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Military-Friendly Programs

MVNU makes it easy for active-duty military members, veterans, and their families to earn their college degree on a part-time or full-time basis

As a military-friendly institution, Mount Vernon Nazarene University is proud to assist veterans and active-duty members of the US military on their educational journey. We know you have high ambitions for your future. It’s our mission to help you bring those ambitions to life.

After finishing up your military tour, a degree often assists with transitioning into civilian life and supports the skills you acquired while on duty. However, past and current military members have several work and family obligations and want the opportunity to apply their knowledge directly toward their education. In developing programs, most of which are offered fully online, MVNU ensures you don’t have to put your future on hold.

Military-Friendly Degree Programs Built Just for You

In terms of earning a bachelor’s or graduate degree, veterans, active-duty military members, and their spouses have specific educational needs. Flexibility is essential in the event you go through a location transfer, are deployed, or are a reservist with a busy schedule. As well, the traditional college environment usually isn’t ideal for many military members who recently returned home, yet would like to get an edge in the workforce and add to their extensive, often job-ready experience.

With a history of serving military members, MVNU’s GPS programs are ideal for both veterans and active personnel. Many of our bachelor’s and graduate degrees are 100% online, allowing you to complete your education right from home or anywhere in the world you happen to be and eliminating the need to transfer credits, should you move to a new location.

Giving you an edge, curricula for our military-friendly degree programs are developed by experts and continually updated. We pair this with a stimulating classroom environment, where your professors and peers encourage your personal and professional success. Throughout, all programs weave in biblical values, emphasize leadership principles and an ethical mindset, and open up the opportunity for service projects.

Further helping you work around your current schedule, military members can take classes one at a time online.

As you think about taking the next step, explore all of our military-friendly online degree programs.


Master of Arts in Education programs designed for individuals looking to earn initial licensure and start a teaching career are designated with a “*”. M.A.Ed. programs designed for currently licensed teachers to expand their credentials are designated with a “**”. Not sure which program is for you? Review them all here: Master of Arts in Education

^ Fast-Track MBA - MVNU offers an accelerated online version of our award-winning MBA program. Students complete it on an 11- or 15-month track by taking two courses at a time.

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What sets MVNU apart from other military-friendly colleges?

Victory Media included MVNU on their 2017 Military Friendly School list provided to service members and their families, basing their decision on factors like student retention, graduation, and job placement.

Learn more about how MVNU helps make a college education more accessible to past and current service members.

Flexibility and convenience!

A number of undergraduate and graduate programs are now available online. No need to worry about being unable to come to campus — you can earn your degree from MVNU in the comfort of your own home.

The quality you want
  • Curriculum developed by experts, continually updated
  • Stimulating classroom and online learning environments
  • Professors care about your personal and professional growth
  • Supportive network of peers that extends beyond graduation
  • Programs accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The convenience you need
  • Classes offered one at a time
  • Entirely online options available
  • Prior learning credit awarded (undergraduate)
In an enriching environment
  • Learning rooted in biblical values
  • Strong focus on leadership principles
  • Opportunities for service project involvement
  • Chaplaincy services available for prayer, encouragement

Offering Affordable Degree Programs for Veterans & Military Members

Beyond our convenient and flexible online degrees, GPS accommodates veterans, active-duty members, and their spouses in a number of ways. As we’re a Higher Learning Commission–accredited university, you have the chance to apply your benefits, including the GI BillⓇ, toward your degree here. As well, we participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Designed for service members who have completed at least 36 months of active duty, Purple Heart recipients, and individuals discharged due to a service-related disability, this program matches funds between schools like MVNU and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide additional tuition assistance.

Because veterans and active-duty military members bring a wealth of experiences with them, MVNU allows you to apply your service toward your degree through prior-learning credits (PLCs), accepting American Council on Education (ACE) credits for the advanced technical skills you acquired and providing credit for all CLEP exams completed.

Learn more about MVNU’s military member–specific services below.

Previous Military Training

MVNU accepts most ACE military training recommendations for credit. Students can earn up to 40 hours of general electives. Learn more about receiving credit for your military service.

Financial Assistance for Military Members

We accept benefits from all Chapters, including the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Benefit. MVNU is also proud to be a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. To learn more about these programs, contact us at 1-800-839-2355 or visit

Other Benefits we accept include:

  • MyCAA, which provides spouses of active duty military members up to $4,000 to apply to a portable career field.
  • Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program (obtain forms from Ohio adjutant Generals Office)

For more information, contact Ryan Downs at (740) 397-9000, ext. 4524.

Additional Advantages
  • Students who qualify for and desire accommodations due to a disability can receive assistance through MVNU’s Accessibility Services department.
  • Advisors assist with career planning, and career-focused events sharpen your job-hunting skills.
Additional Resources for Military Members

Learn More About MVNU’s Military-Friendly Degree Programs

To find out more about how MVNU strives to have all veterans and active-duty military members succeed, email GPS Admissions or contact them by phone at 800-839-2355, or request additional information today.