Getting Started On Your Master’s Degree

The Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) has partnered with multiple universities to provide graduates of our 8900 series Command and Staff College Distance Education Program (CSCDEP) and 8650 series Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program (EWSDEP), the opportunity to earn credits towards a Master’s Degree.  CDET has partnered with the University of Oklahoma (OU), University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Indiana University, Webster University, and Marshall University.  Each university will grant graduate level credits for course work completed for a variety of different degree and certificate programs. 

OU grants CSCDEP graduates 15 graduate level credits toward a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership (MAAL). UMUC grants 15 graduate level credits toward a Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Marine Corps Operations.  Indiana University grants 18 graduate level credits toward a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or 6 credits toward a graduate level certificate in Public Management or Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  Marshall University grants graduates of EWSDEP or CSCDEP 12 graduate level credits toward a Master’s Degree in Leadership.  Webster University grants graduates of the EWSDEP and CSCDEP 12-15 graduate level credits toward any of the following graduate degree programs: Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Human Resources Management, Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, and Master of Arts in International Relations. 

Representatives and staff at each university have demonstrated they understand the critical work load we have as Marines.  In CSCDEP Assistant Dean Mr. Haskin’s words “I’ve been fortunate enough to speak with all of the university representatives and they have been so easy to work with.  We are so pleased with the efforts they have gone to while helping our Marines during the difficult times they often endure pursuing their education.” Each degree program offered by our partner universities requires a different number of credits - so check them all out. 

The Marine Corps Tuition Assistance (TA) program has helped our Marines achieve their degrees with very little cost to them. MARADMIN 639/11 TA Funding Provision and Restriction states $4,500.00 per fiscal year, $250.00 in assistance per semester hour for graduate level courses.  (This MARADMIN was an addendum to MCO 1560.25 chapter 6).

CDET and our partner universities understand the academic rigor our DEPs require, as well as the significant leadership experience held by our graduates.  There are multiple ways to earn a Master’s Degree; why not use your military experience and Professional Military Education to help earn yours.

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