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Career School Seminar Program

The Career School Seminar Program (CSSP) curriculum is derived from and parallel to the resident Career Course curriculum and the goals are identical—to prepare Marine SNCOs to:

  • Serve as ethical leaders, educated in the obstacles that affect Marine cohesion and compliance with organizational values and ethics, who recognize the responsibility of their grade to mentor junior enlisted as well as junior officers.
  • Serve as professional warfighters, educated in the Marine Corps warfighting doctrine with an emphasis on preparing for war and the conduct of war, who are introduced to operational planning and possess knowledge on national military capabilities and the foundations of joint operations.
  • Serve as sound decision makers, educated in diverse decision making processes used to formulate and solve open-ended problems in complex environments in support of the commander's intent and organizational values.


Eligibility and Enrollment

The Career School Seminar Program is available to staff sergeants and staff sergeant selects who have completed the Career Course DEP on MarineNet (EPME6000AA). CSSP (or the resident Career School course) is a PME requirement for promotion from staff sergeant to gunnery sergeant. Read about the enrollment process.


MARADMIN 462/18, AY19 Class Dates for the Enlisted College Distance Education Seminar Programs, announces the AY19 class dates and course prerequisites for the Career School Seminar Program.

All students will be assigned an instructor and will attend the seminar at a specified location or asynchronously online. CSSP consists of a 15-week program, students meeting one night per week or one weekend per month. The following are CSSP course schedules for each schedule type. Schedules for individual seminars are provided by region.

Weekday and Online:

  1. AY20 CSSP Weekly Schedule (41 KB)


  1. AY20 CSSP Weekend Schedule (37 KB)
  2. AY19 Fall Cycle Weekend Schedule (373 KB)

Completion Benefits

Higher Education

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends (291 KB) 3 upper-division bachelor's degree credits in Business Communications and 3 in Leadership and Ethics.


Marine Forces Reserve DMO ticketing procedures policy (18 KB)

Contact us for any information or guidance about CDET's seminar-based distance education programs for enlisted Marines.

Read about the Moodle learning management system or log into the CDET Moodle portal.

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

Transcripts can be obtained via MarineNet on the My Certificates page. You can print an unofficial copy, or you can request that an official transcript be sent to an educational institution, employer, or command.

Remember that Regional Culture and Language Familiarization (RCLF) is a requirement for PME completion.