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The Military Academic Advancement Program

01/08/2013 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Transition to College, Special Topics

Military service members and their families face many challenges . . . moving, demanding schedules, service-member deployments/travel which result in more parenting responsibilities for the spouse at home, etc.  For those who wish to earn an advanced degree, finding a program that can fit in with all of these scheduling issues can be difficult.  That’s where the new Military Academic Advancement Program (MAAP) comes in.  Through a partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University, the MAAP aims to provide quality distance education programs to service members, their spouses and children, and civilian professionals.  Participants work to obtain advanced degrees in a number of areas that end up supporting their very own military communities . . . a true win-win situation!

What’s the advantage of getting my advanced degree through this program?

The MAAP works through the Great Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) which is an inter-institutional academic association of 20 public research universities.   Participating universities (whose experienced faculty understands the military community and its unique requirements) offer quality online degree programs making it easier for military families who face relocation and/or scheduling conflicts to earn their degree(s).

In addition, paying for a degree is simplified as participants pay a negotiated common price per credit hour to the home institution. Financial aid is available through your chosen university and veteran’s benefits are also accepted.  For more information, visit the MAAP financial aid page or find out more about paying for college at Military OneSource.

How do I get started?

The MAAP website provides a recommended timeline to help participants gather information, select an area of study and track deadlines.

What are the 3 program areas?

  1. Family and Community Services
  2. Family Financial Planning
  3. Youth Development

Additional academic programs in the human sciences and agriculture are available through the Great Plains IDEA and welcome military students, families and veterans who are seeking career advancement opportunities.  Visit the Great Plains IDEA website for a complete list.

Which universities participate?

  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Missouri
  • Montana State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Texas Tech University

Where can I get more information?

Visit the MAAP home page and/or contact

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