Top 10 MBA Programs for Military Veterans

Transitioning from military service to civilian life can be a challenging journey. Fortunately, many US business schools recognize the unique skills and experiences that military veterans bring to the table – and offer financial assistance and other resources in their MBA programs to support veterans.

Across the US, veterans are increasingly choosing to leverage their military background as a springboard for success in business. From combat zones to classrooms, these individuals are not only seeking to enhance their own professional prospects but are also enriching the academic discourse with their diverse perspectives and real-world insights.

In this list, we’ve compiled 10 of the best MBA programs at business schools for military veterans. These business schools are known for their dedicated support services and strong alumni networks tailored specifically for military veterans.

Los Angeles, California 103 Followers 120 Discussions
USC - Marshall

USC Marshall’s Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) recognizes and leverages veterans’ leadership skills and experiences. The program provides extensive support through the Marshall Military Veterans Association. USC Marshall is consistently ranked among the top business schools globally. 

 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan 40 Followers 89 Discussions
Michigan - Ross

The Armed Forces Association at Michigan Ross provides a supportive community for veterans, with networking events, mentorship programs, and resources to assist with academic and career success. Ross is known for its collaborative learning environment and diverse student body, while being ranked among the top MBA programs globally. 

 

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Durham, North Carolina 52 Followers 103 Discussions
Duke - Fuqua

The Duke Armed Forces Association offers a nurturing environment for veterans, featuring networking gatherings, mentorship initiatives and other resources. Fuqua – known for its team-based approach to learning and a strong alumni network – also sponsors the annual Duke MBA Veterans Symposium, an opportunity for prospective students to sample Duke in the company of other veterans. The event is co-hosted by the Duke Armed Forces Association (DAFA), a student club. 

 

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Los Angeles, California 89 Followers 147 Discussions
UCLA - Anderson

Veterans@Anderson, a student society, establishes a nurturing environment for veterans by facilitating networking events, mentorship programs, and providing resources aimed at fostering academic advancement. The Anderson Veterans Association also provides career resources and connections to a strong alumni community. 

 

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Boston, Massachusetts 86 Followers 205 Discussions
Harvard

Harvard Business School is renowned for its case method approach to learning and consistently ranked among the top MBA programs worldwide. HBS provides extensive financial assistance to military veterans, including via the Yellow Ribbon Program, a federal initiative. HBS contributes $20,000 per year to each eligible veteran. 

 

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Austin, Texas 47 Followers 77 Discussions
UT Austin - McCombs

McCombs is consistently rated as one of the premier business schools worldwide in MBA rankings. It offers generous financial assistance to former military personnel. Every veteran is eligible for merit-based admissions scholarships, automatically considered upon program application. Additionally, veterans receive an application fee waiver upon submission.

 

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Washington, District of Columbia 27 Followers 57 Discussions
Georgetown - McDonough

Georgetown provides dedicated support through the McDonough Military Association, dedicated to advocating for veterans and supporting their transition from military service to the business world.  And the McDonough Military Association (MMA) is a social and professional network to promote engagement and outreach. 

 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 37 Followers 76 Discussions
UNC - Kenan-Flagler

UNC Kenan-Flagler is dedicated to helping veterans. The UNC Kenan-Flagler Veterans Association helps facilitate a seamless transition for military veterans who are pursuing the MBA degree at the school, which performs well in rankings. Veterans represent a significant percentage of students enrolled in the MBA. 

 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts 53 Followers 175 Discussions
MIT - Sloan

MIT Sloan has a strong and active community of veterans. The MIT Sloan Veterans Club welcomes veterans from all branches of the US armed forces, as well as foreign militaries. There’s also the MIT Sloan Veterans Fund, which provides scholarships to help make the school’s MBA M attainable for veterans and military personnel. 

 

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Stanford, California 97 Followers 171 Discussions
Stanford

About 5% of the MBA students at Stanford in California are veterans. The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, providing generous financial assistance to veterans, and there’s also the student-run Veterans Club. This helps MBA students to foster professional and personal development at Stanford, one of the world’s most prestigious business schools. 

 

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