The 16-week Washington Vets to Tech certificate program provides computer science and informational technology education to active-duty servicemembers in their last 6 months of service; veterans with an honorable or general discharge; and spouses of active-duty military or eligible veterans -- upcoming sessions begin in January 2022 and May 2022. 

Program highlights

  • Earn a certificate in computer science. 
  • Classes offered on the Lacey campus and at JBLM 
  • Small class sizes 
  • Available to active-duty in their last 6 months of service; veterans with an honorable or general discharge; and spouses of active-duty military or eligible veterans. 
  • Advanced certificate in IT operations with a paid internship with a technology company. 
  • Upon completion, students will receive an academic certificate and will have been tested for several industry certifications, depending on the track. 

Certificate programs

Saint Martin's offers two certificate tracks:

  • Server Cloud Administration
  • Cloud Application Development  

How to apply

There are three sessions for this 16-week program. Sessions run in the Fall (August to December), Spring (January to May), and Summer (May to August).

Fill out the application to apply for the WaV2T program. Active duty participants must be within 180 days of their end-of-service date to be eligible to participate in the program. 

You may apply through SMU and start the CSP/Skillbridge command approval process at the same time.

Active duty service members on terminal leave at the start date of the program do not require CSP/Skillbridge approval 

Fall 2021:

Server and Network Administration | Cloud Application Development 

August 30 to December 17, 2021

Application Deadline – Closed

Spring 2022: 

Server and Network Administration | Cloud Application Development 

January 10 to May 6, 2022 

Application Deadline – December 15, 2021 

Summer 2022:

Server and Network Administration | Cloud Application Development 

May 9 to August 19, 2022 

Application deadline – April 29, 2022 

Upload your proof of service to your application, this is required to prove your eligibility for the program.  

Veterans - DD-214 member 4 copy  

Active Duty - SRB/ERB/ORB/SURF/BIR depending on branch of service for active duty. We will also accept a Statement of Service memorandum signed by your commanding officer. 

Military Spouses - Proof of marriage to the service member, and documents verifying the service member's active duty or veteran status.  

Saint Martin University MTH 101—Intermediate Algebra is the math prerequisite. WAVets2Tech Admissions will evaluate your unofficial transcript to determine if you meet the math prerequisite. If you do not, you can take the math placement exam or you can take a math course that meets this prerequisite. If you plan to take the math course with a school other than Saint Martin's, email the school name and course number to to verify the class meets the prerequisite. 

Unofficial transcripts: Request unofficial transcripts from any college/university you have attended where you earned a College Algebra level math credit, or any higher-level math, with a grade of C or higher. Upload to your application or email to: 

Math placement exam: If we determine you do not meet our math prerequisite or you do not have college transcripts, we will provide access to our math placement exam to meet this prerequisite. 

After all prerequisites are met, the final step is the pre-program behavioral interview. Applicants will not receive a seat in the class until the pre-program interview is complete and they receive the official acceptance letter. 

We prioritize interviews by the nearest upcoming term, and we will reach out to you directly to schedule the interview.

JBLM: Service members stationed at JBLM must attend the CSP briefing to begin the command approval process. CSP in-person briefings are held every Monday at 12:00pm in the Hawk Center, North Fort, Bldg. 11577 JBLM, WA 98433; CSP Virtual briefings are held Thursdays at 3:00pm via Zoom. Please contact the CSP representative for appointments:

Other locations: For service members not located at JBLM, contact your local CSP or Skillbridge representative to initiate the process. If you do not have a local CSP representative, contact the JBLM CSP team at You should not need an acceptance letter to start the CSP/Skillbridge application process, you can apply to SMU and start the command approval paperwork at the same time. 

If accepted into the program, you will be granted a conditional admit until CSP/Skillbridge program request is approved and received. 

Financial aid

Four months of GI Bill benefits used per program track

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill 
  • Montgomery GI Bill  
  • Substantial scholarships available for those without VA funding    

It is recommended that students apply for their GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) no later than 30 days prior to their term start date. You can apply for your CoE and find more information here. If you have additional GI Bill questions, please email Mercedes Garrido at or call the VA at 888-442-4551, Monday through Friday, 5:00am to 4:00pm PT / 8:00am to 7:00pm ET.

Residence halls

  • Active duty: Room in residence halls are available at no charge
  • Veterans and spouses: $2,800 per semester. GI Bill MHA rate calculated with zip code 98503

To apply for housing, you must fill out a housing form here. All applicants must pay a $200 refundable deposit.

Serving our military community

Saint Martin's University has a long and lauded history of supporting and serving our military community.

2021-2022 Military Friendly® School

2021-2022 Military Friendly® School

Saint Martin's University is honored to be awarded the gold 2021-22 Military Friendly® school distinction and the highest ranked private, non-doctoral-granting institution in Washington.

Learn more about the Military Friendly® School designation

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First Purple Heart University in Washington

The Military Order of the Purple Heart designated Saint Martin’s the first Purple Heart university or college in Washington state. The designation is in recognition of Saint Martin’s history of supporting veterans and their families. 

Learn more about the Purple Heart University designation