Military Programs

Interested in advancing your career in an environment and with faculty who understand the needs of a military student—because they were once in the military, too? Inquire now online or contact our admissions office at 919-684-9163 or 877-415-3853.

Special Services for Graduate Students

We are proud of our long-standing commitment to military students and pledge continuing support for their unique and specialized needs. Duke University School of Nursing military students experience one of the best nursing educations in the nation, within the world-class Duke University Medical Center.

All military students receive the special attention they deserve through our Military Program:

  • Duke offers special sequencing of course offerings to allow military students to complete their studies, in most cases, within the time allotted by their branch of the armed forces.
  • Duke offers some courses in an online format while still meeting the military requirements for most courses to be offered in a traditional on-campus environment.
  • Duke coordinates required clinical experiences so that, if desired by the student, practice can usually take place in a military treatment facility (MTF).
  • The School of Nursing employs faculty who represent each branch of the armed services to assist with military academic evaluations.
Tuition Assistance for Active-Duty Military Enrolling in a Graduate Nursing Program

The Duke University School of Nursing supports active duty military students with tuition expenses through a special scholarship program. The scholarship is offered on a first-come/first-served funds-available basis. Only students who have been admitted to an MSN or DNP program are eligible for DUSON’s military scholarship; ABSN and MSN Certificate students are not eligible to apply.

For students under military orders to attend school:

DUSON will accept the maximum funding provided by the military branch for students selected by the military to attend school under Corps specific civilian education programs (i.e. Duty Under Instruction/DUINS) and will award a scholarship to fund the difference between the maximum funding provided by the military and the required tuition and fees for the degree program.

For active duty military personnel returning to school not under military orders:

Students will be responsible for the first $15,000/year of required tuition and fees, and may use any available military/veteran tuition benefits toward this requirement. DUSON will provide a scholarship to cover required tuition and fees in excess of $15,000/year. If the student’s annual military tuition assistance benefit exceeds $15,000, the DUSON scholarship will equal the difference between the required tuition and fees for the degree program and the student’s annual military tuition and fees benefit.

For example: The student is eligible for a military tuition benefit of $250 per credit hour, taking 18 credit hours in a given year. That $4,500 tuition benefit would be applied toward the annual $15,000 that the student is responsible for paying. The student would then be responsible for funding the remaining $10,500. Any additional required tuition and fees above the $15,000 annually would be funded by DUSON military scholarship.

In addition to completing the online application for admission, interested students must complete and submit the military scholarship form to the Office of Admissions and Student Services.

Assistance for Veterans

For eligible veterans and their dependents, Duke University School of Nursing is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® , which the federal government adopted in 2008. Scholarships are provided annually for a select number of students in the ABSN, MSN, and DNP programs as part of the Yellow Ribbon initiative.

Additional information on military student funding is available online through the Office of the University Registrar.

Note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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