Defense Management Foundations

Certificate #192

Starts: Quarterly

Program Area: Defense Systems Management

POC: Program Support

Modality: Distance Learning


This certificate delivers a core of defense-focused management courses to equip students with essential skills for management and leadership roles in the defense establishments of the United States or allied nations. The program prepares graduates to manage organizations, resources, and programs in complex environments. Students choose among foundational courses in organizational leadership; financial management; manpower and economic analysis; operations and logistics; or acquisition management.

This certificate requires the completion of four courses (at least 12 credits) that were not counted for another certificate. This certificate includes five academic areas that provide a variety of perspectives about managing defense organizations. You may choose up to two courses from any one academic area, for a total of four courses.

Courses required

Courses Available
  • MN3303
  • MN3309
  • MN4307
Financial Management
  • Only one of this set:
    • GE4053
    • MN3172
Management and Organizations
  • Only one of this set:
    • GE3010
    • MN4474
    • MN3010
  • MN3118
  • MN4017
  • GE3109
  • GB4012
Manpower and Economics
  • Only one of this set:
    • GE3070
    • GB3070
    • MN3070
  • GE3040
Operations and Logistics
  • GE3042
  • MN3042
  • MN3441

Learning Outcomes

  • Expand understanding about processes that occur in public organizations, apply qualitative and quantitative analysis skills
  • Demonstrate expertise to manage defense organizations
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities that are most valuable for the student's career path

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Academic Calendar

  •  09 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter last day of classes

  •  13 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter final examinations begin

  •  15 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter final examinations end