Cooperative Programs

United College of San Antonio

The University of the Incarnate Word, the Oblate School of Theology, Our Lady of the Lake University, and St. Mary’s University enjoy a program of inter-institutional cooperation through a consortium for the exchange of course offerings and of faculty members. There is a common commitment to the objective of placing at the service of every student the resources of all four institutions. Courses taken at one University, as long as they are approved as part of a student’s degree plan, are transferable to any other University in the consortium, and a student’s credits in these courses are accepted as if they were taken at his/her own University. For more information on regulations concerning inter-institutional enrollment, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Air Force R.O.T.C.

By arrangement with the University of Texas at San Antonio, a student may obtain a commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at the University of The Incarnate Word and completion of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at UTSA. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis which provides tuition and fee assistance, a book allotment, and a monthly subsistence allowance.

The following ROTC courses are offered through UTSA:

Foundations of U.S. Air Force I/II: 1 credit hour freshman level course which introduces students to the U.S. Air Force

Evolution of U.S. Air and Space Power I/II: 1 credit hour sophomore level course examines the history of air and space power.

Leadership Studies I/II: 3 credit hour junior level course focusing on leadership and management principals.

National Security and Active Duty Prep I/II: 3 credit hour senior level course which provides students with the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society.

In addition, students will have to attend a weekly leadership laboratory and physical training. For more information, please contact Air Force ROTC at UTSA, 458-4624, or UTSA at 458-8000.

Army R.O.T.C.

By arrangement with the Alamo Community Colleges, University of the Incarnate Word and Our Lady of the Lake University, the following program description also pertain to enrollees from those institutions in the St. Mary's University Department of Military Science. In addition, a Leadership Laboratory is held every Wednesday afternoon for two hours, to further the development of leadership skills through a varied program consisting of field trips, practical exercises, and visits to military installations. This laboratory is required each semester for all Military Science students.

Four Year Program

The Basic Course, usually pursued concurrently with the freshman and sophomore years, is voluntary for students who are physically qualified for military training. There is no obligation incurred by non-scholarship cadets. Veterans who have served on active duty for a period of over one year and who have received an honorable discharged, or High School students that have completed 3 or 4 years of JROTC may be granted credit for the basic course with concurrence of the Professor of Military Science.

The Advanced Course is for students who are physically qualified and have met the standards prescribed by the Professor of Military Science in scholastic achievement and demonstrated leadership ability. Cadets are normally enrolled in the Advanced Course during their Junior and Senior Year or Graduate students pursuing a Master Degree. They are required to attend a four-week ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) the summer following their junior year. Upon satisfactory completion of LDAC and the academic work required for a degree, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Regular Army, the Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard.

Two-Year Program- Advance Course

In addition to the standard four-year course outlined above, the Army ROTC offers a two-year program for those who did not have or take the opportunity to complete the normal Basic Course. In order to enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must successfully complete four weeks of leadership training, provided at the Leadership Training Course (LTC) during the summer months prior to beginning their junior year or their first year in graduate school. If students desire to take advantage of this opportunity, they should communicate directly with the Professor of Military Science not later than March 1 of the year proceeding the Fall semester of the school year. Those students seeking a Master Degree are eligible to participate in our two-year program. This program also provides competitive scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship and Remuneration

The Department of the Army offers 4, 3, and 2-year competitive scholarship assistance to qualifying ROTC students. This assistance consists of payment up to $25,000 a year to cover tuition and fees, and a $1200.00 a year book allotment, plus a grant to the ROTC cadet of $300.00 to $500.00 a month during the period of enrollment (not to exceed 40 months). The student need not be enrolled in the ROTC program prior to competing for a scholarship. Students interested in competing for scholarship assistance under this program should contact the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer.

ARMY Nurse Corps

As a ROTC nursing student, you'll be able to combine college electives in military science, and an invaluable summer clinical experience, with your regular nursing program. You will develop your professional and leadership skills while learning about yourself and what you can accomplish.

Uniform and Equipment

All uniforms, textbooks and other equipment will be issued to students enrolled in Army ROTC courses. Students are responsible for the maintenance and up keep of all items issued to them.


The Professor of Military Science and the Army ROTC offices are located at University of Incarnate Word in the Nursing Building, Room 146. For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact Augustine Chez Varela, Enrollment Officer of the Military Science Department, at, or call 832-3210; (mobile) 210-379-1997, or visit the office Mon.–Wed., 8:00am– 2:00pm