Veterans Education

Innovative ideas are becoming a reality.

Syracuse University, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the SUNY Empire State College Foundation are developing specialized coursework for veterans, integrating armed services leadership experience into the development of business management skills. These three programs aim to offer important insights into the development of specialized management training programs for students with an array of career experience and qualifications.

SUNY Empire State

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SUNY Empire State College Foundation (Saratoga Springs)

Credit Where Credit is Due: Veteran and Service Member Pathway to the MBA

April 2012-December 2014



SUNY Empire State College will develop a program which will award graduate-level credit toward an MBA for relevant military training. The program will assign American Council on Education credit values for military training specialties that are relevant to civilian business leadership, reducing the time and tuition costs of program completion for many veterans. The program will also replace a traditional introductory MBA course with one specifically designed to serve veterans transitioning to civilian life and business leadership. The program's overall goal is to ease veterans' transition into civilian business leadership.

Ideas being implemented: Progress update:

Syracuse University

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Veteran Employment through Modified Graduate Management Tracks (VET-MGMT)
July 2012-June 2015

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Whitman School of Management (Whitman) at Syracuse University (SU) will partner to offer customized management certificate and degree programs for veterans. Based on input from employers and collaboration with educators across various sectors, the project will design MBA-credit bearing or certificate coursework tracks from colleges and disciplines to leverage veterans’ technical training and leadership experience in development of business leadership skills. This partnership includes faculty, staff, coursework and operations experience from several Syracuse programs, including the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, the National Security Studies Program, the Global Enterprise Technology Program and the Veterans Technology Program, and from several Syracuse University colleges, including the Falk School, the iSchool, LCSmith College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Law, the Maxwell School, and University College.

Ideas being implemented: Progress update Q4 2015:

USF St. Pete

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University of South Florida at St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg)
Leading in a Civilian Context: A Socially Responsible MBA for Returning Veterans
June 2012-May 2014

The University of South Florida at St. Petersburg will offer an expedited MBA program for veterans, emphasizing the importance of corporate social responsibility. The university will also provide on-going support seminars and a dedicated career counselor to help veterans navigate course selection and search for jobs. This program will demonstrate how veterans' leadership experiences can be translated into strong business management skills.

Ideas being implemented: Final update: