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.

The curriculum for this online graduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Strategy creation, processes, and applications
  • Joint warfare theory, practice, planning, and implementation
  • Combined or joint operations at the strategic and operational levels
  • Doctrinal aspects of command and control
  • Types of doctrines, their development, and influence on conflicts
  • Military force and conflict resolution
  • Triggers of war

This online certificate is geared toward graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of joint warfare without committing to a degree program.

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

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

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