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How to Get a Master's Degree in the Military

December 5, 2012

If you're in the military, there is no reason why you can't continue getting your college degree. Whether you're just starting out with your college experience or you already have a bachelor's degree and are looking to advance the degree, you can get assistance and find the time to complete your master's degree. There are many resources available to you as someone in the military which will be explained below.

Locate the Education Center

Most military installations will have an Education Center near the installation library that provides resources and assistance for anyone wanting to get their college degree. Speak to administration and tell them about your desire to get your master's degree. This is a great place to start because they will provide you with information like financial assistance and applying for colleges.

Tuition Assistance

If you have visited the Education Center, you have likely found out about their tuition assistance program. Go ahead and apply for it. This is often the quickest and easiest way to apply for and be approved for tuition assistance when you're in the military. Be sure to state on the application your branch of military, that you want a master's degree and what area of study your main focus is on. This is also helpful because you can get a letter of release that releases you from military duty while you're in class. You will also find other forms of tuition assistance to get your master's degree including student loans, scholarships, and grants. Your local Veteran's Affairs office might also provide information about getting financial assistance.

Find a School and Enroll

Now that you have financial assistance planned out, you can begin looking for schools and enrolling. If you're on active duty currently, you will need to find a local school. You can either attend classes in person or online. By completing part or all of your master's degree online, you have more opportunity to choose from different colleges rather than ones that are local. It also helps you balance work and school and gives you more freedom about when you complete assignments, study, and complete other school-related tasks.

Complete your Coursework

To get a master's degree, you will be required to get a certain amount of units and specific classes for the type of degree you want. Be sure to check in with your school adviser often to be sure you're signing up for the right classes and are following the correct course toward getting your master's degree.

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