Best MBA Programs for Military Officers

Mar 28, 2018

A Master of Business Administration can open doors to a future career in management. Discover MBA programs that welcome veteran officers and provide special programs for career development.

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Military officers have leadership skills and training that can make them good business managers. The schools highlighted here can help you pursue your MBA. We'll explore each school's MBA program, as well as their respective tuition rates and the types of benefits offered to military officers.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location In-State Graduate Tuition (2017-2018)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
Dartmouth College Private not-for-profit 4-year Hanover, NH $51,468 Graduate Veteran Association and Veteran Alumni Association
University of Michigan Public 4-year Ann Arbor, MI $22,368 Veterans Week, PAVE
Cornell University Private not-for-profit 4-year Ithaca, NY $29,500 In-state tuition, Student Veterans Organization
Carnegie Mellon University Private not-for-profit 4-year Pittsburgh, PA $42,563 Dedicated veteran coordinator
University of Nebraska Public 4-year Omaha, NE $4,950 Vet and spouse career services

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Best MBA Programs for Veteran Officers

Military officers may want to consider an MBA to put the polish on their career skills. Each of the following programs have been included on U.S. News & World Report's 2019 list of ''Best Graduate Schools - Business'' and/or ''Best Graduate Schools - Part-Time MBA Programs.''

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business

Dartmouth College has a Graduate Veterans Association and a college-wide student veteran organization. This school also hosts the Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni, which offers professional networking opportunities to undergraduates. The student to teacher ratio at the college is very low, at just 7 to 1, which indicates a commitment to instructor and student interaction and one-on-one attention.

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth offers Master of Business Administration degree programs taught by a world-class faculty. Tuck offers a special certificate program for veterans, the 'Next Step,' which helps them capitalize on their military training and leadership skills.

University of Michigan - Ross School of Business

Veteran military officers will find a welcoming environment at the University of Michigan. The university holds an annual Veterans Week, which features speakers and programs of interest to veterans as well as social and networking opportunities. The University of Michigan also offers in-state tuition and the PAVE program, which is a peer-to-peer mentoring program. The university offers college credits for applicable military experience as well.

The Ross School of Business offers a number of MBA programs, including full-time, weekend, and evening programs, as well an international-focus MBA. MBA students at Ross begin their studies with the Impact Challenge, a four-day team experience designed to kick-start students' creativity and leadership skills.

Cornell University - Johnson School of Management

Cornell University offers in-state tuition to veterans as well as a dedicated staff for veterans affairs. The school has a student veterans organization. Cornell also has distance learning programs at the graduate level.

The Johnson School of Management prides itself on a flexible approach to business studies that is also cross-disciplinary. The school features special Military Preview events to help veteran officers network and find out about the programs. There is a veterans' scholarship supported by the veterans alumni fund, as well as the Peter and Stephanie Nolan Veterans Scholarship, which is available to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans applying to the management school. The school also has the Johnson Veterans Club, which conducts outreach to potential military veterans interested in enrolling in the Johnson School of Management.

Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business

Carnegie Mellon University has a dedicated veterans coordinator to help students navigate through the college system. The Tepper School of Business also hosts the Tepper Veterans Club, which supports MBA student veterans from the admissions process through to the search for employment. Tepper is a member of the Military MBA program, which seeks to capitalize on military officers' leadership and training with business management education that makes the most of those skills.

Tepper School of Business is about to open the Tepper Quad in August 2018. This new home for the Tepper School of Business will highlight the school's global reach and aspirations. Tepper offers MBA concentrations in a range of areas, including economics, finance, strategy and marketing.

University of Nebraska - College of Business Administration

The University of Nebraska offers a number of benefits to veterans, including veteran and spouse career services, and a Vets in Tech Learning Community. It also features distance education classes, an active student veterans organization, and dedicated staff for veterans services. It has a deployment policy that offers veterans' much-needed flexibility.

The university's College of Business Administration allows students to tailor the MBA program with a number of concentrations. Students may focus on the business aspects of healthcare, analytics, human resources, supply chain management, investment, or international business. Students may also pursue dual degrees.

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