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Columbus State grants military education credit toward graduate-level studies

February 6, 2024

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Columbus State University continues to develop new pathways for active-duty military personnel to earn their master’s degrees. The newest of those pathways includes awarding soldiers with nine academic credit hours for specific professional military education.

Graduates of Fort Bliss' resident U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy who pursue the university’s Leader Development track in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program are eligible to receive up to nine transfer credit hours. This follows the recent move to grant nine transfer credit hours toward three different master’s programs for active-duty soldiers completing any of the Army’s Captains Career Courses.

“With the steps we are taking and the partnerships we are pursuing, Columbus State is poised to become the Army’s graduate school,” said Maj. Gen. (ret.) Pat Donahoe, Columbus State’s special assistant to the president for military liaison.

Earning a master’s degree while enrolled in a Captains Career Course (CCC) has proven to be an effective way for soldiers to advance their careers. Columbus State’s CCC transfer credit can be applied toward a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL), or Master of Art in Strategic Communication


Programs offered through Columbus State’s Military-Connected Student Services office continue to rank the university as a Gold-level military-friendly university by Columbus State currently ranks 8th nationally among public colleges and universities with less than 10,000 students for its service to active-duty and retired soldiers, veterans and their families. 

Columbus State also recently realigned its tuition and fee structure to ensure that the cost of attendance for active-duty military personnel remains within Military Tuition Assistance Program limits. Therefore, active-duty soldiers utilizing Military Tuition Assistance to pay their college expenses will experience no out-of-pocket educational costs. Academic and financial aid advisers are available to work with military-connected students on a wide array of G.I. Bill, MyCAA and other sources available to fund a soldier’s continuing education interests.

For more information, visit or contact the Military-Connected Student Services team at 706.507.8805 or  

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Michael Tullier, APR, Executive Director of Strategic Communication + Marketing, 706.507.8729,