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Nov 11, 2017
I have a 4-year ROTC scholarship. I have the opportunity to finish my undergraduate in 3-years and then for the fourth year participate in a integrated Masters in Finance program. Would the ROTC scholarship cover part of the integrated Masters since it is still within the 4 years? It would be at a higher cost, but I figured I would just pay the difference. Does anybody have any information on the matter?
Ok I will try to answer this as best as I can. There is a way to do this. AROTC will not pay for anything other than the original bachelors. What you have to do is simultaneously get the extra classes to satisfy your master's mixed in with your bachelors. It is important that you leave at least one credit shy of the master's as you finish the bachelors. At that point you can take a summer class to officially finish the master's. There may be another way, however if you haven't started yet I will say as a new student you have no idea what you will be 4 years from now it's great to make plans but sometimes life happens. There is only so much time in the day and I would advise to just try your first year without the added coursework, and see if the degree and the military are for you before you start piling on extra work. Congratulations on your scholarship and best of luck.
Another thing to remember is that you will be taking military science classes as well. Depending on the school and your advisors (both school and ROTC) you might have to get the maximum credits waived to finish in the accelerated time. For example, at my DD's school, as an MS1 she had 3 MS credits a semester, but as a MS3, she has 5 MS credits. I don't know if that makes a difference or not, but something to consider.
Have you approached your ROO with this possibility? They might be your best resource in getting this to happen.
Ok to clarify a little. While you may be able to finish a 4 year in 3, you cannot do this under ROTC scholarship. 4 years is the length for the program. If you finish early I believe you may be in trouble as you need 4 years of MS. That's the reason I suggested that if it's "really" what you want to do you will have to walk a fine line between both requirements, and finish them in order. There is a reason that you cannot apply for an ROTC scholarship with over an X amount of credits.