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Joint Warfare

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Joint Warfare is designed for students interested in the theory and practice of military operations from the mid-19th to the 20th century. You’ll study joint warfare theory, practice, planning, strategy, and implementation. Special emphasis includes different dimensions of coalition warfare using case studies, while conventional and unconventional warfare is examined in light of technological change and the information age. This online program is helpful for careers in military service, government agencies, or other organizations that need experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of warfare and its effect on national security and security threats. This online certificate is geared toward graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of joint warfare without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Examine the theory and practice of joint warfare in every major conflict since the mid-19th century with special emphasis on American joint warfare in the 1980s and '90s.
  • Discern and assess the contemporary factors influencing planning for combined and joint operations at the strategic and operational levels of war.
  • Evaluate the doctrinal and technical aspects of joint warfare command and control as well as operational differences among the services.
  • Debate the varied dimensions of coalition warfare and combined operations in both a historical and contemporary perspective.
  • Assess the conventional and unconventional joint warfare of the future in light of technological change and the information age, non-state military threats, rogue regimes, and clashes of culture between regions.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.