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Popular Military Degrees

The active-military and veteran student journey is unique and one that the University of Arizona Online values. Veteran and military students bring valuable experiences and perspectives into the online classroom.

According to Military Times, the University of Arizona is one of the nation's best universities for service members. Earlier this year, Arizona Online earned a No. 4 ranking overall for our bachelor's program offerings for veterans from U.S. News & World Report. It's no wonder that 21% of Arizona Online students consider themselves military-affiliated students. But what top programs are active military and veteran students enrolling in?

“My background in the service and a bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity
will give me a competitive edge in my industry."

Nathan Madak, US Navy Veteran.

Arizona Online Student Nathan Madak

Top Three Programs for Undergraduate Military Students

Arizona Online's Cyber Operations Bachelor of Applied Science program is part of a highly exclusive group: one of only 24 programs in the nation that have been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). Cyber security training for veterans and active military students can translate to becoming cyber security specialists in the information technology, government, military, and defense fields. 

The US Intelligence Community has designated the University of Arizona's Intelligence and Information Operations Bachelor of Applied Science program as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE). This premiere intelligence program provides cutting-edge technology, outstanding professional and academic expertise, and military-connected resources. With this counterintelligence degree, students develop the core skills necessary to meet the US' National Security imperatives through increased educational, cultural, and experiential opportunities within the intelligence community.

The Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences offers two areas of study: Nutrition and Dietetics. The Nutrition emphasis provides a strong science core: biology, chemistry, and anatomy. The Dietetics emphasis offers courses in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, nutrition counseling, and food service management. The Accreditation Council for Education accredits our dietetics program in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The degree will prepare you to launch a career after graduation or pursue graduate programs in dietetics, nursing, pharmacy, medicine, and other healthcare fields.

Top Three Programs for Graduate Military Students

The Eller Master of Business Administration program is the #5 nationally ranked public Online MBA program for veterans by U.S. News & World Report and is AACSB-accredited. The program is a 100% online learning experience with concentrations available in finance, marketing, management information systems, and management and organizations. This top-ranked program is ideal for students who want to become the preeminent business leaders of today.

Designed for military and civilian personnel seeking careers across a wide range of security-related fields, the International Security Studies master’s program exposes future decision-makers and analysts to security challenges faced by the global community. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares students to become advanced practice nurses. Graduates of the program generate and disseminate nursing practice knowledge to stimulate research and improve clinical outcomes, improve health outcomes through scientifically based advanced practice within their chosen specialty, and so much more.

 "I decided to pursue my master's degree because I really wanted to function more as a nurse leader. I really wanted to use the skills and all of the knowledge that I had learned as a clinical nurse at the bedside and bring it to others by being a mentor, by being a leader."
Felicia Katzovitz, US Air Force.

Felicia smiling at her reflection in graduate cap and gown


Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate can be a financially wise choice for military students since students and their spouses and dependents can access college resources to help fund their education. Through the GI Bill, once enrolled and approved, a military spouse and military dependents can receive up to 36 months of benefits that can be used for housing, tuition, and books or supplies. 

Going to college during or after service can also be a big life transition. Are you interested in learning more about how Arizona Online can help you start your educational journey?