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Military Handbook

Online degree programs for servicemen and women, military families, and veterans

Distance Learning

Western Kentucky University At WKU you are assured a quality education from a regionally accredited university with exceptional student support services. WKU has been designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2009 by G.I. Jobs Magazine, has been ranked as a Best For Vets 4-year college by Military Times Edge Magazine consecutively since 2011, and earned top honors from US News & World Report in the category of student support services for online learners.

As a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System, we are committed to expanding and improving voluntary postsecondary educational opportunities for service members worldwide. SOC Consortium members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to active-duty military students, their family members, and veterans.

thanks you for your service! Program Benefits - Course credit for military experience and training - A dedicated military programs counselor who specializes in assisting active duty service members - A special tuition rate for active duty service members from all branches: $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and graduate courses - A Textbooks for Troops program for military students who do not receive a book stipend - A Veterans Resource Center staffed by veterans who can assist with your questions, help you prepare for CLEP exams, guide you through the GoArmyEd steps for your federal TA, and connect you with student services - A military listserv to notify you of special events, discounts, scholarships, and news: Sign up at - A Student Veterans Alliance at - The only Veterans Upward Bound program in the state of Kentucky: - A Vet-2-Vet Peer Mentorship Program for new incoming veterans - A Veterans Affairs office for processing Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) educational benefits located in Potter Hall 317, - Recognition cords for military and veterans graduating from WKU - An Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program to ensure classroom success, provide information about recovery from brain injury and PTSD, and help those with traumatic brain injury and PTSD stay in school. For more information contact Dr. Richard Dressler at (270) 745-2520 or email - Wounded Warrior therapy programs: Free horseback riding sessions are available to qualified veterans. Email for more information.

Online Degree Progr WKU offers a variety of graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs which are 100% online. If you have previous college credit or if you are able to enroll in a combination of web, independent learning, and IVS (Interactive Video Services) courses, you will find an even broader selection of programs available at a distance. Graduate and baccalaureate online degree programs are available.

Graduate Programs MHA

- Executive Master of Health Administration


- Master of Business Administration

Master of Arts in Education - Adult Education - Elementary Education - Middle Grades Education - Secondary Education - Special Education - Early Childhood Education for Teacher Leaders - Literacy Education

Master of Arts

- Criminology - History - Mathematics - Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities

Master of Science

- Recreation and Sports Administration with a concentration in Athletic Administration - Biology - Communication Disorders - Instructional Design - Library Media Education - Engineering Technology Management - Athletic Administration with a concentration in Facility and Event Management

Graduate Certificates and Endorsements

- Adult Education Certificate - Aging Studies Certificate - Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate - Educational Technology Certificate - Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement - Gender and Women’s Studies Certificate - Gifted and Talented Teaching Endorsement - Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement - Instructional Design


Please visit for the most up-to-date list of online degree programs at WKU.

Baccalaureate Programs Bachelor of Arts

- Family and Consumer Sciences, Child Studies Concentration - Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Studies Concentration - Sociology - Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS)

Bachelor of Science

- Computer Information Technology (completion degree) - Organizational Leadership - Technology Management (completion degree) - RN to BSN - Dental Hygiene (completion degree)

Associate Degree Programs

- Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education - Interdisiciplinary Studies - Associate Water Resource Management - Paramedicine (completion degree)

Undergraduate Certificates - Cross Cultural Communication Health Care - Computer Literacy - Family Home Visiting - Leadership - Occupational Health & Safety - Worksite Health Promotion - Canadian Studies

Left: CPT Jason L. Earley serving as an Air Defense Brigade S4 at Fort Hood, Texas. Earley is also pursuing an MA in Leadership Dynamics at WKU. Right: Earley and his wife, Autumn.

CPT Earley chose WKU because “WKU staff are dedicated and professional, going above and beyond to assist me in success on a daily basis since my enrollment. WKU is constantly improving upon military friendly school standards. This university is the best institution within the GoArmyEd program and absolutely superior in assisting students utilizing the GI Bill. My belief in this university and its ability to enhance education of Soldiers is so strong that it will be first on my list to work within the ROTC program on active duty and upon retirement. As a bonus, I have never paid for a textbook due to the outstanding ‘Textbooks for Troops’ program!”

The Online Advantage - Web courses provide students with unparalleled flexibility - Semester based and on-demand courses are available, allowing flexible start and end dates - Staff dedicated to support of online students - No out-of-state tuition

Student Support A s a W KU s t u d e n t , y o u h a v e a cce s s to s u p p o r t s e r v i ce s designed to help you succeed in your online program. The Student Resource Portal provides a centralized location where you can access a wide variety of services anywhere, anytime! Visit to learn more!

Enrollment and Funding Process - Apply online at - Request required Joint Services Transcript form - Retired or discharged veterans must request a DD Form 214 at - Talk with your WKU academic advisor, register for courses, and get started! If you need assistance prior to your advisor being assigned, please call (270) 745-5173 or email - Talk with your Military Education Counselor to learn what the enrollment verification and tuition assistance process is for your particular military branch - Active duty militatry, veterans, and dependents may contact the Veterans Affairs Office by calling (270) 745-3732 or emailing for additional information regarding education benefits and tuition assistance

Contact US Military Student Services

Tonya Archey WKU University College 1906 College Heights Blvd. #81086 Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1086 Call: (270) 745-5837 Email: Visit:

Military Programs Counselor Bea Cobb WKU/Fort Knox P.O. Box 571 Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121 Call: (270) 745-2626 Email: Visit:

Online Program Services

Knicely Conference Center 2355 Nashville Road Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101 Call: (270) 745-5173 or 888-4WKUWEB Email: Visit:

Veterans Affairs Office

(for tuition assistance and veteran education benefits) WKU Student Financial Assistance 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11018 Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1018 Call: (270) 745-3732 Email:

WKU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Military Handbook