Expeditionary Warfare School

Distance Education Program
College of Distance Education and Training

The Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program (EWSDEP) educates and trains company grade officers in order to prepare them mentally and morally for billets of increased responsibility across the Fleet Marine Force and the Joint Force, with emphasis on the warfighting capabilities of a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) operating within a complex and distributed Naval expeditionary environment.



The following personnel are eligible to participlate (in order of priority):

  1. Marine Corps captains (unrestricted, limited duty, and select)
  2. Marine Corps chief warrant officer (CWO) 3s and CWO3-selects
  3. International officers
  4. Government civilians (GS-12 equivalent and above)

If space is available:

  1. Marine Corps first lieutenants and CWO2s (This excludes the blended seminar program.)
  2. Sister service captains/lieutenants (O-3s) (This excludes the blended seminar program.)
  3. Marine Corps staff noncommissioned officers (SNCOs) of grade E-7 through E-9 with an approved waiver request


CDET's regional offices work with each student to determine a schedule that best fits their educational goals and the constraints of their personal time. At the end of a program's enrollment period, the regional office for each region creates a set of seminar schedules to accomodate the students as much as possible while meeting the requirements of the seminar. This ensures that each seminar has an appropriate class size and a variety of MOSs to encourage discussion and interaction.

Four types of seminar schedules are offered: weekday, weekend, online, and the blended seminar program. Online portions of seminars are done via Moodle.

Weekday, Weekend, and Online

Weekday, weekend, and online schedules are designed to deliver the entire curriculum in two academic years.

Schedules for individual seminars are provided by region.


Students will submit enrollment requests for the 8670 prerequisite beginning on 1 January 2020 through MarineNet, course code EWSDEPPREQ. Instructions for requesting enrollment in seminar for 8671 will be in the prerequisite course site.

Important: please read MARADMIN 396/19, Expeditionary Warfare School DEP Curriculum Transition from 8660 to 8670 Series

Contact your local regional office for more information.

Blended Seminar Program

BSPs combine resident and online education. Students also participate in extracurricular field studies program events.

The blended seminar program provides students with an opportunity to receive their professional military education (PME) through a combination of resident and non-resident (online) education at or near their home station. These BSPs enable students to gain a greater depth of educational experience, while minimizing family turbulence by allowing them to remain on station and with their commands.

In addition to the standard curriculums, students participate in extracurricular field studies program events to include staff rides and visits to surrounding national historic sites which are representative of our culture, national heritage, and government institutions.


The blended seminar program allows applicable military personnel to complete career level school (CLS) requirements within a single academic year—as opposed to two academic years for the traditional on-site or online seminars. The initial resident period lasts for 4 weeks. The non-resident, online period lasts for 12 weeks. Students then return for their final resident period of 6 weeks and participate in an official graduation ceremony. The resident periods are held at Quantico, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Camp Pendleton, CA; Kaneohe Bay, HI; and Okinawa, Japan.

Schedules for individual seminars are provided by region.


To enroll in the blended seminar program, contact the regional office for the region you would like to attend (Quantico, Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton, Hawaii, or Okinawa).

Important: please read MARADMIN 396/19, Expeditionary Warfare School DEP Curriculum Transition from 8660 to 8670 Series

Funded Seats

International and reserve officers might be able to apply for a funded seat.

Reserve Officers

Apply for a funded seat in a blended seminar program by submitting an application via the Manpower & Reserve Affairs website.  

Contact the reserve liaison office for more information.

International Officers

Apply for a funded seat in a blended seminar program by submitting an enrollment form to the appropriate IMSO. Enrollment forms are screened to ensure the student meets the enrollment eligibility criteria set forth by MCO 1553.4B, Professional Military Education (PME), and by PME policies of the Marine Corps University and CDET.

Contact the appropriate international military student officer (IMSO) for more information.


  • MARADMIN 575/15, TECOM Formal Schools Travel Support (FSTS) Program Guidance

Curricula Completion Reporting

Active and reserve Marines that complete EWSDEP courses on MarineNet will have their course completions (course and school code) sent automatically to their official military record in the Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS). MMRP-20 will then pull the completions of the entire curricula from MCTFS, automatically generate a completion certificate, and post the certificate to each student's official military personnel file (OMPF). CDET will post copies of diplomas for distinguished graduates and blended seminar program graduates into their OMPF. Only a certificate is required; students are not required to input their diplomas into their OMPF records if a certificate already exists.

If the completion of the curriculum shows in MCTFS, but does not appear in OMPF, please contact CDET Student Support via the MarineNet help desk, option 2.

Reserve Retirement Credits

Effective , reserve officers completing distance learning military courses will earn one reserve retirement credit for every four hours of study. Credits are granted upon completion of a course.

EWSDEP reserve retirement credits
Course Credits
8671 23
8672 22
8673 22
8674 24

Graduate Benefits

Master's Degrees and Certificates

CDET has partnered with several universities and colleges to provide credits to help graduates achieve a variety of master's degrees and certificates.



Contact your local regional office for any information or guidance about CDET's distance education programs for officers.

Read about the Moodle learning management system. 

Several external resources are available to assist in your research or school work.

Information about the Expeditionary Warfare School resident program is available on the Marine Corps University website.

Transcripts can be obtained via MarineNet.

Marine Corps University