December 19, 2017  |  Meg O’Grady, Vice President for Military and Public Sector Solutions, Purdue Global

This October, the Purdue Global Military Affairs team took part in the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. This conference, which is the largest gathering of soldiers each year, was the perfect forum for us to announce Purdue Global’s PME2DegreeTM program. In short, Purdue Global will be able to offer a degree option for EVERY soldier at EVERY skill level. This is so much more than a review of a soldier’s military training—it’s a holistic educational approach that optimizes the training that each soldier already receives, and ensures that they have the education to help them succeed in their careers, in uniform and out.

The PME2Degree is designed to offer an educational option for every soldier. All Army occupational specialties (MOS) qualify for at least 15 credits toward Purdue Global’s Online Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice degree program. In addition, many MOS have been evaluated and awarded, which could reduce coursework by a maximum of 73% for a variety of other degree programs.* Our review is comprehensive and assures the required outcomes to earn a degree are either achieved through military service or through coursework in a degree plan. We are proud to provide a lifelong learning path which enables soldiers to stack their education, expediting the work towards their next degree.

According to a Department of Defense report, the average time to earn an associate’s degree is 7 years for a military member. With the skills soldiers have already mastered, our average military graduate is awarded 55% of the credits needed for an associate’s degree and approximately 43% of the credits for a bachelor’s degree. The results are significant, and a game changer for soldiers at all skill levels.

In addition to serving our soldiers, we also support our military families. We know that when a soldier is serving his or her country, so is their family, and we believe that this service is an asset, not a detriment, to educational opportunity. Nearly 30% of Purdue Global students are military affiliated.

Personally, as an Army spouse for 20 years and the proud mom of an Army kid, I’ve experienced firsthand how our mobile military lifestyle can present a very real challenge to the education and career goals of our service members and their families. That’s why I truly believe in the quality and flexibility of the military education programs at Purdue Global.

Purdue Global values the training, experience, and ethos that soldiers and their families bring to the classroom. Their commitment to a mission bigger than themselves is abundantly clear in the spirit and dedication that they devote to their education.  At Purdue Global, we are committed to providing the educational opportunity that soldiers and their families have earned.

About the Author

Meg O’Grady, Vice President for Military and Public Sector Solutions, Purdue Global

Purdue Global delivers a fully personalized, world-class education online that's tailored for adults. We offer 175 programs, including associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees as well as certificates, in areas such as business, IT, education, health sciences, nursing, criminal justice, and more.

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*Based on a member of the military who transfers in 65 quarter credit hours (the maximum amount of credit). Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in the University Catalog, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.

Source: Voluntary Education Program Readiness (Force Education & Training), United States Department of Defense, on the Internet at

Average Military College Credit Award: Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year. Includes all types of prior learning (military and other articulations, transfer credit from prior institutions) as well as experiential portfolio credit. Credit earned in an associate’s degree program through Purdue Global applied earlier as part of a pool of prior degree credit is not included in this calculation. The actual percentage may be slightly higher for students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs. Individual experiences will vary. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See University Catalog for Prior Learning policy. Speak to an Admissions Advisor to find out how many credits may be eligible to transfer.