For active military personnel, or for military personnel who have left the service, the degree programs offered by the School of Digital Sciences can build on your military experience and help you prepare for a rewarding civilian career. Both on-site and online Bachelor's and Master's degree programs are available in a variety of high-demand digital sciences fields.
Kent State University provides accepts all Veterans Affairs educational benefits, provides in-state tuition to qualified veterans, and awards college credit for basic military training and formal coursework. See the item on "COLLEGE CREDIT..." on the right for more information.
BACHELOR'S PROGRAMS (ON-SITE)
The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees offered by the School of Digital Sciences are designed to provide students with the ability to adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing digital world. These programs are only offered on-site on the Kent Campus.
The program provides a broad overview of digital technologies, often from multiple points of view. Building on this broad overview, it adds further depth in technical topics, societal issues, and project management. The program culminates with a multi-disciplinary group capstone project where students put theory into practice in an integrative experience.
The B.S. degree program provides ample elective options to customize the degree for each student's particular interests and career goals. Six optional concentrations target specific career paths. For students interested in other career paths within digital sciences, a "no concentration" option provides the flexibility to prepare for those careers.
Popular Bachelor of Science concentrations for military veterans include Digital Systems Telecommunications Networks and Digital Systems Software Development. Other concentrations include Digital Systems Interaction, Enterprise Architecture, Digital Systems Analysis, and Digital Systems Management.
MASTER'S PROGRAMS (ON-SITE AND ONLINE)
The Master of Digital Sciences degree is a professional master’s degree for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds. A Bachelor's degree in Digital Sciences is not required for admission, and students may enter in any semester.The Master of Digital Sciences program is designed to augment a student's skill set, opening the door to new career opportunities for students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds. Introductory courses expose students to graduate topics outside their undergraduate field, and six concentrations allow them to study one area in more depth. Electives provide an opportunity for customization, and the degree culminates with either an individual capstone project or a formal thesis.
Popular Master of Digital Science concentrations for military personnel include Enterprise Architecture, Digital Systems Telecommunications Networks and Digital Systems Software Development. Other concentrations include Data Science (beginning Fall 2014), Digital Systems Management, and Digital Systems Training Technology.
Note that the required courses for the Data Science, Enterprise Architecture and Digital Science Training Technology concentrations are generally delivered in an online format, while the required courses for the Digital Systems Management, Digital Systems Software Development, and Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentrations are generally delivered in an in-classroom format.
COLLEGE CREDIT FOR MILITARY TRAINING PLUS IN-STATE TUITION
The State of Ohio is committed to providing college credit for military training and experience and to providing in-state tuition for qualified veterans. For more information, see Ohio Education Opportunities for Veterans & Servicemembers.
Kent State University accepts all Veterans Affairs educational benefits.
Kent State University also awards college credit for basic military training and formal coursework. Evaluation of military training is done through Kent State University's Transfer Center, which has an FAQ online that includes some answers about military credit.
For students with military course credit, some technical courses may count toward these degrees as approved electives within the program. Basic military training or other coursework may also count as general electives.
ASSISTANCE FOR ADULT STUDENTS AND VETERANS
Kent State University has over 2500 adult students and has been designated a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs for the fourth year in a row. Our Center for Adult and Veteran Services provides a variety of services, including pre-admission counseling, academic advising, career guidance, and advocacy. Their web site also includes some veteran-specific information.