The Opportunity

Since 2011, the unemployment rate for veterans has been cut in half, and in 2015, there were new private sector commitments to train or hire 90,000 veterans and spouses. As more private and public sector industries realize the benefits of hiring service members and veterans, the need for career-readiness transitional training has increased. To answer that call, the University of Kansas is now offering an online Military Transition Certificate which will provide resources, training and connections with local businesses for transitioning service members and their spouses. With this certificate in hand, you will confidently transition into the civilian workforce after a successful military career.

KU is regarded as a top-10 public university that is “Best for Vets” by Military Times, so students can graduate knowing their certificate carries the credibility of a distinguished university. KU offers online coaching sessions, academic advising, access to business
partners and mentorship opportunities.

The Certificate

The Military Transition Certificate is designed for active-duty United States military as well as members of the National Guard or the Reserves within their last 18 months of service seeking to enter the civilian workforce. We also welcome any current or former member of the United States military, National Guard or the Reserves. The certificate is offered online for academic credit.


Upon successful completion of the following four online courses, the 12-credit-hour certificate program can be completed in less than ten months. Each course may be applied toward an academic degree. View course schedule.

Required courses include:

LA&S 260 Interpersonal Management (Fall)
Understand personal strengths and skills in both professional and citizen communities, including ethical views, project management, financial management, technology and information literacy.
LA&S 262 Workplace Success Skills (Fall)
Develop professional communication skills used in a variety of organizational settings, and gain an understanding of organizational culture and context
LA&S 325 Career Transitions (Spring)
Use self-assessment and occupational research to understand career development theories and make informed career decisions, while also development networking, personal branding, and job search skills.
LA&S 475 Professional Career Management (Spring)
Learn to think critically about professional career management, life and career transitions, and career progression by using career development theory and organizational and industrial psychology.

Costs and Scholarship Opportunities

The cost for this program is the same rate as other online students at KU in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Learn about our scholarship opportunities.

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