Military Applicants

In the competitive job market, you must be prepared to stand out or stand down. Military members may count on receiving the individual attention and support they need to succeed at Florida State University’s College of Business. Choose from our six master’s degree programs on campus, online, part time or full time at an accelerated pace.

Consider this:

  • The College of Business ranks No. 21 overall, No. 18 among public schools, on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list of “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.”
  • The College of Business secured the No. 11 spot among all public and private schools surveyed for “Best for Vets: Business Schools,”  a 2017 rankings list by Military Times.
  • Florida State University is recognized as one of the “Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Schools” for 2018 by U.S. Veterans Magazine.
  • The university won a national award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in 2014 for exceptional progress in increasing its retention and graduation of veterans during the past three years. Over the past five years, the number of veterans entering Florida State who were retained into their second year averaged 98 percent.
  • The AACSB-accredited College of Business is also listed among GI Jobs’ annual list of military-friendly schools. In fact, our online programs in Business Administration (MBA) and Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) and our on-campus Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA) provide great preparation for several careers – including IT specialist, Operations manager, Logistician – listed on GI Jobs’ recent Hot Jobs for Veterans
  • The university implemented a policy that allows student-veterans and veteran-dependents to defer charges for housing, health insurance, books and meal plans during the time their VA benefits are being processed. 
  • In 2014, the Florida legislature extended in-state tuition rates to honorably discharged veterans, Reservists and National Guard members, regardless of their state of residency, as long as they physically reside in the Florida during their time in school.
  • The College of Business has a long history of equipping veterans for business initiatives and has hosted an annual entrepreneurship bootcamp for veterans since 2008.
  • Most of all, Florida State has made being the most veteran friendly and empowering university in the nation its mission. As a military-friendly institution, our college is willing to work with students with military obligations.

Access online programs from anywhere in the world

Navy veteran Ben Bowersox said earning his Master of Business Administration in 2009 gave him an edge. “It gave me the confidence and the intellectual capital to make the toughest transition I have ever made,” said Bowersox, former MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter pilot. “I felt like I had the credentials in my hand that showed I knew how to manage in the outside world.”

Now a trust wealth advisor for Capital City Bank Group Inc. based in Tallahassee, Bowersox credits the MBA program for teaching him the strategic marketing skills he uses daily in his new career. Much of the business development he does daily involves relying on economic forecasting and indicators he studied in his MBA classes and differentiating his company’s financial services from what other programs provide.

Every day, around the world, military personnel are pursuing Florida State’s online graduate degrees in business administration (MBA), management information systems (MS-MIS) and risk management and insurance. Whether they are stationed stateside training for battle or deployed to aircraft carriers in international waters, they can actively participate anywhere there’s an Internet connection.

When Navy Cmdr. Andrew Marshall set out to find an online program, he had three requirements. “It had to be from a respected institution, which would be recognized and valued by future employers; it had to be 100-percent online without any residency requirement; and it had to allow me the same degree afforded students who’d be a resident on campus. FSU fit all three perfectly.”

Marshall, who graduated in 2011, said he worked on his courses from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Australia, Guam, Cuba, Hawaii and while afloat on the USS Kitty Hawk. As long as he could access the Internet, even sporadically, he could complete his academic work.

“It’s close to a self-paced study program, which affords maximum flexibility without sacrificing standards,” Marshall said.

Helpful quick links for veterans

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