Marine Corps University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters degrees. Questions  about  the  accreditation  of  Marine Corps University may  be  directed  in  writing  to  the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA  30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (


Marine Corps University offers the following degrees:

• Master of Strategic Studies 

• Master of Operational Studies

• Master of Military Studies

The Commission’s contact information is provided above so that interested constituents may learn about the accreditation status of the institution, file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support Marine Corps University’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Normal inquiries about Marine Corps University, such as admission requirements, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the registrar and not to the Commission’s office.

Academic Programs and CIP Codes

Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Accreditation

The educational programs of Command and Staff College (including the Command and Staff College Distance Education Program) 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.

Public Disclosure of Student Achievement 

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Principles of Accreditation, Standard 8.1 (Student Achievement) requires institutions to identify, evaluate, and publish goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution's mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. It also indicates that the institution should use multiple measures to document student success.

MCU Mission and Student Achievement Indicators


Per the mission of Marine Corps University (MCU), the University prepares leaders for service to the nation. MCU’s student achievement criteria for its master’s degree-granting programs reflect its mission and role as a federal military institution. They also set high expectations for achievement, as completion of the resident PME programs is a requirement for the continued professional advancement of selected students. MCU’s four student achievement criteria are:

  1. Graduation rate;

  2. Student achievement of Curriculum Review-Board-approved learning outcomes;

  3. Graduate performance; and

  4. Student satisfaction with academic courses and programs.


The sections below highlight MCU’s performance relative to each of these criterion. The three degree granting programs include the Master of Strategic Studies (MSS; Marine Corps War College), the Master of Operational Studies (MOS; School of Advanced Warfighting), and the Master of Military Studies (MMS; Marine Corps Command and Staff College).