The Military Academic Advancement Program

The Department of Defense has joined together with the Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University to provide quality distance education programs to service members, their spouses and children, and civilian professionals with the Military Academic Advancement Program. Through this program, you can obtain an advanced degree in a number of areas and help support the military community.

The MAAP works through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, an inter-institutional academic association of accredited public research universities, to offer quality online degree programs to the military community in an effort to better serve service members and their families who relocate frequently. These anytime, anywhere graduate degrees can help you obtain or advance a career in a community support program. Get your degree, become a professional service provider, and help service members and their families.

Getting started

At the MAAP website, you'll find a helpful timeline with deadlines that tell you what you need to do at different time periods prior to the semester in which you wish to enroll. For example, at least six months prior to the start of the semester, you should get in touch with one of the campus coordinators. A coordinator will assist you with gathering information that will help you choose a home university and complete the application process for the university and the academic program in which you wish to study. You can earn your graduate degree in one of three program areas:

  • Family and Community Services. This 36 credit-hour master's degree program focuses on support services for individuals, families and communities.
  • Family Financial Planning. Options include a 42 credit-hour master's degree program, an 18 credit-hour graduate certificate that meets the educational requirements to take the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination, or an 18 credit-hour graduate certificate in Financial Counseling and Housing, qualifying students to take the Accredited Financial Counselor exam.
  • Youth Development. Options include a 36 credit-hour master's degree program in Youth Development, a 13 credit-hour Youth Development Specialist certificate, or a 13 credit-hour Youth Program Management and Development graduate certificate.

Additional academic programs in the human sciences and agriculture are available through the Great Plains IDEA and military students, families and veterans who are seeking career advancement opportunities are welcome. Visit the Great Plains IDEA website for a complete list of academic programs.

After choosing a program area, you can complete your degree through one of several partner universities. These universities have experienced faculty that understand the military community and its unique requirements.

  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Missouri
  • Montana State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Texas Tech University


Paying for a degree is simplified, as participants pay a negotiated common price per credit hour to the home institution. Financial aid may be available through your chosen university. Veterans' benefits are also accepted. For more information, visit the MAAP financial aid page or find out more about paying for college at Military OneSource.

To learn more about MAAP's distance learning opportunities, visit the MAAP home page or contact


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