Military Masters Degree Programs

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  1. KingLear

    KingLear Member

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    Can Officers go to an allied nations University to gain their Master's Degree? For example, France, Britain, Germany, or Japan.
     
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    Stealth_81 Super Moderator 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    Yes. One of my son’s good friends went to France immediately after graduation from USAFA and got her masters and then returned to do her initial training in intelligence at Goodfellow AFB.

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  3. KingLear

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    Thank you! If I get the honor of attending an Academy that is my plan.
     
  4. jeffinCharlotte

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    Wow. Is it sort of common to be able to get a master's degree from a foreign nation like this right after graduation from the academy? What are the normal prerequisites to qualify?
     
  5. Humey

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    I dont think so. Only so many are able to get a get a masters/legal/medical degree after graduating from an SA. I would presume, that if allowed, where you went (US or allied nation) wouldnt be the issue. I would assume that in order to go beyond your Bachelors, you must be in one hell of a student. That is why it is usually advised that if you want to be a attorney or Dr, you either do that after you done your five years in AD or go to a civilan school and apply to the military after your you have become a doctor or a lawyer. Not saying you cant graduate an SA and than go to Graduate school, it just that it will be hard to do so.
     
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    Stealth_81 Super Moderator 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    The scholarship for France is the Gerhart Scholarship and as far as I know is the only country-specific scholarship for an overseas masters. The Gerhart is awarded annually to one cadet per class. Some years it is not awarded if there isn’t a candidate who is qualified. It involves a very thorough application and language test administered by the French government (not USAFA). After getting the scholarship the cadet must then get accepted to a school in France which can be as difficult as getting the scholarship. I know that in the case of my son’s classmate, she knew about the scholarship as a Doolie and worked on things her entire USAFA career to help make it happen, including a semester exchange to the French AF academy.

    In reply to Humey above, I think that there are a lot more cadets that go directly to masters programs than you think. While Law and Medical opportunities may be sparse, there are a substantial number of cadets who do go directly to masters or PhD programs.

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  7. jeffinCharlotte

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    Who would have known stuff like this is even available! I have a 10th grade daughter in France for the summer studying at a French University in Rennes France in the language intensive immersion program. She is fluent in German and getting there in French. Anyway this is just one of the other cool things offered at/after the academy if you are squared away. Seems like everyday we are learning about more unique programs offered to cadets during or after the academy!!! Really is amazing!
     
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    raimius 10-Year Member

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    I know a decade ago, about 10% of the graduating class could get some sort of advanced degree scholarship (mostly AFIT or department sponsored with a teaching assignment to follow).
     
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  10. OldRetSWO

    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    Approx 5 to 10 yrs after commissioning, officers can apply to become an Olmstead scholar. Usually, Army, Navy and Air Force get 5 and USMC 3 per yr. Very very competitive - in the Navy, it is generally one SWO, One Subs, One from Aviation, etc. They go to grad school in a foreign country after learning the language. My son is moving back this week after 2 yrs in Europe on this program but had the opportunity (paid for) to visit mot of the European countries from Spain up to the Arctic region while also getting a top rate masters and living in a foreign city.
     
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    So the more fluent you are in the language the better your chances are to get accepted to study in a foreign nation. I just read about a past airmen who won that scholarship. He was fully fluent in two languages. I assume you can study two foreign languages in the academy? This young man appeared to do that in German and Russian. And do you have to major in foreign area studies? Reason I ask is this is something my daughter would like to do. She has been taking French and German since Kindergarten.
     
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    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    This has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with major or languages previously learned. My son was an Aero Engineering major at USNA and didn't need to take a language but validated Spanish. His grad school was in an Eastern European country and he had to learn the language. The language classes are offered to all who win this scholarship and in his case, its not a language that is found widely so he had to get it from either the Defense language institute in Monterrey Calif or from the State Dept in DC.

    Again, this is hugely competitive - among academy AND ROTC/OCS grads throughout the services. Very strong performance in the field - in your MOS or warfare specialty is key to getting this.
     
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