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The Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) resides at MacDill Air Force Base, FL. With active duty, reserve, and civilian faculty members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, JSOU delivers unique SOF educational opportunities through in residence courses and integration of SOF curriculum with service Professional Military Education Schools.

OUR MISSION prepare Special Operations Forces (SOF) to shape the future strategic environment by providing specialized joint professional military education, developing SOF specific undergraduate and graduate level academic programs and by fostering special operations research, analysis and outreach in support of USSOCOM objectives.

Please take the time to read our President's Welcome Message and our University History.

JSOU Future Concept, Academic Handbook,
and Factbook now available!

In addition to the Compentency Model Explanation, & the JSOU Strategic Plan, these new materials are now ready for review. Please click on the links below to access this valuable information. Thank you for your interest in JSOU and educating the Joint SOF Warrior!

--The Joint Special Operations University Future Concept reviews the commissioned study of current and future joint SOF education requirements. The report proposes an integrated and coordinated education network that provides for an exchange of knowledge and education with SOF components and their school houses, the Theater Special Operations Commands, Department of Defense Regional Centers, the Joint and Service PME Institutions, and selected civilian academic universities and colleges. JSOU's Future Concept brings together both the vision of joint SOF education and JSOU's lead in educating joint warrior diplomats.

--The Joint Special Operations University Factbook provides a summary of academic courses, educational programs and student demographics for academic year 2011. Our annual report reflects the major accomplishments in the area of Interagency Education, Irregular Warfare Education, International Education Engagement, and the Joint SOF Senior Enlisted Academy.

--The Joint Special Operations University Academic Handbook 2012-2013, is a handbook that offers a summary of JSOU courses and links to other institutions that provide joint SOF related courses.



 Co-sponsored by the


Joint Special Operations University (JSOU)


The Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) Division of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)


This contest has now closed.  The President of JSOU and the Board of Directors of NDIA’s SO/LIC Division are pleased to announce the first place winner, Colonel Cory Peterson.  His essay was titled, The Use of Special Operations Forces in Support of American Strategic Security Strategies.

Click here to view the JSOU and NDIA SO/LIC Division Essay Contest First Place Essay   




 USSOCOM Research Library


The USSOCOM Research Library under JSOU has 2 locations: the Main Library at HQ USSOCOM and the Satellite Library on the JSOU campus. The library collection consists of over 8,000 SOF related items including books, e-books, audiobooks, audio downloads, video recordings, periodicals and databases. Our librarians provide research guidance and database instruction. For more information, please call 813-826-4663. Click Here for Library Website. 




 Please visit the Publications section to see

 all the research available from JSOU Press.








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The Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) invites nominees for the 2015 Graduate Certificate in Advanced Special Operations Studies program.  This graduate certificate includes four separate graduate-level courses, conducted twice per year in Tampa, FL and other USSOCOM locations.     

Courses are offered in a blended format (online and resident) with the online portion of the course beginning one week prior to the resident portion through the JSOU E-Campus.  The resident dates of the four courses for the 2015 are listed below:   

Evolution of U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOS 5651): 

  • 13 – 30 January 2015:  Little Creek, VA 
  • 13 – 31 July 2015:  Tampa, FL 

Strategic Utility of Special Operations (SOS 5453): 

  • 18 February – 04 March 2015:  Coronado, CA 
  • 19 August  – 02 September 2015:  Little Creek, VA 

International and Interagency Special Operations (SOS 5350) 

  • 17 – 31 March 2015:  Tampa, FL 
  • 14 – 28 October 2015:  Coronado, CA 

Employment of Special Operations Course (SOS 5655): 

  • 04 – 15 May 2015:  Tampa, FL 
  • 09 – 20 November 2015:  Tampa, FL 

To view course description, prerequisites and registration requirements, access the JSOU public web site at the following URL -, select Courses and select the desired course.  The course page provides additional instructions, to include contact information, for those desiring to pursue the graduate certificate.   

For certificate and registration questions, contact the JSOU Registrar,