Military Academic Pathway Program – fast track your entry to university.
The Military Academic Pathway Program (MAPP) is open to Australian Defence Force veterans, including personnel still serving, those in the process of transition, and for people who have already left the military. Upon successful completion, students may apply to commence a Flinders University degree.
* This is a Commonwealth Government funded program, meaning there are no fees charged to undertake the course. Upon successful completion of the program, students are able to undertake further university studies.
Blake Groves, Bachelor of Exercise Science/MAPP alumni
Laksh Bains, Bachelor of Behavioural Science/MAPP
Corey Hayward, Bachelor of Health Sciences/MAPP alumni
The MAPP can be completed over 12 weeks through flexible online study plus optional opportunities to meet with teachers in-person at Flinders’ Bedford Park campus. This means that if you have a busy work/life schedule, you can choose study options both online and in-person to best suit your availability – and you don’t have to take any time off work! A full program schedule will be made available to all students prior to commencement.
By completing the Military Academic Pathway Program (MAPP), you will learn essential study skills including academic writing, referencing, critical thinking, effective communication, and numeracy skills to set you up for success at university.
You will also be introduced to academic staff and university support services to help you develop a sense of belonging at Flinders and to give you exposure to the different disciplines the university has to offer.
If you successfully complete the Military Academic Pathway Program (online or in-person) you will be considered for admission to the following Flinders University undergraduate degrees:
To secure your place in this course, you need to read your offer letter carefully. The offer letter details the necessary steps required to secure your place. Please action these steps as soon as possible (and by no later than the course start date).
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The MAPP will be offered in the first half of 2023 online over a 12-week period, with optional on-campus activities. The course is largely self-paced meaning there is no need to take time off work to complete study.
The MAPP has been developed to give you the confidence and skills needed to succeed at university.
By undertaking the MAPP, you’ll be introduced to academic staff and university support services to help you develop a sense of belonging at Flinders, and to give you exposure to the different disciplines the university has to offer.
In addition to this, you’ll learn essential study skills including academic writing, referencing, critical thinking, effective communication, and numeracy skills to set you up for success at university.
Students completing the MAPP should allow approximately five hours of weekly learning time in addition to some time spent preparing assessment pieces throughout the course. This can be completed at your own pace throughout the 12-week period.
Yes. University is completely different to school, in the sense that you have much more freedom to manage your own time and learning.
As military experience qualifies you for entry to the MAPP, you don’t need to worry if you haven’t had any prior study experience. The MAPP recognises that veterans have many transferrable skills that are key to university study and the program has been designed taking this into account.
University is a very supportive environment. The MAPP will provide you with introductions to support services, as well as links to the Australian Student Veterans Association (Flinders Chapter), which provides veterans with a supportive community of likeminded students.
The supportive structure of the MAPP is the reason that 100% of veterans surveyed said they felt more confident to start studying after completing the program.
Students who successfully complete the MAPP will be considered for direct admission to more than 30 Flinders University undergraduate degrees (including a wide range of purely online degrees). MAPP graduates can then apply for their chosen undergraduate degree through Flinders directly.
Students who have previously completed the MAPP have gone on to study in a wide range of disciplines including psychology, health sciences, engineering, information technology, science, nursing, social work, and more.
Flinders University is committed to supporting students to achieve academic excellence, while also undertaking service or training in the Australian Defence Force Reserves.
If you’re a member of the Defence Reserves, you may be eligible for some flexibility in meeting academic requirements. Please see our Defence Reserves webpage for further information.
While we can provide information about direct admission to a wide range of Flinders’ degrees, we cannot provide specific advice on the admissions requirements of other universities. If you are considering using the MAPP as a pathway program for another university, we would recommend contacting the institution directly to enquire.
You can apply to have your professional military qualifications recognised as credit toward your new program of study, which could reduce the length of time required to complete your course.
In most cases you need to have completed a qualification at Certificate IV level or higher to be considered for credit transfer. If your previous area of study is not related to your university study, some degrees allow for general credit to be awarded based on your level of recognised qualification only, irrespective of the content matter.
All credit applications are considered on a case-by-case basis by the university. If you are interested in exploring your options for credit, please visit the credit transfer page for contact details to speak to a prospective student advisor.
If you hold qualifications from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) you can apply for a wide range of undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
View the range of admission pathways available to applicants holding recognised qualifications, or those applying based on work and life experience.
Flinders welcomes Defence Force and Veteran Support Organisations to reach out for more information about the Military Academic Pathway Program (MAPP).
Bring a group to visit Flinders’ picturesque Bedford Park campus to learn more about the MAPP and take a campus tour to get familiar with the Flinders University environment. (Please allow approx. 1.5 hours for the in-person presentation and tour).
Arrange an online presentation to your group to learn more about MAPP online. (Please allow approx. 45 minutes for the online presentation)
If you would like to promote MAPP within your organisation, we can send printed or digital brochures and posters to you for distribution.
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