Air Force Institute of Technology

2950 Hobson Way, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765

Nuclear Weapons Effects, Policy, and Proliferation Certificate

Program Details

Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Management offers a Nuclear Weapons Effect, Policy, and Proliferation Certificate program for mid-career Air Force officers, non-commissioned officers, and civilians with current or future assignments in the Air Force and Department of Defense nuclear weapons enterprise. The focus of the program is to provide a graduate education in areas of nuclear weapon effects, nuclear proliferation and technologies, and nuclear weapon strategy and policy to the Air Force’s operational nuclear community.

Students will learn about topics relating to the strategic usage, proliferation, and effects of nuclear weapons and their usage. The curriculum consists of 12 credit hours of classes including nuclear weapons strategy and policy, nuclear weapons and proliferation, and nuclear weapon effects.

Individuals completing the program will have the education expected of nuclear weapons experts, which include understanding the broad range of nuclear topics including weapon effects, key technologies required to develop and sustain a nuclear weapons program, and non-proliferations challenges from the development of the Manhattan project to the present. Students will develop skills necessary to advise and develop new nuclear strategy and policy as world events change.

In addition, students will develop understanding of the technical nature of nuclear weapons in order to utilize and work with the technical communities in the Department of Defense and Department of energy responsible for developing and maintaining nuclear stockpiles. Finally, they will develop understanding of nuclear weapons as a strategy and their utilization as a deterrent for the U.S. and their allies since their inception.

Program Overview:

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    100% Online
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A Bachelor degree is required with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and candidates must have earned a C or better in college level algebra. This program is open to students in residence at AFIT and candidates that are nominated to the program by AETC/A10 in consultation with Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Interested persons outside of this scope must coordinate with AETC/A10 to gain entry.


This certificate is available to US citizens only.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission



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