Welcome, Service Members!
Transitioning to KU
- Apply to KU (Note: ACT/SAT scores are NOT needed if you're over 21 years old.)
- We offer undergraduate application fee waivers for military. When applying as a degree-seeking student, select your military affiliation. A fee waiver option will then show up later in the application. To verify military status, submit a copy of your orders, AARTS, SMARTS or DD-214 to the Office of Admissions via email, fax (785-864-5017) or mail.
- KU awards some college credit for military courses. Visit the KU credit transfer page and look for the “military service credit” section for more details. To get credit for military courses, order a copy of your military transcripts from the JST system. (Air Force – get yours from the CCAF).
- You may be eligible for foreign language proficiency credits, credit from CLEP exams, and/or credit for high school work: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (regardless of when you graduated high school). Visit the Credit and Exemption for High School Work page to learn more.
- Once admitted, freshmen/new students: Learn more about next steps for freshmen, including signing up for orientation and enrolling in classes.
- Once admitted, transfer students: Once you're admitted to KU, expect a call from a KU Navigator who will help you get set up and connect you with an advisor. Learn more about next steps for transfer students.
- Learn more about applying to graduate school
- Please note: Application fee waivers for graduate students are up to each individual school/program. We are aware of the following fee waivers. Visit their sites to learn more:
- Full-time enrollment policy for active duty
- Once admitted: Learn more about next steps for graduate students.
- Steps to using GI Bill benefits at KU. Includes information on
- Ch. 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty
- Ch. 33 - Post 9-11 GI Bill
- Frequently asked questions about using benefits
- VA Work Study – on-campus jobs in the Military-Affiliated Student Center for GI Bill users. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more.
Start with your Education Service Officer/counselor prior to enrolling to determine eligibility. Not sure who that is? Talk with your NCO or:
- Army: your assigned Education Services Specialist (ESS) is the primary source for info an assistance pertaining to Federal TA. To reach your ESS, contact your servicing education center or visit ArmyIgnitED.
- Coast Guard ESO contacts
Academic Programs for Military Personnel
KU is one of eight DoD Language Training Center universities ans has been designated an LTC since 2013. KU is a leader in the field of foreign language instruction, boasting five area studies centers and offering more languages than any university between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains.
For more information, visit the KU Language Training Center.
Learn more about the following programs:
- Foreign Area Officer programs: Providing courses in over 40 foreign languages and supported through five regional study centers, KU offers 12-18 month MA programs for FAOs in the Americas, Europe, Eurasia, China, North Africa, Middle East, North Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. KU is one of the few universities nationwide that responded to the Army requirement and successfully developed multiple one-year MA programs for FAOs.
- Master of Public Administration: The MPA is the professional degree for those who seek leadership positions in public service. The MPA is designed to develop the skills necessary to confront society’s most important problems.
- Masters in Digital Content Strategy: This program trains graduates to find, use and analyze information and data to solve organizational problems. Build skills you can use immediately while broadening your thinking and encouraging a mindset for adapting to the ever-changing digital landscape. With certificates in Social Media Strategy and Data Interpretation and Communication, you can become the information expert in your organization.
- Masters in Applied Behavioral Science: Applied behavioral scientists and researchers impact our society and culture in a variety of areas, including social work, public health, law enforcement, special and regular education, medicine, and psychology. Practitioners in this field improve how people learn, work and live. As a pioneering institution in behavioral research and practice, the University of Kansas is an ideal place to further your studies in this field and prepare you for a career of helping others.
- MBA - Petroleum Management: The MBA with a concentration in Petroleum Management combines a unique curriculum of master’s level business and engineering courses. It meets the requirements of active-duty U.S. Naval Supply Corps officers who have been selected by the Navy 811 program.
KU Programs offered in Leavenworth
Leavenworth offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs available for completion at your convenience. Students can pursue KU coursework that can be completed within 10 months through accelerated programming and flexible class times to fit the busy schedules of working adults and military careers. Visit the Leavenworth page or the respective links below for more details on the following programs:
- Master of Science in Homeland Security: Law & Policy (City of Leavenworth): This MS degree is one of the nation's only graduate degrees in Homeland Security to be offered within a School of Law. This highly interdisciplinary degree prepares officers to develop policies, strategies, plans and programs to reduce America's vulnerability to the full range of homeland security threats and potential catastrophic events.
- Master of Science in Business & Organizational Leadership (City of Leavenworth): This program complements CGSC's leadership curriculum by introducing officers to strategic leadership. The curriculum incorporates relevant, practical knowledge balanced across the tenets for leading and managing people and organizations -- talent management and development, team-building and organizational leadership, strategic direction and change, and leadership.
- Master of Engineering or Master of Science in Project Management (City of Leavenworth): These degrees are designed to prepare officers to advance their careers in the military, and afterwards, to thrive in the civilian world of project management. The program emphasizes the strategic role that PM plays in the performance of global organizations and provides them with the full spectrum of PM concepts and methodologies, including portfolio and program management, technical delivery, agile, and change management.
- Master of Science in Business - Supply Chain Management and Logistics (Fort Leavenworth): Developed in conjunction with the CGSC's Department of Logistics & Resource Operations, the MS-SCM provides officers with the opportunity to expand their future potential with a specialized degree in Supply Chain Management. The KU curriculum complements the quality training and experience military logisticians typically enjoy, while providing a broader, civilian economy focus.
- Master of Arts in Global and International Studies - Interagency Track(Fort Leavenworth): Developed in conjunction with USASOC and the CGSC SOF Element, this program was specifically designed for officers in the SOF community, but is applicable to any officer who is preparing to work within the complex interagency governmental process.
Looking at an enlisted-to-officer program and want to earn your degree from KU? Reach out to your respective ROTC department directly for more information/assistance:
Advanced Education Programs (AEP) incorporate a variety of sub-programs through which military personnel can pursue fully funded masters or doctoral degrees. These sub-programs include:
- Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS)
- Expanded Graduate School Program (EGSP), which include:
- Commanders Program and Menu of Incentives (MOI)
- Graduate School for Active Duty Service Obligation (GrADSO)
- Performance Based Graduate School Incentive Program (PB-GSIP)
The Advanced Education Program requires certain documentation from the university to complete the eligibility and acceptance packets. These documents include:
- Letter of Acceptance. The letter of acceptance needs to list the specific program you are attending, contain the university letterhead, and signature block from the university admissions office. To obtain a letter of acceptance, apply to KU.
- Application for Detail as Student at Civilian Educational Institution (DA 2125). This document outlines you proposed class schedule and timeline for degree completion. A signature from an Academic Advisor in your graduate program is required on the document to validate the schedule and timeline. You can obtain this once you have been admitted.
- Tuition Agreement. This document lays out all the costs of the program by semester and needs to match your proposed class schedule. The agreement needs to include a registrar office letterhead and signature from a registrar official. Once you have your proposed class schedule from your advisor, contact the MASC for assistance.
If you have trouble obtaining any documentation or have any questions and don't know where to start, please contact the MASC for assistance.
Programs & Resources for Students
- KU Student Veterans of America – student organization open to all KU students. Service and leadership opportunities to help advance military-affiliated students' interests on campus
Kansas Law School Military and Veterans Society – for all KU students interested in attending law school and currently in law school.
Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall at the Dole Institute
Located in 345 Summerfield Hall, we offer study and meeting spaces, computers, CAC readers, a 24-7 lounge, dedicated staff to provide support tailored to all military-affiliated students, and more. Learn more about the center.
Health Insurance from the Military
TRICARE beneficiaries: The on-campus Watkins Health Center is not an in-network provider, but students can receive some services for free or reduced rates. Learn more about TRICARE and Watkins Health Center.