September 13, 2018  |  Purdue Global  |  Updated June 12, 2020

Purdue Global understands that going back to school is filled with uncertainty. We want you succeed in your education goals. To help you along that path, we’ve put together this article outlining the major steps a veteran of the military needs to take to attend online college with Purdue Global.

1. Research Careers and Relevant Education

Your first step is to determine which careers interest you. You may wish to read Purdue Global's "Career Guide for Military Veterans" to learn more about fields that may match well with the skills learned in the military. Once you know which field you want to enter, then you need to find out the education requirements for that field.

Purdue Global Tip: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts out a publication called the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Use it to find information on hundreds of occupations, including typical job duties, commonly required level of education and training, average salaries, and job growth outlook.

2. Learn About the Degree Programs at Purdue Global

Purdue Global offers 175 online programs tailored to the needs of busy working adults, including military duties. We offer certificate programs, associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees—even a doctorate in nursing—in a variety of areas, including:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Fire Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Studies
  • Nursing
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Your military training may greatly reduce the number of courses needed to earn a degree. On average, military graduates are awarded 45% of credit needed for a bachelor’s degree and 54% for an associate’s degree.

Once you find the degree program that matches your career interests and if you’re interested in attending Purdue Global, move on to the next step.

3. Get in Touch With a Military Advisor

Purdue Global is staffed by special advisors who are well-acquainted with the needs of military students, and one will get in touch with you to further discuss the program that interests you and how to apply. You can fill out this form to get started. An advisor will set up a review of your military transcripts to determine how much credit your military service has earned you.

This Is Key: You may be eligible to receive college credit for your military training and work experience, which means you can save time and money as you earn your degree. Your military advisor will walk you through the evaluation process for this.

4. Review Your Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits

If you’re eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, you can use them at Purdue Global. Again, your military advisor can help you access any education benefits you may be entitled to. 

Note: If you’re eligible, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay up to the highest tuition rate and fees of any public college. Purdue Global is a public university and as such, tuition is covered 100%.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

5. Enroll and Start Your Education Journey

By now, you have:

  • Identified the career you want to pursue
  • Found the Purdue Global degree program that can help you get there
  • Been in touch with a special military advisor, who has advised you on credit for military experience and prior learning and your GI Bill® benefits
  • Completed the application process

After you have completed these steps you’ll be ready to enroll. You are on your way to learning the skills to achieve your career goals. Our flexible online programs enable you to balance education with your work and family responsibilities, and our Career Services team will help with career planning, job searching, networking, and more.

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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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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.