Lt. Cmdr. Eric Chitwood, USN Reserves, Citadel Graduate College student

U.S. military members among those now learning online from The Citadel

Members of the U.S. military living around the country or on installations overseas are among those registering for The Citadel Graduate College’s newly online masters' degrees and certificates, and undergraduate degrees. The non-cadet programs are ideal for busy professionals and military service members and their spouses wanting to continue their education.

"As a naval officer, I am faced with increasingly complex operational, ethical and leadership challenges,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Chitwood, U.S. Navy Reserves Defense Logistics Agency. “It was imperative that I obtain the best possible leadership education 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 among leaders from all organizations.”

In addition to serving as a Naval commander, Chitwood works as a finance consultant for Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company. He, his wife Stephanie, and their four children live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“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.

Chitwood is pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership, one of six online masters' degrees. The other online programs include two graduate certificates, and two undergraduate degree completion programs online.

“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,” said Connie Book, Ph.D., Citadel provost and dean of the college. “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.”

People in 40 states and almost anywhere in the world are now able to learn from The Citadel because of changes in policies governing online learning that were recently approved by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.The online degree programs include:

Master’s Degrees 

  •     Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
  •     Master of Arts in International Politics and Military Affairs
  •     Master of Arts in Social Science
  •     Master of Business Administration
  •     Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education
  •     Master of Science in Leadership

Graduate Certificates 

  •     Graduate Certificate in Leadership
  •     Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership

Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs (Non-cadet programs) 

  •     Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  •     Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Citadel Graduate College's fully online programs are taught by the same expert faculty as other CGC courses and are held to the same high standards that have for five consecutive years earned The Citadel the U.S. News and World Report ranking of No. 1 Public College in the South.

To be eligible to participate in The Citadel’s online programs, students must come from a state with an authorized reciprocity agreement. Click here to view a list of authorized states ( To apply or learn more please click here, email cgc(at)citadel(dot)edu or call (843) 953-5089.

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