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Strategic Leadership

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Strategic Leadership looks at international contexts that shape the behavior of states and non-state actors, as well as the formulation of strategic developments and geopolitical concerns influencing military planning and execution. In this online program, you will explore the defense policies of nations dealing with Europe and Asia after the fall of the Soviet state. In addition, strategic leadership is examined in light of technological changes in the information age. Knowledge gained in this certificate is useful for leadership positions both within and outside of military organizations. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of strategic leadership 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:

  • Discern and assess the domestic and international contexts that shape the behavior of state and non-state actors, and affect the formulation of national security policies.
  • Explain the history of strategic developments and geopolitical concerns that are influencing military planning and execution from the mid-20th century through the modern era.
  • Compare and contrast the defense policies of nations in Europe and Asia that have had to deal with enormous changes following the East Bloc's collapse.
  • Compose an analysis of the characteristics of leadership common to great military leaders and appraise the decision-making skills that are inbred and/or learned by the great leaders.
  • 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.