As a Military Friendly School, we look forward to welcoming you into our next class of global change-makers. We value the experience you bring to our campus and provide the guidance and resources to make your time here the best it can be.
We offer a range of internationally focused degrees and programs, with an emphasis on career development, and we participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offer other veterans’ benefits to help you keep it affordable.
Scholarships and Benefits
We offer full tuition coverage for qualifying veterans and their eligible dependents through the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program. We also offer preferential scholarship consideration to veterans who are not eligible for these benefits. We are committed to making your education affordable and helping you take this next big step in advancing your career.
Our alumni find fulfilling careers in the intelligence community, at think tanks, and at organizations like the United Nations, U.S. State Department, and World Bank, as well as in banking, consulting, language services, international development, technology, and education companies around the world. Learn how they are thriving in their careers.
Choose the Degree That’s Right for You
Our military community is enrolled in all of our degrees from policy to management, education, and language programs. In addition to this broad offering of career-oriented master’s degrees, we offer several options of particular interest to veterans and active military:
The Joint BA/MA programs are designed for students who want to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in three years. We offer three opportunities to earn a joint Bachelor of Arts in International Policy and Master of Arts in one of the following graduate programs:
Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) can pursue degrees in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and International Policy and Development.
Meet Our Military Community
Active duty military, veterans, and military dependents make up more than 5 percent of our students, so there’s a strong sense of community here.
MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies ’19
Specialization in Financial Crime Management
Veterans Organization President 2017–2018
“I have been in the Army National Guard for about eight years, serving most of it on some form of active duty. This was the only school I found that offered an emphasis on terrorism studies with classes on cybersecurity issues. I have valued being in classes with students from all over the world and all walks of life—it has really challenged my own American-centric perspective.”
MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies ’15
He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and spent seven years on nuclear submarines where he became intensely interested in international nuclear nonproliferation efforts. After graduating from the Institute, he earned a two-year National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) fellowship in Vienna, Austria. Read more
Joint BA/MPA ’13
Matt is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He launched a career in international development after graduating from the Institute and works for the USAID Africa Office in Washington, D.C. Read more
BA/MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies ’20
“I was in the Army for eight years. Being able to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from such an impressive faculty almost seemed too good to be true, and the welcoming atmosphere sealed the deal. I am amazed at the opportunities I have here—from study abroad to internships—and the staff is extremely helpful in making it all happen.”
The Institute’s vibrant and engaged student-run Veterans Organization is open to all students and offers additional support in many ways—professional opportunities, academic guidance, and camaraderie.
Our location in Monterey provides easy access to the Fort Ord Commissary and facilities at the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School.
Improving language and intercultural competence is integrated into the core curricula of all degree programs at the Institute: students in our policy and management programs take courses taught in their chosen language of study and courses in intercultural studies; students in our language teaching and translation and interpretation programs are sought after by employers worldwide. Our international campus has students from around the world, so you are not only studying language and interculturality in class but also practicing daily with your classmates.
Naval Postgraduate School Courses
Our partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) gives you access to a broad array of courses with the Department of National Security Affairs and Department of Defense Analysis. You will learn in a military environment, which may more closely align with where you plan to work in future. You will also expand your professional network through NPS faculty and students.