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PRINCIPLES OF EXCELLENCE ESTABLISHED w Impacts on schools & veterans seeking higher education By Jim Mahaffie


Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Programs since the Post 9/11 Bill help service members and their families with everything from training and testing for professional certificates to advanced college degrees. The Department of Defense has aided almost 400,000 vets and service members since the Post-9/11 Bill went into effect in August 2009, according to the American Legion. TheTA offers a variety of programs depending on the individuals needs and combat service. They do everything from help educate the family to helping veterans transition into the workforce. Vets pursuing educational goals are usually eligible for educational assistance in most states, too. Many of the 57 colleges and universities and over 175 private career schools in Maryland have a fulltime student veteran coordinator, including Towson University, University of Maryland, College Park, Morgan State University, Prince George’s Community College, Howard Community College and Bowie State University. Veteran Resource Centers are on campus at these and other schools, including Montgomery College, with its "Combat2College" Program. The University of Maryland, College Park obtained a grant in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success. (Search the Maryland Higher Education Commission at for "Veterans' Education and Training" or w w w. m d v a . s t a t e . m d . u s / s t a t e / e d ucation.html).

Strengthening Programs & Making Choices More Transparent



In recent years, there's been rapid growth in the amounts of VA GI Bill benefits and DoDTA funds going to for-profit post-secondary institutions. With that comes new scrutiny from veteran service

organizations and policymakers who are dissatisfied with graduation rates, recruiting practices, transferability of credits and lack of accountability. On April 27, the president signed Executive Order 13607: "Establishing principles of excellence for educational institutions serving service members, veterans, spouses and other family members." The principles were developed to strengthen oversight, enforcement, and accountability of education programs, and to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the information they need to make informed decisions concerning their well-earned educational benefits. The Principles of Excellence are guidelines for educational institutions that receive funding from GI Bill, TA, or MyCAA. Schools are asked to participate. The principles provide some basic protections for student-service members, and participation by schools includes: 1. Providing information about the total cost of the educational program, including amount of debt owed on any student loans after graduation. 2. Informing veterans about other forms of financial aid before advising them of private student loans. 3. Ending fraudulent and unduly aggressive recruiting techniques on and off military installations. 4. Obtaining approval of the state accrediting agency for new courses prior to enrollment. 5. Allowing service members to be readmitted if they had to suspend their attendance temporarily due to military service requirements. 6. Agreeing to a refund policy when veterans withdraw prior to course completion. 7. Providing a plan that details all the requirements needed for program completion and the time it will take to complete them. 8. Designating a person(s) to provide counseling with regard to academics, financial aid, disabilities and job searches. HIGHER EDUCATION & LIFE LONG LEARNING • Fall 2012

(List thanks to the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veteran's Administration.)

Foreign schools, high schools, on-thejob training and apprenticeship programs, residency and internship programs, and schools that do not charge tuition and fees were not asked to comply with the Principles of Excellence.

Compliance With the Principles of Excellence

Though the executive order was just issued in late April, area schools have already agreed to comply. According to the VA, the list currently includes major institutions such as the University of Maryland schools, Georgetown University and American University. Other Maryland schools on the list include Capitol College, College of Southern Maryland, Frostburg State University, Goucher, Hood College, Loyola University, McDaniel, Montgomery College, Morgan State, Mount St. Mary's, Prince George's Community College, Washington Adventist University, and Stevenson University, among others. A current list can be found at

"A Bold First Step"

Ryan M. Gallucci is a deputy director at theVeterans of ForeignWars (VFW). In his May 2012 testimony before the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic

Opportunity in Congress, he cited GAO and Senate investigations that indicated certain institutions of higher learning recruited military and veteran students into their programs with no intention of conferring relevant educational credentials. He mentioned the perceived waste of taxpayer dollars for fund military and veterans’ education programs that aren't working. The VFW avidly supported the president's Executive Order, as "a bold first step in ensuring our veterans receive the quality education we promised," he testified. "The VFW recognizes that Executive Order #13607 is just the first step in ensuring our student-veterans have the consumer education and consumer protection resources they need to succeed in higher education… We hope that the executive order will motivate Congress to quickly move legislation through both the House and Senate to protect our nation’s investment and ensure success for our student-veterans," Gallucci said.

The Goal – Savvy Education Consumers

In May 2012 legislative testimony, Steve Gonzalez, assistant director of the American Legion said that the "(Executive order's) provisions focus on ensuring students have the proper information, support, and protections they need to

make informed decisions about their educational options." He cited predatory practices of some institutions with military educational benefits and added, "Even though the abuses are considered by many as isolated incidents, nevertheless, they are incidents of grave concern when post-secondary institutions take advantage of America’s service members, veterans and their families." The ultimate goal, he said, is to provide information to allow service members, veterans, and their family members to be savvy consumers when choosing a college or university. "(The executive order) is one portion of the overall effort in aiding decisionmakers and encouraging prospective service members, veterans, and their family members to consider certain criteria as an important component of their college choice," said Gonzalez.

An Enormous and Important Need

As U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, over two million troops will be withdrawn from those theaters. Over a million active-duty military personnel are projected to become veterans over the next five years, according to the VA's 2012 budget numbers.Veterans will return home seeking degrees and new skills, and their service to America has earned them substantial educational benefits.


Active-duty military are also combining their service with higher education. According to the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, 751,000 active-duty military took advantage of their TA benefits by enrolling in undergrad programs. More than 41,223 degrees and more than 3,300 graduate degrees were awarded.

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Two years after the Defense Department slashed educational benefits for spouses of service members, they are receiving tuition assistance for certificate and licensing programs, and many lament the changes to the popular initiative. In July 2010 that the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program, the Defense Department officials announced the cap would be reduced to $4,000 and only be available for spouses of service members in the military’s lowest pay grades, including E1 - E5,W1 W2 and O1 - O2. It must be used within 3 years for career advancement, according to the MyCAA website. MyCAA money can only be used by those seeking associate’s degrees, certification or licensure in their field. This is a change means that money can no longer be used for bachelors and master’s degree programs, according to the MyCAA website.

Janet McIntosh, a military spouse based in Oklahoma and a member of the Army Wife Network, said she was grateful to be among the spouses grand-fathered into the original program before the reductions were made. “The money basically doesn't mean anything to anyone who wants to pursue bachelors and masters degrees,” said McIntosh, who has worked with Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.) to continue MyCAA’s original funding. “It's disheartening and it's sad.When you're supporting the family, you're supporting the soldier. You can let the soldier better do his mission because they know their family is being taken care of. … I wish we had the original program.” McIntosh, who used MyCAA assistance and her husband’s GI Bill benefits to earn her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, said cuts to military educational programs should be expected during difficult economic times. Still, she See SPOUSES continued on page 7




Who is eligible for MyCAA Financial Assistance?

Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W2, and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, Those who are not eligible include: • Spouses married to service members in pay grades: E-6 and above; W-3 and above; and O-3 and above • Spouses who are a member of the armed forces themselves currently on Title 10 orders • Spouses who are married but legally separated (or under court order or statute of any state or US territory) from a member of the armed forces on Title 10 orders • Spouses whose National Guard/Reserve Component military sponsor is in a Warning Orders/Alert, Post Deployment/Demobilization or Transition Status • Spouses married to a member of the Coast Guard • Spouses who are unable to start and complete their course(s) while their military sponsor is on Title 10 orders

What will MyCAA pay for?

Tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an Associate's Degree (excluding Associate's Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration), license, certificate or certification at an accredited college, university, or technical school in the United States or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.

MyCAA will NOT pay for the following:

• Tuition for courses and examinations that are not included in the spouse’s Education and Training Plan and those that have already started or been completed by the spouse • Reimbursements of any kind

• Books, supplies, equipment, uniforms, computers and electronic devices of any kind •Studentactivities,eventsandentertainment • Pre-payment/deposits for future courses, unless costs are part of a block of study • School or college level entrance examinations, comprehensive exams and related preparatory courses • Courses, tests or fees normally paid by an employer as part of a job training program • Fees of any kind including, but not limited to, registration fees, technology fees, parking fees, etc. • Non-academic credit or ungraded courses, including courses taken on an audit basis or as an internship, practicum, apprenticeship, or clinical supervision; also, orientation programs that are nonacademic credit or ungraded • Courses taken more than one time unless MyCAA has received a full refund from the school • Academic credit by examination tests (e.g. CLEP, etc.) • General Studies, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Associate’s Degrees that do not have a concentration • Personal enrichment courses (excluding courses that are academic credit/graded electives in an approved MyCAA Spouse Education andTraining Plan) • Transportation, lodging, child care, and medical services • Course Extensions (except for approved hardship waivers) • Study Abroad Programs (excluding programs of study offered by participating MyCAA schools on overseas military bases) • Private licenses (Example: A private pilot’s license would not be covered because it is for recreational use but a commercial pilot’s license would be covered because it would be used for an occupation) • High school completion programs, including online high school completion programs • CEU’s to maintain a standing in a professional organization





“A college education is key to professional growth and advancement in the military,” said Dr. Lynda Jackson, assistant professor of business administration at Trinity Washington University in D.C. She should know. She began her military career by enlisting in the Air Force, but then set her sights on becoming an officer. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii, participated in ROTC, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force when she graduated. She earned a master’s degree and her doctorate, while rising in the ranks and serving at the Pentagon and other key military locations. She retired with the rank of colonel, and completed her last assignment as the senior equal opportunity advisor to the Secretary of Defense. She believes that Trinity is an excellent choice for military personnel, veterans and their families, to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree. “Trinity has a rich history and offers a bricks-and-mortar campus where students can receive a high quality education,” she said. “There’s also flexibility in what Trinity offers and when it offers those programs,” she added, noting that courses are offered in the evening, daytime, and Saturdays. She said that for those in the military who have taken courses at different locations, over several years, “Trinity is a place where you can take the courses you need to finish that degree. I would be impressed if my troops told me they graduated from Trinity.” Dr. Jackson has managed many people during her years in the Air Force, and she says that the educational values that Trinity emphasizes are exactly the qualities she would look for in personnel.



w Flexibility and Convenience Are Key

“TRINITY HAS A RICH HISTORY AND OFFERS A BRICKS-AND-MORTAR CAMPUS WHERE STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION” Dr. Lynda Jackson Assistant professor of business administration Trinity Washington University in D.C.


She said, “Trinity’s courses focus on key skills and competencies, such as valuing diversity, working in groups, understanding globalization,

making ethical decisions, thinking critically, writing well, communicating effectively and adapting to new technologies.”

Among Trinity’s many undergraduate programs are business administration, nursing, health science, communication and criminal justice. At the graduate level, Trinity offers an MBA, a master’s in international security studies, a master’s in education for those who want to teach, and a master’s in administration with concentrations in federal program management, public and community health, and human resource management. Trinity also offers an occupational therapy assistant program, in which students earn an associate of applied science in occupational therapy and are qualified to sit for the national certification exam. Occupational therapy is one of the fastest growing healthcare fields, with 33 percent job growth projected from 2010 to 2020. A current Trinity student who is a veteran and is raising a young child says that Trinity is a perfect fit for her. “The class schedule is so flexible, so I was able to take courses in the evenings and, when I had to work the night shift in my full-time job, I could take classes during the day,” she says. She also likes the small classes and said that “at Trinity, the faculty and the staff are really invested in your academic success.” Trinity participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and works closely with military personnel, veterans and their families to navigate the different tuition benefits available. Trinity is conveniently located in northeast D.C., on the Red line of the Metro and draws students who work at the Pentagon and several military locations in the area. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 202-884-9000, or visit



Michael Johnson Director of Military Outreach and Services Northern Virginia Community College

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said military spouse advocates hoped MyCAA would be spared. Spouses looking to use the money for career advancement will need to meet with Military One Source counselor, who must approve each request. The counselor will be able to steer the spouse towards the program that best fits their situation as their are other funding options for those seeking a four-year or advanced degrees, according to the MyCAA website. Military spouses can use $2,000 of their MyCAA benefits annually, according to DoD’s website. Annual cap waivers are available for spouses who need more than $2,000 in upfront tuition. McIntosh said, “I understand the DoD can only do what they can do, but sometimes I wish they would fight a little harder for spouses. That makes this a rather scary time.” The military spent $185 million on MyCAA benefits in fiscal 2010, and about $53 million in 2011. Leslie Hullryde, a DoD spokeswoman, said 2012 projections

would not be available until later this year. More than 83,000 military spouses used the MyCAA scholarship money in 2009 and 2010, Hullryde said. MyCAA was changed two years ago to ensure some benefits would be there for spouses seeking certification or licensure, Hullryde said. “To sustain the benefits of the program, we re-evaluated program requirements to ensure the maximum lifespan of the program,” she said, calling MyCAA just one part of the military’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. Michael Johnson, director of military outreach and services at the six-campuses of Northern Virginia Community College, said the MyCAA benefits have been a draw for service members and their families. "This is something that was really meant to be a retention tool," he said. "People know you need two incomes to maintain a decent quality of life, especially in” regions with high cost of living, such as the Washington, D.C. area.






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School of Arts and Humanities

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Associate Degrees

Associate programs are designed for students who seek a two-year degree as either their final degree in higher education or the foundation for further study at the bachelor’s level. An associate degree typically requires 61-64 semester hours (20 courses and 1-4 labs). Students must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent to be admitted to an associate program.

Bachelor’s Degree

The bachelor’s degree program is also open to students who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. This minimum 120-124 credit program is the standard “four-year” undergraduate degree desired by most employers and prepares the student for graduate study. All students who enroll in the bachelor’s degree program must first complete COLL100- Foundations of Online Learning which helps to ensure they get the most out of their online learning experience.

Master’s Degree

AMU accepts students for graduate-level study who have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. To earn a master’s degree, students must complete a minimum of 12 courses and take a final comprehensive examination, thesis option, or capstone/ applied research project at the end of all course work.

The University is unique in offering a full range of online degrees in arts and humanities that are based on the great ideas, works, and thinkers that have defined civilization as embodied in the “great books” tradition. The curriculum addresses humankind’s fundamental topics through study of courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Coursework is designed to develop high-level research, analytical, and interpersonal skills and prepares students for a broad range of professional careers.

School of Business

The School of Business offers a flexible, dynamic and interactive program to accommodate many types of learners. We integrate new technologies to keep the classroom interesting and up-to-date. Students are taught not only the concepts but also the “real world” application of the materials. The curriculum provides the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge for students seeking preparation or advancement in business and leadership roles in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Programs dovetail with several university specialties so that students can specifically concentrate in areas of professional or personal interest—ranging from entrepreneurship and global business management to information technology management and homeland security resource allocation.

School of Education

Graduate programs in the School of Education are designed to meet the most rapidly growing demands of the profession. Our certification programs are built to the highest state and national content standards. We provide opportunities to practicing teachers to enhance their professional training in critical needs areas such as special education, elementary reading, ELL, instructional leadership and curriculum and instruction for elementary teachers.

School of Management

The School of Management offers relevant and dynamic management programs for students who seek broad managerial knowledge, skill, and ability. Specifically, specialized degrees are designed and offered in the high growth areas of sport sciences and the ever-prolific transportation and logistics management career fields. Students will address traditional and topical management and leadership matters, while at the same time be influenced by foundational and conceptual underpinnings that remain vital in today’s competitive markets.

School of Public Service and Health

The School of Public Service and Health houses several of the university’s flagship programs; namely emergency and disaster management and criminal justice. It is also the home of up-and-coming programs in security management, legal studies, and public health. Our faculty combine top academic credentials with practical expertise. They include practicing attorneys, public health professionals, emergency managers, criminal justice professionals, and security managers--as well as international and national governmental and military consultants and practitioners.

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Science and technology professionals are vital to society’s continued innovation. Academic programs in this school help students cultivate the problem solving, creative, and technological skills necessary for advancements in their chosen field – whether it be pursuing innovations in environmental policy, space studies, or one of the many professions within the information technology field.

School of Security and Global Studies

The programs taught in the School of Security and Global Studies truly embody our motto, “Educating Those Who Serve.” Students with majors in this school have an understanding of the world—appreciating differences in political, economic, and social cultures. Our faculty members are highly credentialed and respected leaders in their fields, and many of them currently work in the U.S. government and in the U.S. intelligence community. Our graduates are employed in leadership positions at agencies ranging from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security to the intelligence services, as well as private businesses throughout the world.





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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, FL

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Andrews

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Fort Myer, VA

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Centura College

Virginia Beach, VA

Riverside School of Health Careers

Newport News, VA

Springfield, VA

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Richard Bland College

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Sentara College of Health Sciences

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National College

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Arlington, VA

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Old Dominion University

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Manassas, VA

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ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach, FL

Emory & Henry College Emory, VA

Arlington, VA

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Norfolk, VA

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King George, VA

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Woodbridge, VA

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Park University Fort Myer

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St Louis, MO

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Melbourne, FL

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Manassas, VA Chicago, IL


Norfolk, VA

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Woodbridge, VA

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Beltsville, MD

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Martinsville, VA

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Charlottesville, VA

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Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Arlington , VA

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The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas Dallas, TX

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Baker College Online takes pride in serving our military students with individual attention to put together a personalized educational program while they serve. From admissions through academic guidance, to postgraduate employment assistance, we’ll give you all the help you need to make the right choices, solve problems, create opportunities, and get the most out of your educational experience.

Baker Online makes it easier for you to get the education you need—to help you achieve the military or civilian career you want.

Earning Your Degree is No Longer Overwhelming • Over 40 degree programs compatible with your military service • Classes are available 365/24/7 – 100% Online • No campus requirements — maximum flexibility anywhere you’re stationed or deployed • Regionally Accredited • Not-for-Profit which means our focus is on YOU • Baker College is a member of the GoArmyEd and AU-ABC programs • Baker College is DANTES, SOC, and VA approved • Programs focus on delivering practical, results-driven education • Credit available for Military transcripts (AARTS, SMART, CCAF, or Coast Guard Institute) • CLEP/DSST testing credits transferred • Free & honest evaluation of military work experience transfer credit

What “Military Friendly” Means to Us

Nick attended Baker College of Muskegon, Michigan until joining the Navy Reserve. Because of the required training and travel, Baker College Online became the practical choice for continuing his education while serving. When Nick was deployed to Kuwait, he thought his education would be put on hold. Yet he soon discovered that even though he was half a world away from home, he was able to continue his studies. While in Kuwait, Nick earned his BA in Business Administration (with a flexstudy in aviation) a degree he hopes will help him when he applies for Officer Training. Photo used with consent from UT2 Nicholas Waldo, USN

“Everyone at Baker pitched in to help me,” he says. “My instructors, advisors, even the Dean, were always there to answer my questions and they were very understanding and flexible. They never left me hanging. In fact, I got more personalized assistance while I was deployed in Kuwait than my fiancé received from the college she was attending back in the states! I’m planning on a career in the Navy, and I believe that my degree is going to help me advance through the ranks.”

We’re Ready, Willing, and Able While you’re serving our country, we do all we can to serve your needs. As a result, Baker College Online is included in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools on the G.I. Jobs 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools. As a career college, Baker focuses completely on providing students with the most marketable job skills, in the shortest time possible. Each Baker Online degree program at the certificate, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral level is targeted to the fastest-growing fields in business, health or information systems, and can help advance either a military or civilian career quickly, affordably, and successfully. Now is a great time to get started and make the most out of your time in the service. As long as you have an Internet connection and personal dedication, your degree is within reach, anywhere in the world. Contact a helpful Baker College Online Development Coordinator at (800) 469-4062 or e-mail our admissions office at 1040839 to get started today.


Baker College® is equipped to propel your active-duty today into a successful career in the future. We’ve engaged active-duty and veteran servicemembers to help us understand the specific needs of servicemembers that set you apart when seeking to further your education. Our goal is to make a Baker College education affordable and available to all military personnel who are serious about preparing for a successful career. We are dedicated to providing all the support you need to meet the unique challenges that every service person faces when balancing school and study with the demands of duty and service responsibilities.

UT2 Nicholas Waldo, USN



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Graduate Programs in Engineering Online Courses Available

University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering 2105 J.M. Patterson Building College Park, MD 20742 Admission Phone: 301-405-7200 Financial Aid Phone: 301-314-9000 Military Programs Neela Balkissoon Phone: 301-405-7200 Email: Other Locations: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (serving Naval Air Station Patuxent River) 44219 Airport Drive California, MD 20619 HEAT Center (serving Aberdeen Proving Ground) 1201 Technology Drive Aberdeen, MD 21001


Admission Requirements: The Clark School of Engineering offers graduate programs designed for working engineers and technical professionals to complete their degree part-time on campus, at regional education sites in Maryland, or 100% online. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related discipline with a 3.0 GPA for full admission. Provisional admission may be available for those with a slightly lower GPA. Three professional letters of recommendation are required. There are different prerequisite course requirements depending upon the academic option. What makes this school the right choice for a member of the military, veteran, and/or family member? The University of Maryland, Clark School of Engineering is a top ranked graduate school with academic options specifically designed for the working engineer. Courses provide you the opportunity to update your knowledge and advance your career opportunities. Our state-of-theart distance delivery methods provide an exceptional learning environment where students have access to their course materials, faculty and other students. In addition to traditional engineering programs (aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical) the Clark School of Engineering offers multi-disciplinary programs in bioengineering, cybersecurity engineering, energetic concepts, environmental engineering, fire protection engineering, nuclear engineering, project management, reliability engineering, sustainable energy engineering, and systems engineering. These high demand programs allow our engineers to do more and go further with a degree from the University of Maryland.


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Top 5 Majors • Project Management • Cybersecurity Engineering • Fire Protection Engineering • Systems Engineering • Electrical & Computer Engineering