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Military Families

Undergraduate Certificate


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Applied Science & Technology

Program Details

The Undergraduate Certificate in Military Families provides a specific, interdisciplinary understanding of the issues facing modern military families. Through this program, you will cultivate skills for working with military members and their families. 

The intention of this program is to educate current and future professionals regarding military cultural and leadership factors, along with normative family processes, stresses and coping strategies. In this program, you will explore military culture and topics related to military culture. This includes understanding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), how frequent relocations and deployments impact military families and more. 

Through an appreciation of the unique experiences of military members and their families, you will be prepared to better serve this population in careers such as human services program leader or community veterans services. 

This certificate includes coursework that addresses skill-building in trauma-informed care, as well as coursework and experience in leadership, advocacy and mentoring.

Open to current undergraduate, junior and senior students completing a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. 2.5 GPA, an application form, a statement of purpose and a personal interview is required for admission. Also open to 'Certificate Only' students.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


This certificate requires completion of:

HUSV 411: Understanding the Modern United States Military Family
AED 420: Leadership, Mentoring, Advocacy: Principles & Practices
HUSV 460: Trauma Informed Care
HUSV 498A: Senior Capstone



Earning your Undergraduate Certificate in Military Families will build core skills, including:

  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Stress Management
  • Signs of trauma recognition
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Deep listening
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Empathy
  • Service orientation
  • Active learning
  • Peer support

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Military Families program will be prepared to pursue career-specific professional development in working with military families and pursue careers as:

  • Front-Line Care Providers
  • Emergency Responders
  • Human Services Professionals
  • Social Worker
  • Counselors
  • Family Therapy
  • Veterans Association
  • Behavioral Health
  • Advocate
  • Case Manager
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Health Educator