The Catalyst at SMU

Military Transition Program| From Boots to Boardroom

Program Fast Facts

  • Start date: January 16, 2024
  • Full-time
  • Online
  • 8 weeks
  • 13,995
    GI Bill® Approved

The Catalyst at SMU

Why should you enroll in The Catalyst at SMU?

World-class reputation of SMU

Gateway to Higher Education

Earn graduate level credit hours and a Project Management Certificate.

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Distinguished faculty and highly experienced practitioners

World-Class Instruction

Learn from recognized leaders with specialized knowledge and real-world experience.

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Prepared to impress, earn respect and succeed

GI Bill® Approved

The Catalyst at SMU is GI Bill® Approved. 


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Convenient online classes

Personalized Military-to-Civilian Coaching

We’ll help you prepare to successfully transition into the civilian workforce.

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The Catalyst at SMU is an 8-week transition program, focused on guiding military service members through the transition from service to the classroom or the workforce. Throughout The Catalyst at SMU program, you’ll participate in career transition focused curriculum, receive brand management training, earn a professional certificate in project management and complete graduate level credit hours.

During the first week of the program, you’ll spend time “finding your why” as we dive into fulfilling your purpose after the military. Understanding how your military experiences translate into the private sector will ensure your knowledge and expertise can be applied to a viable civilian career choice.

As the program progresses, you’ll work with four top companies with real-life operational problems to solve. You’ll collaborate with other students to understand the issues and propose solutions to the problems the companies present. Through these assignments, you’ll gain exposure to an array of occupations and employment options. You'll also be able to show off your individual strengths and knowledge to hiring managers, which has the potential to generate career opportunities. 

Daniel Hance

Instructor Highlight

Daniel Hance is the Creator/CEO of The Catalyst. He is a former US Army Officer, and Iraq War combat veteran. Daniel initially conceptualized the framework for The Catalyst in 2005, when he returned to college to complete his undergraduate degree after returning from serving in Iraq. He experienced firsthand how frustrating the transition back to the classroom can be for both veterans and their spouses, which inspired him to create a program to help make the change easier for military families. Daniel is also the recipient of the Evan Williams American Hero (2020) award. Read more.

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GI Bill® Approved

Active military, spouses, and veterans receive a special 10% tuition discount on all SMU CAPE programs and courses. You may also be able to use eligible VA education benefits – making your education accessible and affordable.