Schools of the Marine Corps University

The Marine Corps University Schools


The Marine Corps University was established to develop, deliver, and evaluate professional military education and training through resident and distance education programs to prepare leaders to meet the challenges of the national security environment. Preserve, promote, and display the history and heritage of the Marine Corps.



To parallel the excellence of our Corps with an educational institution that facilitates the continuing development of our leaders, skilled in the arts and sciences of war and capable of critical and creative thinking, sound judgment, and reasoned decision-making.


Professional military education is an essential professional requirement for all Marines.

Tax deductible donations to the Marine Corps University Foundation support the professional military education of Marines at Marine Corps University.


Marine Corps University prepares students to meet the challenges of present and future operational environments and ensures that the United States Marine Corps remains our nation’s elite “Force in Readiness.”Marines, other service, international, and civilian students are educated throughout their careers by attending resident and nonresident professional military education programs both at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia and at locations across the operating forces. Graduates are prepared to perform with increased effectiveness in service, joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environments at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war, across the range of military operations. Tax deductible donations to the Marine Corps University Foundation ensure the University has the resources to maintain this standard of academic excellence.


Listed below are the schools of the Marine Corps University:


Marine Corps War College

Marine Corps War College prepares officers to assume senior positions of increasingly complex responsibility associated with the application of maritime expeditionary warfare, Marine Air-Ground Task Force operations, joint and multinational warfare concepts, national military strategy, the elements of national power, and national security strategy.


School of Advanced Warfighting

The School of Advanced Warfighting provides a follow-on, graduate-level professional military education for selected field grade officers who have completed the Marine Corps or sister service command and staff college course. The course develops complex problem solving and decision making skills that can be used to improve the warfighting capabilities of an organization at the operational level of war.


Command and Staff College

Command and Staff College provides intermediate level professional military education required to function in command and staff assignments with joint, combined service and other high level military organizations to field grade officers of the Marine Corps, other services and officers from selected foreign countries.


Expeditionary Warfare School

Expeditionary Warfare Schoolis a nine-month course providing career-level professional military education, with emphasis on combined arms operations, warfighting skills, tactical decision-making, and Marine Air Ground Task Forces in amphibious operations.


Enlisted Professional Military Education

Enlisted Professional Military Education provides a continuum of education to improve leadership, sharpen critical thinking skills, and deepen Marines’ understanding of warfighting concepts in distributed and joint environments.


College of Distance Education and Training (CDET)

The College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) is the organization within the Marine Corps Education Command (EDCOM) with the mission to design, develop, deliver, evaluate, manage, and resource distance learning products and programs across the Marine Corps training and education continuum in order to increase operational readiness.


The Marine Corps University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on charitable tax exempt donations, is the only Marine Corps charity solely dedicated to supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Officer and Enlisted Marines at the Marine Corps University and throughout the Operating Forces. Marine Corps University prepares students to meet the challenges of present and future operational environments and ensures that the United States Marine Corps remains our nation’s elite “Force in Readiness.”  The Foundation relies on tax-exempt contributions from those who support Marine Corps causes, including Corporate Members, Marine friends, former Marines helping Marines and donations in memory or in honor of someone special. We are grateful for your tax-deductible donation to support the Professional Military Education of active duty and reserve Marines. Semper Fi!