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SOC Army Degrees (SOC DNS)

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) consortium colleges and universities are dedicated to helping Servicemembers and their families earn college degrees. Military students can take courses in their off-duty hours at or near military installations in the United States, overseas, and on Navy ships. For more information regarding participating colleges and curriculum offerings, consult the SOC Web site.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Army Degree (SOC DNS)

SOC DNS is a system of college curriculum networks designed by SOC for Army Soldiers and their adult family members. Networks consist of groups of colleges and universities that have agreed to accept each other's courses in a particular program of study. Students can move freely among the colleges in a network without being reevaluated or worrying about whether or not courses will transfer. SOC DNS-2 is the associate degree network program; SOC DNS-4 is the bachelor's degree network program.

SOC DNS-2 and SOC DNS-4 colleges provide students with the opportunity to complete college degrees without losing credit because of frequent changes in duty station. Curricula, or courses of study, are offered by colleges and universities on or accessible to most Army installations worldwide.

A Soldier can take advantage of the SOC DNS network system by contacting a local Army Education Center (AEC). The Army Education Counselor helps the Soldier with program selection, tuition assistance, and referral to a SOC DNS college or university. This college is the “home college” for the SOC DNS student.

Program Components
  • Limited academic residency. SOC DNS colleges and universities require no more than 25% of a degree program in residence at the home college, and courses taken from the college anywhere in the world at any time during study for a degree to count toward residency
  • A formal agreement between college and student. Soldiers are required to have a Student Agreement (SA) or documented degree map in place by the end of their second class taken at the home college. The SA, or documented degree map, lists classes that will advance a Soldier toward a degree. It includes appropriate credit for previous college courses, nontraditional learning, Army Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), and military training courses; and it shows results of national examinations
  • Credit transfer guarantees. SOC DNS colleges and universities guarantee to accept in transfer courses listed in the transferability tables of the SOC DNS-2 and SOC DNS-4 Handbooks, which are used as manuals for the SOC DNS system by college and military counselors. Listed courses are transferred among network colleges and universities without course-by-course prior approval for individual students. SOC DNS colleges and universities also guarantee to accept college-level General Education elective courses in specified course areas. These guarantees are in effect only when a SOC DNS Student Agreement has been issued and only for transfer back to the home college
  • Three program-delivery options. Soldiers can complete degrees at SOC DNS colleges and universities with courses offered in classroom settings, via distance learning, or by learning assessment. Students can combine these options in completing courses outlined in their SOC DNS Student Agreements
  • Completion after military service. Soldiers can complete degrees and certificates/diplomas after leaving the Army

For more information vist the SOC DNS Web site

To view the SOC Transferability Tables, view the SOC Degree Network System Handbooks.

For the SOC DNS-2 Transferability Tables, open the SOC Degree Network System-2 Handbook. The College Course Index begins on Page 8-5 and the Transferability Tables begin on Page 8-54.

For the SOC DNS-4 Transferability Tables, open the SOC Degree Network-4 Handbook. The College Course Index begins on Page 8-5 and the Transferability Tables begin on Page 8-40.