What You Can Expect

Academic Excellence, Online Convenience, Military Expertise   

When you earn your degree online through Penn State World Campus, you can expect a fully accredited program taught by respected Penn State faculty, a collaborative learning environment with quality faculty and classmate interaction, military-focused staff ready to support your needs, and an opportunity to join a community of proud Penn Staters.

  • 3,000+ military and veteran Penn State World Campus students
  • 150+ academic programs online
  • Top 10 rankings in U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs for Veterans
  • Top 1% of universities worldwide

A Military-Friendly Foundation

While Penn State serves all types of students, we recognize the unique and specific needs of our military students. Our proud history of serving the military dates back to 1865, when all male first-year and sophomore students were required to participate in military instruction. The University has commissioned thousands of military officers since establishing an ROTC program in 1916. And, we support military families through groundbreaking research. Today, more than 5,000 Penn State students are military and veteran learners, and more than half of them are enrolled online through Penn State World Campus. Our passion for serving the military inspires us to continue evolving our services to support learners like you.

Penn State World Campus is proud to abide by the high standards set forth through the Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Executive Order 13607 Principles of Excellence, and the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success. We are regionally accredited through Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, are an active member of the Council on College and Military Educators (CCME), and have been recognized through numerous military-specific awards and rankings.

Career-Enhancing Programs

Our academically rigorous programs delivered online are the same as those offered in person — so the quality, reputation, and diploma are 100% identical. You can be proud of the credential you’ll earn and be confident that employers will value your education and degree. Penn State’s online degree and certificate programs are built by teams of expert faculty and instructional designers, creating a learning experience tailored to online students. Our courses are convenient and flexible while upholding the high quality of Penn State. You’ll have the opportunity to both learn at your own pace and engage with accomplished faculty and peers.

Military Top 10 Bachelor's Degrees

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business
  • Political Science
  • International Politics
  • Economics
  • Law and Society
  • Information Sciences and Technology
  • Labor and Employment Relations
  • Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Military Top 10 Master's Degrees

  • Homeland Security (five options)
  • Information Sciences
  • Public Administration
  • Human Resources and Employment Relations
  • Engineering Management
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Systems Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Software Engineering

Military Benefits

At Penn State World Campus, you have access to many military-specific options for financing your education, such as GI Bill® benefits, military tuition assistance, and Penn State’s Military Grant-in-Aid for those who qualify. If you need to withdraw for military service, you’ll receive a 100% tuition refund. Plus, you may be awarded academic credit for military training and experience.

Dedicated Service and Support

Our military support team has the experience and training to advise you every step of the way on your educational journey. They provide military-specific services and can also connect you to additional benefits available to all Penn Staters. With specialties from disability services to GI Bill expertise, our military staff is here to help you.

Student and Alumni Network

When you become a Penn State World Campus student, you join a community of exceptional adult learners who you can work with and learn from. Plus, you will join a proud and influential network of alumni from around the world in hundreds of professions — a network that you can tap into throughout your career.

  • 18,000 World Campus students
  • Adult learners from 50 states, 60+ countries, 7 continents
  • 692,000+ alums from around the world