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United Nations

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in United Nations is designed to improve your knowledge of the United Nations and its global role in conflicts, mediation, diplomacy, peacekeeping, and international law. Knowledge gained from this online certificate program is applicable for careers at the U.N. or other federal agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations providing peacekeeping operations or humanitarian assistance.

Completion of this program may lead to eligibility for a certificate of completion from the Peace Operations Training Institute. Visit the POTI website for more information.

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:

  • Comprehend the theory and politics of conflict, war, mediation, and diplomatic negotiations.
  • Evaluate the potential for conflict in a country or region.
  • Assess the rationale for negotiation and the life cycle of a conflict situation.
  • Explain the various approaches toward United Nations peace operations.
  • Evaluate the development of multiparty mediation and assess the benefits and drawbacks of such an approach.
  • Analyze the complexity and limitations of negotiating across cultures and diverse groups.
  • Describe the distinct nature of conflict in the post-Cold War era.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

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.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*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 that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. 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

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

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.