JUNE 15, 2015, by Lizzie Weakley – According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS), over 900,000 veterans are taking advantage of available educational benefits. Many veterans face different problems upon returning to civilian life. However, a master’s degree is an excellent way for veterans to increase their professional skills and career opportunities. Below introduces some of the best masters degrees for returning veterans.
Master of Criminal Justice
A military background fits perfectly with a master’s in Criminal Justice. Returning veterans have the discipline, training and skills that go well with this unique academic field. A veteran with a master’s in Criminal Justice is the ideal candidate for different government bureaus and departments, such as the ATF, CIA, DEA and FBI. Law enforcement and corrections are two other options for graduates with this degree.
Master of Nursing (MSN)
Healthcare jobs are growing at an exponential rate. Any veteran who worked in a healthcare related MOS is an ideal candidate for a master’s in Nursing. There are a variety of bridge programs and dual degree programs for working nurses who wish to pursue higher education. A master’s degree in nursing allow allows for different degree and career specialties, such as acute, family, clinical or mental health care.
Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT)
This degree is ideal for any veteran with an IT related MOS. Returning veterans have the advantage of years of training and experience with using cutting edge military technology and equipment. The IT field offers a variety of jobs in almost every industry. In addition to this, an MCIT degree also offers specialized areas of study that are well-matched for veterans, such as cyber-warfare, homeland security and cyber-forensics.
Master of Arts in Diplomacy
Former members of the military have the perfect background for pursuing a master’s degree in diplomacy or international relations. Veterans who have worked abroad will have advantages over their fellow students in different ways. For example, serving in the U.S. military abroad provides exposure to different cultures, languages and societies. Veterans will already be educated about U.S. military history and foreign relations. A diplomacy degree is an excellent way to develop professionally while making positive contributions to global affairs.
In conclusion, returning veterans have excellent choices and educational opportunities for pursuing a master’s degree. Some of the most popular programs include Criminal Justice, Nursing, IT and Diplomacy.
Author Bio: My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3 year old husky Snowball.>/i>