The College of Charleston strives to serve veterans and honor their service. The Veteran & Military Student Services website is a wealth of information. In addition to these resources, the School of Professional Studies would like to share information with prospective military and veteran students.
What’s new for military and veteran students
Beginning January 2020, the College of Charleston will accept military credits. You may earn up to 30 transfer credits from your joint services transcript (JST) or up to 60 credit hours from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript. Students admitted or readmitted for the Spring 2020 semester or future semesters will have their JST evaluated for potential transfer credit. Students previously admitted to the College and still enrolled in courses will have the opportunity to have their JST evaluated for potential transfer credit during a designated waiver period.
Want to learn even more about military credits and applying to the College of Charleston’s School of Professional Studies? Download this PDF. Email your admissions counselor or the Transfer Resource Center with questions.
Soon, the College of Charleston will be accepting DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) Credit. Individual DSST exams are currently being evaluated for transfer credit by College of Charleston faculty and the College will begin awarding transfer credit effective Fall 2020. More information will be available on the Transfer Resource Center website as Fall 2020 approaches.
Subject matter covered by DSST includes Mathematics, Social Sciences, Business, Physical Science, Technology and Humanities.
The School of Professional Studies serves military and veteran students
“The North Campus is great for getting to know students around your own age who are going through some of the same issues. I keep in contact with a lot of students that I’ve met in this program.” – Amber Leighton, ’19, veteran and Bachelor of Professional Studies graduate
“As an adult student, it’s a little bit easier for me to make excuses for why I can’t come to class. The BPS has removed all excuses as to why a veteran student – or a parent, a mother, a father – cannot come to class and get that next-level education.” – Terry Davis, ’20, veteran and Bachelor of Professional Studies student
What programs are offered through the School of Professional Studies?
The School of Professional Studies houses the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). The School of Professional Studies also houses the Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). The CCPE offers many professional development courses, leadership courses and the Sustainable Food Systems certificate. The Boeing Company provides financial support for military and veteran students completing the Sustainable Food Systems certificate.
Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS). The BPS program is designed specifically for adult students. The courses are conveniently located in North Charleston at the College of Charleston North Campus (free parking!), Live Online or fully online. The instructors are experts in their industry and have extensive real-world knowledge on the subjects they teach. In addition, they are trained to deliver courses to adult students by maintaining a consistent course structure so you always know what to expect. There are eight concentrations available: applied communication, construction management, legal studies, healthcare and medical services management, hospitality operations management, organizational management and development, project management, and quality and risk management. Learn more about the Bachelor of Professional Studies.
- Read veteran and BPS student Terry Davis’ story.
- Read veteran and BPS student Amber Leighton’s story.
Bachelor of General Studies (BGS). The BGS program allows students to choose two minors from the list of minors available at the College of Charleston. Think of the BGS almost like a “design your own degree” program. You can choose minors with obvious connections like business and communication or biology and healthcare and medical services management, or you can choose more out-of-the-box combinations like art history and project management or Greek and Geology. The BGS degree can be completed face-to-face or fully online. If you choose the fully online option, you must choose two of six online minors available at the College. Learn more about the Bachelor of General Studies.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). This program is in collaboration with the School of Business. The BSBA program offers a high-quality business curriculum and the flexibility sought by adult students. This program combines a fundamental liberal arts and sciences curriculum with core courses in accounting, economics, finance and marketing. Some of the courses can be completed online while other courses will need to be completed downtown at the Main Campus. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.
Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). Many people – those with bachelor’s degrees and those without – find that continuing and professional education is a quick and effective way to learn a specific professional skill. The CCPE has a number of online professional development courses that focus on specific skills like cybersecurity and soft skills like networking. In addition, the CCPE has licensing courses and test prep courses in career fields like real estate and for tests like the LSAT and PMP. Furthermore, the CCPE houses a certificate program that was launched in 2019 in Sustainable Food Systems. This teaches you how to grow, market and sell your own produce. Scholarships from The Boeing Company are available for veterans and military connected family members.
Meet the Staff
Mat Garrison, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Veteran/Military/ROTC Research and Liaison Director
"I am your FIRST STEP in the application process to the College of Charleston. I will evaluate your previous college credits or your Joint Services Transcripts (JST) to determine if you are right for the College of Charleston. Once that is determined, I will work with you on the application process. If you have any questions or want to learn more, contact me."
Veteran and Military Student Services
"Our office is here to advocate for Veteran and Military students, to ensure a smooth transition to campus, and to connect students with the resources they need during their time at CofC. We are striving to build a flourishing veteran and military student community on campus and to make their college experience positive and memorable!"