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Admission & Eligibility


People who fit into one or more of the following categories are eligible to apply for SERVE:

  • Current undergraduate students (including incoming first-year or transfer students)
  • Recently or near-separated service members
  • Separated service members with undergraduate degrees in a STEM field
  • Active-duty service members with education benefits
  • Active-duty officers seeking to continue their education and promotion through graduate degrees (both master’s and doctoral)
  • Veterans who already have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field and are working in industry will be actively sought through our industrial partnerships. These individuals will be paired directly with faculty working on defense-related projects in their area of interest. 


Students interested in an undergraduate degree can apply to UT at

Students interested in a graduate degree should apply through the UT Graduate School and check the department of their discipline for any additional admission requirements. View a list of helpful information before applying to UT for graduate school.

Once enrolled, students will become eligible to join the SERVE program. Complete this interest form to get started.

Early Entry and Graduate Programs for Non-Traditional Students

Veterans with full time jobs who are interested in SERVE may also be interested in the two-year master’s degree program offered by the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE). This degree is structured to allow students to continue to work full time while they pursue and complete the degree. Students move through the program as a close-knit cohort to foster community and networking. SERVE is working with ISE to create a veteran student cohort.