SHSU Online Military Programs

Your Military-Friendly Education 

Sam Houston was born into a military family and became a legend through his heroic service to our country.  With that passion in mind, Sam Houston State University wants to serve your needs as a student. Our motto is "The measure of a Life is its Service," and as far as we’re concerned, your service to our country makes you a national treasure.

Sam Houston State University is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges Consortium and offers more than 25 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be completed entirely online.

Helping Our Military Students

We pride ourselves in serving our military and are honored to be a 2014 Military Friendly School. Here are a few examples of what make Sam Houston State University military friendly.

  • Several of Sam Houston State University’s online programs performed very well in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans, which the magazine announced in May 2014.
  • SHSU’s Veterans Resource Center, an office composed entirely of passionate veterans, is a one-stop shop for those seeking to use government and state benefits to help pay for their education.
  • One of the few campuses in Texas to process all VA educational benefits and Hazlewood waivers in-house.
  • One of four campuses in the state to employ a Department of Veterans Affairs counselor, an employee able to directly answer any questions or solve any problems regarding VA benefits.
  • The VRC personally evaluates all military transcripts, allowing candidates to acquire the maximum value of their transfer credits.
  • Servicemen, servicewomen, and dependents who obtain benefits receive priority registration.
  • Students who accept benefits will be recognized with a set of cords to honor them at graduation.

Dedicated to Your Success

We offer financial aid and tuition assistance to:

  • Dependents
  • Returning Veterans
  • Transferring Veterans
  • New Student Veterans
  • Chapter 31 Veterans
  • Hazlewood Veterans
  • SHSU AACSB Accredited
  • SHSU The Chronicle 2010 Great Colleges to Work For
  • SHSU The Princeton Review - A Best Western College
  • SHSU NCATE The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preparation
  • SHSU Ranked High in US News and World Reports for 2012 and 2013

Awards and Rankings

  • Named by U.S. News & World Report as among the Top Online programs for Graduate Education
  • College of Criminal Justice ranked in U.S. Top 5, Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, placing SHSU in the top 7% of all U.S. colleges and universities
  • Recognized by Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the West” universities
  • One of the “Most Wired” colleges in the nation, according to Princeton Review and PC Magazine
  • Wall Street Journal recognized SHSU funded research with the “Innovative Technology” award
  • Undergraduate Math program ranked in U.S. Top 8, Mathematical Association of America
  • Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” USA Today
  • Named by U.S. News & World Report as a university “Growing Fast, Staying Friendly”


  • Masters in Forensic Science, one of eight fully accredited in U.S.
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Forensic emphasis, one of seven accredited in U.S.