Military Friendly Programs

Use your military credit (e.g., CCAF, AARTS, SMART, CGI) and Missouri Western general education courses to complete an associate degree.

Use online and/or face-to-face courses. More than 260 online courses offered.

Online general education courses include:

  • Mathematics: college algebra, developmental math to prepare for college algebra
  • Social sciences: psychology, sociology, economics, political science, geography
  • Humanities: literature, music, theater, history
  • Communication: oral communication
Move on to a bachelor’s degree using your CCAF associate degree or other military and/or transfer credit.

Use traditional baccalaureate majors or the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS).

The BGS is a completion degree that can make excellent use of your CCAF associate degree and/or other transfer coursework.

BGS requires completion of two minors, general education requirements, and electives to total 124 credits.

Fully online minors include:

  • Business minor – 18 credits
  • Psychology minor – 21 credits
  • Criminal justice minors – 18 credits
  • Health Information Management – 21 credits

More than 40 face-to-face minors can also be used for the BGS.


About Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western is a medium-sized, public university located in St. Joseph, Missouri with a state-wide mission of applied learning. Applied learning includes internships, practica, student-faculty research, and study away programs. In fact, over 90% of our graduates have an applied learning experience to enhance their resume in addition to a high quality degree in one of nearly 100 majors offered.

Missouri Western is a military friendly university, being one of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC).

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Missouri Western is recognized by Military Friendly Schools - a company founded by veterans to serve veterans.

Missouri Western is approved by the Veterans Administration as a training facility for veterans and eligible persons.