Best Military-Friendly MBA Programs

May 30, 2018

With the G.I. Bill, more and more veterans and active military servicemen/women are looking to advance their careers with a Master of Business Administration. We have compiled a list of 6 colleges that offer the best military-friendly MBA programs.

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An MBA can provide career advancement and the opportunity to gain leadership experience. Veterans and active duty members should look for colleges that consider themselves to be military friendly and offer added benefits for service. Below are some of the colleges that not only offer MBAs but are also military friendly and help you get the most from the G.I. Bill.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location In-State Tuition (2017-2018)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
Dartmouth College 4-year, Private non-profit Hanover, NH $53,368 Yellow Ribbon Program, GI Bill, works with VA
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 4-year, Public Ann Arbor, MI $14,826 Yellow Ribbon Program, GI Bill, works with VA
Cornell University 4-year, Private non-profit Ithaca, NY $52,853 Yellow Ribbon Program, GI Bill, works with VA, Nolan scholarship
Carnegie Mellon University 4-year, Private non-profit Pittsburgh, PA $53,910 Yellow Ribbon Program, GI Bill, works with VA
Duke University 4-year, Private non-profit Durham, NC $53,500 Yellow Ribbon Program, GI Bill, works with VA
Washington University in St. Louis 4-year, Private non-profit St. Louis, MO $51,533 Yellow Ribbon Program, GI Bill, works with VA, private scholarships and grants

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Overview

According to's 2009-2014 stats, the schools below offer MBA programs and have the lowest out-of-pocket cost for veterans and military students. The website ranked the schools according to the amount the student paid out of pocket for schooling with assistance from the school's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, The GI Bill, and assistance and grants from the VA.

Dartmouth College

According to, veteran and military students attaining their MBA at Dartmouth have 100% of their tuition covered. Dartmouth has full participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program with no limitation on the number of students that can benefit. The school's Tuck School of Business and the Center for Business, Government and Society focuses its efforts on government interests and the global economy. A First-Year Project must be completed by all MBA students and gives them the opportunity to collaborate and solve a global issue.

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Like Dartmouth, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor saw military and veteran students graduate their MBA program with 100% of their tuition paid according to The University of Michigan offers their MBA program in a variety of formats to accommodate busy military lifestyles such as full-time, evenings, or weekends. The Ross School of Business focuses on global initiatives and offers many international travel, networking, and collaboration opportunities. It also offers the Student Veteran Association, the Veterans and Military Service Program, and The Armed Forces Association.

Cornell University

Cornell is another university that was found to offer 100% paid tuition for military and veteran students. Cornell's SC Johnson School of Business which offers a full-time MBA, a 2-year MBA, and a faster track 1-yr MBA depending on your previous course completion and work experience. The Johnson School of Business only accepts a small number of students each year in order to provide more personal attention and create a team environment. This University boasts the Nolan Scholarship for military and veterans seeking MBAs, along with participation in the yellow-ribbon program. The Johnson School of Business also has the Association of Veterans student organization.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon is the last school on the list that offers 100% paid tuition for veterans and active military. The Tepper School of Business offers an MBA program as full-time, part-time, or part-time online. The full-time MBA option provides a summer internship. The Tepper curriculum focuses on leadership development and analytical skills, and they offer mini-semesters to allow for more course options. Carnegie Mellon works with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania and participates 100% in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Duke University

According to the study, Duke University saw military and veteran students graduating with 94.4% of their tuition covered. Duke's Fuqua School of Business offers a full-time MBA, a weekend MBA and a 17-week global MBA program with 14 different concentration areas to choose from. The Office of Student Veterans provides educational resources, networking opportunities, and counseling services. Duke also has its own VA Medical Center and is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis was found to offer 91.9% tuition coverage to veterans and military according to The Olin Business School offers a full-time MBA, an MBA for working adults, and two international MBAs located in Shanghai and Mumbai. They offer 5 different concentrations to choose from and a larger than average percentage of elective courses. Washington University has the Office of Military and Veteran Services which developed the campus-wide veterans student association along with the Olin Business School's Veterans Association. This University has limitations to their Yellow Ribbon Program participation but offers several veteran military scholarships and grants.

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