Military Studies

Online Bachelor's Degree from an Accredited Leader in Military Education


The Bachelor of Science in Military Studies offers solid preparation for careers in defense contracting, consulting, analysis, and other national security industries.

With a 35-year track record as one of America's most military-friendly colleges, Excelsior College designed the military studies degree specifically for active-duty servicemembers and working adults who are employed in the civilian work force.

See the course requirements for the Bachelor's in Military Studies degree.

Core requirements

  • Military History such as:
    • HIS 131 Introduction to Military History
    • HIS 231B U.S. Military History

Emphasis area

* Capstone course must be taken at Excelsior College and cannot be transferred in.

A longstanding partner with military colleges, training programs, and funding organizations, Excelsior has been recognized by GI Jobs, Military Advanced Education, Military Times Edge, and other publications. Our military studies degree stands out for:

  • Flexible online courses that you can complete at your convenience, on a schedule that makes sense for you.
  • Outstanding academics, with emphasis on practical knowledge and real-world applications.
  • Experienced, highly qualified faculty with deep knowledge of defense-related industries.
  • Generous credit-transfer policies that award academic credit for past college transcripts, military training, and professional education.
  • Budget-friendly tuition and fees that take full advantage of military and veterans' benefits. (Visit our Costs and Financing page for details.)
  • Responsive academic advisors who understand military students.

Build Your Career with a Military Studies Degree

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation and programs specialized accreditations on our accreditation page.)

Introduced in 2013, Excelsior's military studies degree complements our broad range of programs designed for U.S. servicemembers and veterans. We currently serve more than 10,000 military students, and have granted degrees and certificates to more than 60,000 students with a military background.

Minimum of 120 credits: 60 credits (21 in upper level) in arts and sciences and 59 credits (9 in upper level) in applied professional courses, additional arts and sciences courses or a combination of both, and 1 credit in Information Literacy Requirement. Major Component: minimum of 36 credits, with at least 18 at the upper level and a minimum 2.0 GPA required. See the credit requirements in chart form.

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