U.S. military members join online learning at The Citadel

Men and women serving in the U.S. military can now participate in online masters and undergraduate degree curriculums, and certificate programs from The Citadel Graduate College, which recently expanded its online learning center.


Men and women serving in the U.S. military can now participate in online master's and undergraduate degree curriculums, and certificate programs from The Citadel Graduate College, which recently expanded its online learning center.

The programs are designed for non-cadets. They are perfect for busy military service members, their spouses, and others who want to further their own education.

“As a naval officer, I am faced with increasingly complex operational, ethical and leadership challenges,” Lt. Cmdr. Eric Chitwood, U.S. Navy Reserves Defense Logistics Agency, said. “It was imperative I obtain the best possible leadership education in order to successfully meet those challenges. When I began my research to find the right academic institution, I wanted flexibility, due to my military lifestyle, and I wanted an institution with a reputation for excellence that was instantly recognizable amongst leaders from all organizations.”

Chitwood is one of many examples of someone who serves in the military while also holding a second job. He is a finance consultant for the worldwide pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company. Now he can study his Master of Science in Leadership online, giving flexibility for his busy work and family schedule.

“There are similar online programs available at other well-known universities, but after considering The Citadel’s strong support of veterans, high academic standards, the famous alumni network and their 175-year history of producing world-class leaders, I realized that there was only one choice,” Chitwood said.

Currently, there are six online master's degree programs. The other online programs include two graduate certificates, and two undergraduate degree completion programs.

“The admissions requirements and the deeply-rooted quality of instruction provided by The Citadel haven’t changed, only the locations from which students can study have changed,” Connie Book, provost and dean of the college for The Citadel, said. “The Citadel’s new online learning is especially beneficial to career service men and women who want to complete a degree to be competitive for military promotions.”

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