Veteran and Military - Graduate

Explore your options through Pfeiffer University's graduate degree programs.

We invite graduate students with military experience to pursue an advanced degree through Pfeiffer University’s graduate degree programs, where advanced academic challenges are coupled with real world experience. We make it a point to provide our graduate students with exceptional hands-on internships, individual instruction and career preparation. Students with experience in the Reserves, National Guard or other Armed Forces may be eligible for certain college credit.

Rolling Admissions

Pfeiffer University uses a rolling admissions system but recommends that students submit their applications for admission by May 1 to ensure space availability. The application fee is $50.

Application Deadline Exception

Please visit the master's in marriage and family therapy program page for details on April 1 application deadline and specific application process.

How to Apply

Our streamlined application process is simple:

  1. Check the specific requirements of the graduate degree program to see if you have completed all prerequisite courses. (See below.)
  2. Begin the online application process by clicking here: Apply Online. Complete the application form.
  3. Submit your official transcripts from all undergraduate colleges attended.
  4. Submit your graduate admissions test scores. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are all acceptable.
  5. Submit the required letters of recommendation
  6. Veterans, please see our Military Benefits page for special programs.
  7. Check the specific requirements of the degree program to determine if you need to submit any additional materials to be considered for admission. (See below.)

Application Requirements by Graduate Degree Program

Pfeiffer University offers the following graduate degree programs:

(Note that some of the programs have extra requirements for admissions.)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Master of Science in Leadership (MSL)

MBA/MHA Joint Degree

MBA/MSL Joint Degree 

MHA/MSL Joint Degree

Master of Science Financial Fraud Investigation (MSFFI)

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT)

Please submit the following special admission requirements:

Master of Practical Theology (MAPT) 

Please submit the following special admission requirements:

  • A one-page essay discussing your desire to pursue the MAPT degree

Master of Science Elementary Education (MSEE)

Please submit the following special admission requirements:

Master of Science Special Education (MSPED) 

Please submit the following special admission requirements:

Academically and Intellectually Gifted Add-on Licensure Program 

Paper Applications

While online applications are encouraged, Pfeiffer University also welcomes paper applications. You can obtain a paper application through the following channels:

Submit paper applications to the address listed above.

Portfolio Assessment

At Pfeiffer we recognize that as an adult, you have gained personal and professional development outside the traditional academic classroom. In addition to CLEP, DSST, ACE military credits and challenge exams, our portfolio process provides an opportunity to translate these experiences into college credit in various areas of learning. Up to thirty hours of credit may be awarded and applied to the elective hour requirements in the Degree Completion Program through the portfolio process.

For more details, access the student handbook here.

Learn more about testing and assessment options here

    Why Choose Pfeiffer University

    • U.S. News & World Report ranked Pfeiffer as one of the best colleges for Veterans.
    • Pfeiffer is a military-friendly school, as well as a member school of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME). Click here for information on CCME Scholarships.
    • Additionally, Pfeiffer was named a Military Advanced Education Top School in MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities. Visit the MAE website for more information.
    • The University accepts ACE military credits. Click here to find out more about the American Council on Education. Additionally, Prior Learning credits are available.  Find out more details about those here. 
    • Pfeiffer University limits academic residency to no more than 25 percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate degrees for active duty service members. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active duty service members are enrolled.  Reservists and National Guardsmen on active duty are covered in the same manner.

    VA Benefit Programs & Eligibility  

    Generally, veterans have 10 years from the date they were last released from active duty to use their educational benefits, with exception of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which allows 15 years. Spouses generally have 10 years from the date they are found eligible. Children of veterans are generally eligible from age 18 until age 26.

    The following are brief descriptions of VA benefits. Check with a veterans’ benefits counselor or read more at as these descriptions do not cover all of the details.

    • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill Duty Educational Assistance (MGIB)
      Up to 36 months of benefits, payable for 10 years after release from active duty service, paid monthly through direct deposit. Eligibility: Entered active duty after June 30,1985.
    • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
      Comprehensive education benefit for those who have served active duty since September 11, 2001. This usually covers tuition, fees and books, and includes a stipend. Check into the Transfer of Entitlement component of this benefit if you wish to transfer your benefits to a spouse or child.
    • Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
      Up to 45 months of education and training opportunities available to dependents of permanently disabled veterans.
    • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
      Monthly benefits available to members of the Selective Reserve program.
    • Chapter 1607:Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
      Education benefits available to reservists that have been called to active duty in response to a declaration of war or national emergency, available to reservists activated after September 11, 2001.

    The Department of Veteran Affairs administers these benefit programs. If you need additional assistance, please call the VA's toll free number 1-800-442-4551 to speak with a veterans’ benefits counselor. These counselors are there to help you with your educational questions and benefits.

    To inquire about your benefits, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Educational Service homepage.

    Government Links You May Find Helpful

    U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
    U.S. Department of Defense
    Department of Defense Voluntary Education
    U.S. Department of Education - Federal Student Aid

    Graduate Tuition and Fees

    Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities

    Find detailed information for your unique situation by following the links below:

    VA Certifying Official for Graduate & Adult Studies

    Kim Smith
    (800) 338-2060
    (704) 463-3061

    Charlotte Admissions Advisor

    Jeffrey Mincey
    Interim Director of Graduate and Degree Completion Enrollment
    (800) 338-2060
    (704) 945-7351

    Raleigh-Durham Admissions Advisor

    Paul Hanbury
    Assistant Director of Enrollment Events Recruitment & Engagement
    (800) 338-2060
    (919) 238-2425