Enlisting can give you a wide range of valuable skills to utilize through your military and post-military career. Many current soldiers and veterans expand on their skillset by pursuing academic degrees. In this guide, we cover many programs from military-friendly schools in popular fields among active duty soldiers and veterans. Use the following links for information on military-friendly colleges and distance learning:
While not a fully comprehensive list, we’ve outlined several of the most popular fields pursued by current soldiers and veterans alike. Each outline covers important aspects of the field, including career options, earning potential, and available degree programs.
Business development relates to developing and improving opportunities between an organization and other organizations, markets, and customers. Organizational development explores how company structure influences and relates to employees and developing strategies to improve processes and systems.
Homeland security developments law enforcement and intelligence of assess and stopping threats to national security as well as managing crisis management and recovery.
Intelligence analysis prepares students to collect, organize, and assess large amounts of data and develop it into actionable plans for new strategies or opportunities.
Information security careers work to identify threats and weaknesses in a system and develop strategies to prevent or mitigate data compromises.
Technology management provides students with skills necessary for leadership positions within the several fields of technology, like information systems, networks, and databases.
Operations and logistics management explores the working environment when it comes to inventory assessment, quality assurance, supply chain management, and the delivery of products, people, or services.
Project management is a high level approach to leading teams and companies, focusing on time management, task prioritization, cost assessment, and achieving efficient completion times.
Public policy is the application of theories and practices found in economics, political science, and public administration to issues faced within a community, state, or government.
The term military-friendly refers to an institution that is sensitive to the needs of the military population. These schools offer flexible schedules and degree programs, which allows students to study at their own pace and within their own time, which is particularly beneficial for current and former military personnel. Other benefits include the potential for credit based on past coursework or military training, accelerated program options, and sometimes even tuition assistance depending on availability and qualification.
The following accredited schools offer many of the benefits mentioned above. Click on any link in the table to request more information:
Study at home or abroad with Kaplan University's network of over 70 campuses and more than 170 programs — many of which are available online. Kaplan offers reduced tuition rates, fee waivers, and acceptance of military credits. Kaplan is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. To find out more, contact Kaplan University.
Ashford University has several programs military personnel can take advantage of through the G.I. Bill, including the ability to use training towards credits, a supportive staff, and the Ashford Military Grant that you may qualify for. Ashford U is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Ave, Ste 100, Alameda, California 94501, (510) 748-9001, wascsenior.org. To find out more, contact Ashford University.
Liberty University is proud to offer a number of benefits and programs to military men and women. Tuition assistance, book vouchers, and scholarships and grants are just a small portion of these services and the online programs make it possible to study abroad. Liberty is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. To find out more, contact Liberty University.
Southern New Hampshire University
As one of the leading schools in the US in distance learning, Southern New Hampshire University goes the extra mile to serve those who serve for our country. SNHU offers assistance and tuition discounts for soldiers, veterans, Reserve and National Guard members, and even spouses of military members. SNHU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. To find out more, contact Southern New Hampshire University.
Distance learning is any education or course that is received outside of a traditional classroom setting. In more recent years, this term has become almost synonymous with online education, even though the latter refers to a computer-based course specifically. This is especially true now that schools, like Kaplan University, Ashford University, and Liberty University, have expanded their program selection for online degrees.
Many soldiers and veterans use online education as a way to obtain a degree because it provides an efficient and flexible way to pursue higher education and still serve your country. Most programs can be completed without any campus visitation required, and assignments and tests can be completed by the appropriate deadline.
Online programs generally follow the same curriculum as their campus counterparts from the same schools. However, curriculum can still vary greatly from school to school. It is also important to note that online programs are backed by the same accreditation a school has for its on-site degrees.
Accreditation and eligibility are still important factors in online education. Most schools with online programs will accept funding from G.I. Bills. However, you should always contact a school to check your eligibility and to make sure the school’s accreditation and program meets your career needs.