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Regional Accreditation

Marine Corps University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Marine Corps University. 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 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.

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.

Student Satisfaction

Attitudes of students while in residence are a critical element in assessing customer satisfaction and ensuring that the goals for student achievement are acknowledged and realized by the students themselves. Students from all schools report highly favorable levels of satisfaction with educational programs and feel much better prepared as a result of attending the professional military education programs. A summary of key questions addressing the quality of the educational programs and students' perceptions of achievement is presented below. The goal is to achieve >80% of responses in either the "strongly agree" or "agree" categories indicating favorable levels of satisfaction. Survey data confirms student satisfaction with the educational experience available at the University.

MCU Student Satisfaction Survey Data AY16-20

Survey Question​ AY16 AY17 AY18 AY19 AY20​
MCU is committed to academic achievement.​ 97% 99% 98% 100% ​99%
The quality of instruction I received was excellent.​ 98% 97% 99% 97% ​99%
​I accomplished my educational objectives. 98% 97% 97% 96% ​98%
​The MCU faculty were well-prepared for each class of instruction. 99% 98% 98% 97% ​99%
​The MCU faculty were qualified to teach the material in the curriculum. 99% 99% 99% 95% 99%​
​The MCU faculty were able to provide learning experiences that promoted peer interaction. 99% 97% 97% 98% 98%​


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