Marine Corps University, located in Quantico, Virginia, was founded on August 1, 1989 by order of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred M. Gray. Its schools claim a much longer history, beginning in 1891 with 29 company grade officers attending the School of Application. Today’s MCU is the vision and legacy of Generals Lejeune, Butler, Breckinridge, and Gray, and has evolved into the primary source of Professional Military Education for Marines worldwide. Through its resident and non-resident programs, the Marine Corps University develops the professional competence of its Marines, other service, international, and civilian students. Graduates are prepared to perform with increased effectiveness in service, joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environments at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war, across the range of military operations.
Marine Corps University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master’s degrees. The following degrees are awarded:
- Master of Strategic Studies (Marine Corps War College)
- Master of Operational Studies (School of Advanced Warfighting)
- Master of Military Studies (Marine Corps Command and Staff College)
The educational programs of Command and Staff College and Marine Corps War College are also accredited by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff through the Process for Accreditation of Joint Education. Both programs meet the requirements for Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and Phase II, respectively.
Marine Corps University consists of nine Professional Military Education (PME) programs and 13 directorates.
Marine Corps War College (MCWAR), School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW), Command and Staff College (CSC), Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS), College of Distance Education and Training (CDET), Foreign Professional Military Education (FPME), Strategy and Policy Course (SPC), Commandant’s Professional Reading List (CPRL), and Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME)
Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL), Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) Fellowship Program, The Brute Krulak Center for Applied Creativity (BKCAC), Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), Leadership Communications Skills Center (LCSC), History Division (HD), LeJeune Leadership Institution (LLI), Library of the Marine Corps (LoMC), Marine Corps University Press (MCUP), Middle East Studies (MES), and National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC).
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