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The Marine Corps University reports to the United States Marine Corps Training And Education Command. It was established on August 1, 1989 by General Alfred M. Gray, Jr., then Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Marine Corps University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Master's Degrees.

Mission and Vision

Mission: Marine Corps University's mission is to "Develop, deliver, and evaluate professional military education and training through resident and distant education programs in order to prepare leaders to meet the challenges of operational environments."

Vision: To parallel the excellence of our Corps with an educational institution that facilitates the continuing development of our leaders, skilled in the arts and sciences of war and capable of critical and creative thinking, sound judgment, and reasoned decision-making.

Although it is called the Marine Corps University, the facility provides accredited degree programs for only Commissioned Officers, The University provides no accredited or degree producing programs for enlisted Marines.


The Marine Corps University's history dates back to 1891 when 29 company officers attended the School of Application. This facility became the Officers Training School in 1909, and later relocated to Marine Corps Base Quanticomarker. In 1919, Major General John A. Lejeune ordered the creation of the Marine Corps Officers Training School. Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler established the Field Officers Course, in October 1920 and the Company Grade Officers Course in July 1921.

Degree programs

Marine Corps War College: The mission of the Marine Corps War College is to educate selected senior officers and civilians for decision-making across the range of military operations in a joint, interagency, and multinational environment. Marine Corps War College graduates are prepared to assume senior leadership positions of increasing complexity through the study of national military strategy, theater strategy and plans, and military support to those strategies within the context of national security policies, decision-making, objectives, and resources. Marine Corps War College graduates receive a Master of Strategic Studies (MSS) degree.

Command and Staff College: Informed by the study of history, language and culture, CSC educates and trains its joint, multinational, and interagency professionals in order to produce skilled warfighting leaders able to overcome diverse 21st Century security challenges. Command and Staff College offers students the option of completing the requirements for a Master of Military Studies (MMS) degree.

School of Advanced Warfighting: The School of Advanced Warfighting provides a follow-on, graduate-level professional military education for selected field grade officers who have completed the Marine Corps or sister service command and staff college course. The course develops complex problem solving and decision making skills that can be used to improve the warfighting capabilities of an organization at the operational level of war. School of Advanced Warfighting graduates receive a Master of Operational Studies (MOS) degree.

Schools, Programs and Courses

Expeditionary Warfare School : formerly Amphibious Warfare School : The mission of EWS is to provide Marine Captains career-level professional military education and oversee their professional military training in command and control, MAGTF operations ashore, and naval expeditionary operations. This training and education will enable them to command or serve as primary staff officers in their MOS, integrate the capabilities resident within their element of the MAGTF, integrate their element within the MAGTF, and understand the functions of the other elements of the MAGTF.

Enlisted Professional Military Education : The mission of the Enlisted Professional Military Education branch is to provide progressive educational opportunities to improve leadership, critical thinking capability and sound tactical skills for enlisted Marines throughout their careers. Our goal is to provide the Marine Corps enlisted leaders current operational information while emphasizing the Marine Corps’ time-honored traditions to maximize the enlisted leader’s ability to contribute to the warfighting capabilities of their units and provide the best leadership to our younger Marines. Our approach utilizes formal resident courses as well as distant education programs.

School of MAGTF Logistics : The mission of the School of MAGTF Logistics (SOML) is to develop, deliver, and evaluate the logistics education of the Marine Corps, and to manage the logistics education continuum in order to increase the combat effectiveness of Marine Corps operating forces, Marine Forces Reserve, the supporting establishment, and Headquarters Marine Corps.

College of Continuing Education:

Compendium of Awards:

Professional Development Division: Commanders' Program

Professional Reading

Senior Leader Development Program

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