Frequently Asked Questions 

What is KU’s policy on the transfer of credits for veterans?

Transfer of credits is determined on a case-by-case basis by admissions officers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and each School. For example, if a prospective student planned to apply to the KU School of Business, he or she would contact the admissions officer there and ask what credits they would accept. Generally, KU follows American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines endorsed by the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges consortium, of which KU is a member.

I’m interested in getting a master’s degree at KU. Is it possible to complete on while attending ILE at Leavenworth?

Yes. A number of Army majors and other officers in the military have successfully completed master’s degrees at KU while also attending ILE. In most cases, this will require travel between Leavenworth and the Lawrence or Edwards campuses.

How many credit hours does KU accept from the CGSC?

Generally, most departments within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences accept six credit hours for courses taken through ILE. Other Schools vary depending on the degree sought.

What programs does KU offer on the Leavenworth campus?

Currently, KU offers an MSB degree in Supply Chain Management and Logistics for Army logisticians and an Interagency Studies MA program tailored to Army Special Forces officers.

Does KU offer any online degree programs?

Not currently. Some courses are available online, but the vast majority are not offered this way.

What master’s programs do military officers typically study at KU?

Most common are history, political science, international relations, public administration, communication studies, and business. KU is particularly known for its top-notch public administration program, and it has been quite popular among students attending ILE and also among CGSC faculty.

Can my husband/wife/significant other get an MA while I’m studying at the CGSC?

Yes, if the person is willing to commute to the Lawrence or Edwards campus. This person may be eligible for GI Bill benefits. To learn more about the GI Bill, check out:

I’m interested in KU’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. How does this work?

Applicants interested in pursuing this specialized degree program will work with a designated advisor, formulate a proposed plan of study, and gain entry to KU through a core academic department. From there a candidate will base his/her study, set up a committee, and proceed with an individualized study plan. Interested candidates should contact Mike Denning, Director, Office of Graduate Military Programs. Email:; Ph: (785) 864-1684.

I am interested in your military history doctoral program. Does one need to be an on-campus student to complete this program? 

At the All But Dissertation (ABD) level, a student is not required to be present physically, but all graduate courses take place physically on the campus, and there is no online learning at that level.

How long does the program usually take to complete and how many credit hours beyond the masters is this program? 

The average time to degree from entry to doctoral defense is around 6.5 years total--probably slightly more. The Doctorate is only 33 hours total required, but there are additional requirements and examinations that may involve taking more credits than that.

What are the GRE scores required for this program, and do you accept the old GRE format? 

The History Department accepts the older GRE format scores. The average applicant weighs in at a little over 600 on the verbal.  Accepted applications are usually quite a bit higher--nearing 650 to 700. If you have already taken your GRE within the last 5 years, you do not need to retake the test. You can also request (in a letter to the Department) that your GRE test be waived.

Is the program customized for the military lifestyle, in other words, if I get deployed how will this affect me? 

The University has policies that support academic withdrawal due to deployment. You receive 100% adjustment in tuition and fees and you are not penalized on your transcripts.  Please see the following link regarding additional details. While the program is not customized for the military lifestyle, there is flexibility depending on individual circumstances. Military personnel and veterans are treated well at KU, and you would find that the History Department, your advisor, and faculty members would be supportive.

What is the cost per credit hour for the program, and do military members receive in-state tuition? 

About $330 for Kansans, $770 for nonresidents. You can do a total cost calculation here: Military personnel and their dependents/spouse stationed in Kansas may be assessed tuition equivalent to resident rates. The resident fee privilege is available through a waiver fee that would be submitted when you register.


Congratulations to LTC Trent Lythgoe & CPT Jared Moore for your recent publications.  Trent is an instructor at the US Army's Command and General Staff College and pursuing a Ph.D. in Politcial Science.  His article about how the US Army impliments mission command was recently published in the National Defense University's Joint Force Quarterly.  Jared is enrolled as a graduate student in the School of Education's Educatio Leadership and Policy Studies program.  His article on lessons learned from Saber Strike, an annual NATO exercise in the Baltics was recently publshed in the US Army's Armor magazine.  Bravo Zulu!!
Applications are being accepted up to 29 February 2020 for the Tillman Scholar Program.  Veterans, Active Duty, NG, and Reservists are eligible, as are spouses of Active Duty and Veterans!  If you are in one of the aforementioned categories and enrolled in KU in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, look into this exceptional program, which honors the selfless service of CPL Pat Tillman
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Congratulations to Kelsie Forbush and Alesha Doan for your DoD Award to develop an effective screening tool for detecting and treating eating disorders in Active Duty Servicemembers and Veterans.  

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ICCAESummer internships (2020) with the Defense Intelligence Agency - plan early for your security clearance.

USNORTHCOM's Volunteer Student Internship Program accepting applications from Graduate Students and ROTC students!

KU receives Defense Intelligence Agency Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence grant.  


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