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Civil-Military Interaction (M-CMI)

HSU / UniBw H and the NATO CIMIC Center of Excellence (CCOE) Externer Link: NATO CIMIC Center of Excellence (CCOE) ( jointly offer a postgraduate degree programme in civil-military interaction. The aim of this programme is to bolster the professional training available for practitioners in the field by an academic option that emphasises transdisciplinary structures and methods to address complex CIMIC scenarios. The programme prepares advanced professionals for a role as a J9  in a JTF command or a comparable civilian function.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, students assume responsibility for the shaping, implementing and directing processes of civil-military interaction in a military command, firm, or organisation. They are familiar with strategic and operational planning as well as with the practical implementation of CIMIC in complex conflict or crisis scenarios. This includes communication, development of the joint picture in the field of civil-military relations and advising senior decision-makers and commanders.

Students critically reflect academic problems in the area of international conflict management, applying scientific methods to the interface between civilian and military activities in this field. This enables them to develop solution concepts in all areas and at all levels of CMI. Based on their practical experience and their academic training, students extend standard methods and concepts, and can communicate policy as well as civil-military interaction measures to laypeople and the society at large.


The programme consists of three distinct phases: 

  1. A foundational phase containing four modules in two groups. The objective of that phase is to inculcate personal competencies in the field of civil-military cooperation and academic methods. Students who have previously completed the CCOE staff worker course and/or other comparable modules at the post-graduate level can receive credit for these modules on application.
  2. An in-depth phase comprising three modules. With the exception of the CIMIC higher command course, the selection of which is compulsory, all other modules in this section are electives. This allows students a certain degree of specialisation within the field of civil-military interaction.
  3. A thesis phase which includes both a scientific seminar and the master's thesis. The large share of this section in terms of credit points reflects the programme's focus on the use, and further development, of scientific methods as they are applied to practical problems in civil-military interaction.

This postgraduate course is part of HSU / UniBw H's futher education programme. All modules with the exception of the CIMIC staff worker and higher command modules consist of two week-end seminars and a distance learning (PBL) phase. Within a section/phase, modules can be taken in any order. HSU / UniBw H will typically offer three appropriate modules per annum, which implies that the course can be completed within two years by students who hold full-time professional jobs.

Enquiries and application

This programme will start in the academic year 2016/17. Application will be continuous. Partner institutions will charge a fee for admission to the modules, HSU / UniBw H's fee is typically € 200 per credit point. Please direct all enquiries to and/or

The next modules at CCOE will run from 14-25 November 2016 (staff worker course) and from 05-16 December 2016 (higher command course). The link to the application form is here. We also have manual describing the requirements for admission and the application procedure.

Links and further information

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