History of The Citadel Graduate College
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, was established in 1842. In 1966, the coeducational Evening College was founded. In 1968, as part of its mission to serve the State and particularly the Lowcountry, The Citadel initiated graduate degree programs. In 1994, The Citadel Board of Visitors approved the formation of The College of Graduate and Professional Studies. In 2007, the name was changed to The Citadel Graduate College to help people more closely identify and recognize an important part of The Citadel experience. Programs under the Graduate College are open to all qualified students regardless of sex, race, age or ethnic origin. Students do not wear uniforms nor are they a part of or participate in any of the military structure of the college that relates to cadets.
While separate and distinct from the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in its operations, The Citadel Graduate College retains the institution’s core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect and its commitment to developing and equipping principled leaders. In keeping with these goals, the vision of The Citadel Graduate College is to:
- Provide innovative and quality higher educational opportunities for both graduate and evening undergraduate students.
- Foster scholarly and practical expertise through graduate research, teaching, and other professional development opportunities.
- Create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for students that models The Citadel’s core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect.
An important component of a positive educational experience for students involves an intentional effort to meet their needs and offer service that underscore The Citadel Graduate College’s commitment to principled leadership.
- Service: Creating a culture that values service, fosters mutual respect, and makes the student’s needs the most important priority; implementing new technologies that enhance our services; and providing timely, efficient, and accurate information to all requests.
- Performance: by ensuring a quality educational experience through administrative oversight of programs and the regular review of policies and procedures; conducting analysis of existing data and generating reports to identify patterns and trends within the Graduate College; creating research opportunities for students and faculty; and assisting departments with implementing creative delivery methods of academic programs.
- Integration: By providing welcoming and rewarding experiences, graduate students and evening undergraduates, both past and present, feel a part of the larger Citadel community and play an important and significant role on campus.
Operation of The Citadel Graduate College
While the Provost and Dean of the College is the chief academic officer of the institution, the Associate Provost of Enrollment Management is charged with the administration and supervision of all graduate study. The Citadel Graduate Council, a governing body that establishes standards and polices and approves the creation and modification of academic programs, consists of the Provost, the Associate Provost, the Director of the Library, and a representative of each academic department with a graduate program.
Within the Graduate College office, the following activities include:
- Recruitment of prospective students and promotion of all graduate and undergraduate programs.
- Collection and processing of applications.
- Coordination with academic programs, departments, and student services.
- Assisting new students in adjusting to graduate and/or undergraduate study.
- Generating reports that highlight student and institutional trends, such as enrollment, student profiles, number of prospective students, acceptance rates, and the number of applications.
The Citadel’s College Transfer Program
A part of The Citadel Graduate College, the Citadel College Transfer Program is designed to address the needs of non-traditional students who wish to complete a Citadel degree outside of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The College Transfer Program includes both 2+2 programs and degree completion programs. This population is not a part of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, do not wear uniforms, and have slightly different degree completion requirements than cadets.
The mission of The College Transfer Program is to:
- Serve the distinctive needs of adult and non-traditional students who are attempting to complete a four-year degree and/or further their professional development.
- To create and support innovative academic opportunities for students who must pursue a four-year degree in a non-traditional manner.
- To collaborate with local communities, agencies, and organizations that will facilitate effective workplace preparation for students in a demanding, technologically advanced global marketplace.
There are twelve academic majors within The College Transfer Program. The six 2+2 programs are: Nursing, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The six degree completion programs are: Criminal Justice, Intelligence & Security Studies, Political Science, Business Administration, Social Studies Education, and Tactical Strength & Conditioning.
The Citadel is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and specialist in education degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Citadel. Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admissions, educational programs, educational policies and practices, etc. should be addressed directly to The Citadel and not to the Commission’s office. This contact information is published exclusively for accreditation-related purposes.
Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET; web address is http://www.abet.org. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Telephone: 410-347-7700; web address is www.abet.org.
The Masters of Science degree in Project Management is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC), 14 Campus Blvd, Newton Square, PA 19073-3299. Telephone: 610-355-1601; FAX: 888-562-3564. The web address is https://www.pmi.org/global-accreditation-center.
The undergraduate program in Business and the program leading to the Master of Business Administration are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730. Telephone: 813-769-6500; Fax: 813-769-6559. The web address is www.aacsb.edu.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at The Citadel is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001. Telephone: 202-887-6791; Fax: 202-887-8476; Web address: www.ccneaccreditation.org.
Programs for the preparation of secondary teachers at the bachelor’s level, for the preparation of secondary and special education teachers at the master’s level, for the preparation of guidance counselors at the master’s and specialist degree levels, and for the preparation of school superintendents at the specialist degree level are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: 202-223-0077. The web address is www.caepnet.org.
The Citadel’s School Psychology Program has been granted full approval by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814. Telephone: 301-657-0270; FAX: 301-657-0275. The web address is www.nasponline.org.
The Clinical Counseling program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), 595. New Loudon Rd., #265, Latham, NY 12110. Telephone: 518-785-1980. The web address is http://mpcacaccreditation.org/.
The School Counseling Programs that offer a Master of Education in Counselor Education (Elementary or Secondary School Counseling Certification) are fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), 500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: 703-535-5990. The web address is: https://www.cacrep.org/.
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