Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Graduate Certificate

Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The CWMD certificate program is designed to enhance the effectiveness of U.S. government personnel, providing a technical foundational knowledge of the current and future chemical, biological, and nuclear threats facing the nation. This program fills the educational needs for DoD personnel requiring an advanced technical understanding of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapon effects on national priorities and military operations. The program consists of four, distance learning (DL) academic courses intended to educate students in the fundamental scientific knowledge necessary for follow-on study of the production, utilization, effects, and mitigation of WMD. The courses for the program are:

BIOL 597 Biological Weapons Effects and Technology

CHEM 597 Chemical Weapons Materials, Effects, and Technology

NENG 597 Nuclear Weapons Materials, Technology, and Effects

CWMD 596 Physiological Effects of CBRN

Upon the completion of the program students will have developed the technical as well as scientific knowledge, comprehension, and application levels of cognitive learning in countering WMD. All students successfully completing the four-course sequence (16 credit hours) will receive a Graduate Certificate in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. The courses are offered in sequence so a student may complete the certificate in one year of study.

When to Start

The CWMD program enrollment period is for Fall, which means someone wanting to complete the certificate can apply any time for the fall quarter cohort to complete the program. Applications must be received at least six weeks before the projected start date (15 August for Fall). The Registrar maintains the academic calendar for reference.

For more information, contact Dr. Gaiven Varshney, Research Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, at Gaiven.Varshney@afit.edu or (937)255-3636 x4574

Admissions Requirements


  • Air Force officers, enlisted, and US Government employees with current or future work to counter WMD threat
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • A Bachelor's degree* in a science, engineering- or medical-related field of study (e.g., Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Nuclear Engineering, Industrial Hygiene Environmental Science, Physiology, or Epidemiology) 
  • An earned C or better in college algebra (calculus desired)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

*Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, those who do not meet all the above criteria are still encouraged to apply. Cannot waive the requirement for a completed bachelor's degree. 

*All interested students must submit a completed application form, at least 6 weeks prior to start of the entering quarter. Academic eligibility does not guarantee admission to the program. Please, do not send transcripts unless requested to do so by the admissions office. 

Contact Program Administrator

Dr. Anna Bucy, Contractor
Admin and Education Chair, NEAT Center
937.255.3636 ext 4735

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives
1. Apply knowledge and skills to solve problems that arise in the technical work students conduct or supervise.
2. Interpret or perform analysis, conduct collection efforts, and communicate work clearly, working independently and in groups, to provide up-to-date information to decision makers.
3. Learn the details of programs and technologies in new areas of responsibility and apply the skills and tools learned at AFIT to these tasks.
4. Understand the science, phenomenology, and technology involved in countering WMD.
5. Be familiar with common and experimental exploitation tools and technologies.

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Understand the science, phenomenology, and technology involved in countering WMD.
2. Apply advanced concepts to applications in the area of countering WMD.
3. Perform analysis on data with a focus on applications to countering WMD.

Program Chair

Jeremy M. Slagley

Degree Information

Degree Type: Certificate

Delivery Method: Distance Learning

Degree Requirements

The CWMD program consists of four, 10-week academic quarters, attending part-time. Students must complete all four courses, and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.00.

The student must fulfill the course and GPA requirements within 2 years of enrolling and successfully completing the first course. Prospective students should be aware that this is a graduate-level program with an expected time commitment of at least 16 hours per week for each class.

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