Pursue a Rewarding Career in Veterans Services

Develop the skills you need with an Advanced Certificate in Veterans Services from SUNY Empire State College

As more active-duty servicemembers transition to civilian life, there is a growing need for qualified professionals to work with our veterans. You can help meet this need with an Advanced Certificate in Veteran Services.

No matter where you work, the certificate will make you a more effective service provider by developing skills and knowledge that go beyond simple technical training in current policies and available benefits. This 12-credit program will:

  • enhance your ability to advocate for veterans and do effective outreach
  • give you insight into the needs and culture of specific veteran populations
  • deepen your better understanding of the evolving politics of veteran services

Delivered completely online so you can fit graduate study into your busy life, the certificate program includes four 3-credit courses:

  • Veterans Services and Public Policy
  • Veterans Outreach, Services and Advocacy
  • Veterans’ Programs and Benefits
  • Military and Veteran Culture: Developing Cultural Competency

These courses are applicable to the college’s M.A. in Social and Public Policy, or can be taken as individual courses by anyone with an accredited bachelor’s degree.

What Students Say

Jeremy Bagley

The certificate in veterans services was amazing. Not only did I gain a better appreciation for veterans and military culture, I developed a skill set that greatly enhanced my ability to excel in my career. Even as an eight-year military veteran and a professional veterans service provider, I learned more than I could have imagined. You’re being taught by and you go to class with veterans services professionals who are the best in the country at what they do. The networking opportunities are amazing and I continue to collaborate with instructors and former classmates. It was an incredible experience and it helped me take my career to the next level.

Jeremy James Bagley

Veterans’ Affairs Coordinator and VA Certifying Official Nazareth College of Rochester

Christine Bridges

Hundreds of thousands of veterans and their dependents need services from providers who have a basic understanding of the military experience. The program provides valuable insight into benefits programs and the challenges faced by both the veterans and the people working in the Veterans Administration. It emphasizes working toward realistic solutions for and with veterans. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who seeks to work with veterans and their families, now or in the future.

Christine Bridges

Army veteran, Army spouse, Family Readiness Group (FRG) Advisor to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion at Fort Drum and Facilitator/Trainer Employment Workshops at Fort Drum

Why Study at Empire State College?

Expertise and Quality

Our faculty are experts in their fields who care as much as you do. As a recipient of the American Council on Education (ACE) and Wal-Mart Foundation Success for Veterans Award Grant, and included in the Military Times list of "Best for Vets: College 2014", we have visibility and credibility among veteran communities.

Networking Opportunities

Our students come with a variety of backgrounds and from all over the country. They are veterans, family members, social service providers, and educators who bring a broad range of knowledge and experience to class discussions. They work in schools, service agencies, law enforcement, government and corporations, and they will be your colleagues as you continue on with your efforts because they share your belief in its importance and value.


Empire State College tuition rates are among the lowest in the region. Graduate tuition is only $453 per credit for active-duty military, guard, reservists and veterans, and New York state residents.

In addition:

  • all fees are waived for active-duty military, guard, reservists and veterans (except the residency fee for residency-based courses)
  • the program is eligible for VA and TA Funding
  • Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are also available in New York and some other states
  • many students are eligible for other financial aid, such as scholarships, loans, grants, or employer tuition benefits.

Take the Next Step

Complete the form on this page to request more information about the Advanced Certificate in Veterans Services.

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