On Wednesday, May 25, Dean James Goldgeier and representatives from the School of International Service’s (SIS) executive and online master’s degree programs visited Marine Corps University at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia. The delegation convened to discuss the new partnership between SIS and the U.S. Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training (CDET).

Dean Goldgeier and SIS staff and faculty met with CDET Dean John Hemleben, Associate Dean Dennis Haskin, and numerous CDET course directors to discuss the intersections between the CDET and SIS curricula and opportunities for future collaboration. CDET students undertake an intensive curriculum that includes coursework in the theory and nature of war, national and international security studies, and joint operations.

The SIS delegation also received a tour of Marine Corps University, including the new John W. Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies. Joining Dean Goldgeier in representing SIS were Matthew Meekins, senior director of strategic partnerships; Professor Claudia Hofmann, program director of the Executive Master of International Service (MIS) degree; and Colleen Haverkos, associate director of operations for online Programs.

“This new partnership agreement with the U.S. Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training enables the School of International Service to expand the opportunities available to active-duty officers interested in advanced training in international affairs and allows SIS students and faculty to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience that CDET graduates will bring to the classroom,” said Dean Goldgeier.

Under the new agreement, graduates of the Command and Staff College Distance Education Program are eligible to receive six credits of advanced standing in the MIS executive program at SIS. In addition, CDET graduates will qualify for a $5,000 scholarship upon enrollment.

The executive MIS program is designed to help students broaden their knowledge, enhance their intellectual development, expand their professional effectiveness, and strengthen their international leadership skills and knowledge. Students can pursue advanced studies in fields including global security, U.S. foreign policy and national security, international development, and international negotiation and conflict resolution. The program is available in both a traditional, residential format and via IR Online, which features weekly online, real-time classes taught by SIS faculty, dynamic course content including video case studies, and interactive group assignments that allow students to pursue their degrees from anywhere in the world.