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

  • Strategic geography and geopolitics
  • Strategic military leadership
  • Great military leaders and their characteristics
  • Creation of military strategy and its role in politics
  • Decision-making skills of leaders past and present
  • Forces shaping future military conflicts
  • Non-state military threats and rogue regimes
  • Effects of globalization upon U.S. national security
  • Clashes of culture between regions

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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 AMU 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 AMU 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, AMU 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

AMU 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.

School of Security & Global Studies


School of Security & Global Studies

This program resides in the American Military University School of Security & Global Studies where many of the university’s flagship programs were created by experts from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and private businesses throughout the world. The programs taught in the School of Security & Global Studies truly embody our Educating Those Who Serve motto because many of our students come from active-duty military and federal, state, and local government agencies.

The AMU faculty is committed to helping you apply educational theories to real-world challenges in preparation for leadership opportunities in criminal justice, public safety, public administration, national security, and more. Many of our professors are highly credentialed and respected leaders in their fields and currently work in the U.S. government.

At AMU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and service commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with classmates and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect – a strong benefit for deployed personnel.

We encourage you to browse the School of Security & Global Studies webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you