; v) journalism; vi) public administration; vii) economics; and viii) law.
  • Capstone Course: The European Union Experience.
    This course begins in the fall semester and continues in the winter semester. Students enroll for 1.5 hours each semester and meet weekly with professors involved in the activities of the EU Center and its teachings. The course is designed to allow students to discuss and present their EU-related research, discuss current EU and transatlantic affairs, and participate in conferences at the University of Missouri and beyond.

Law students participating in the certificate program are limited to counting a total of six non-law credits from the three EU courses mentioned above toward JD graduation. However, doing so exhausts a law student’s non-law course privilege. Since the Foundation Course is not taught in the School of Law, a law student has to take either the Specialization Course or the Research Course in the School of Law. It is expected that the majority of law students will take 578L, European Union Law, as their Specialization Course. It is also expected that the majority of students will conduct research through the School of Law, although the Research Course may be taken in or outside of the School of Law. A student may take all three courses outside the Law School if he or she is willing not to count three of the credits toward the JD degree.

Students may take the full six credits outside the School of Law for JD graduation credit only if they actually complete the EU certificate program. Students who do not complete the certificate program will be limited to counting three credits of the EU courses toward JD graduation.


Students should request application materials from the Admissions Coordinator at the European Union Center. Applications for the certificate program are accepted on a rolling basis. As soon as possible after admission to the EU Graduate Certificate Program, students should file a Statement of Intention to pursue the European Union Certificate with the Associate Dean of the School of Law.

This brochure is not a contract. Actual course offerings and requirements are subject to change. Student honors and class ranks at the School of Law will be computed on classes enrolled in as law courses. The School of Law reserves the right to limit participation in the program, including dismissal.