CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering is helping veterans make their transition into civilian life smoother. The program allows students to maintain and grown in their careers while furthering their education.

Around one-third of the students in an 11-month long course are veterans. The master’s program can lead to a rewarding career in engineering or information technology.

Adam Carlson spent 11 years serving in the U.S. Navy. Carlson said this master’s program is helping him get re-acclimated in the civilian world.

"It’s been a helpful transition. I think if I jumped into a program where there was absolutely nobody that kind of spoke the language I spoke it would be even more difficult," he said.

It’s been 20 years since Army National Guard Veteran Michael Donnelly was last in college. He is using the program to invest in himself to better his current job in homeland security.

"The guys that are veterans that are recent grads they've been kind of helping me instill good practices in learning again," said Donnelly.

Veterans Day is November 11, and UVA’s Accelerated Master’s Program in Systems Engineering encourages all veterans to consider furthering their education as their tuition will be partially or fully paid for.