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Citadel News Service
15 Aug 2016

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

Citadel’s same high standards and proven quality now available online across USA and beyond

Members of the U.S. Military living around the country or on installations overseas are among those registering for The Lt. Cmdr. Eric Chitwood, USN Reserves, Citadel Graduate College studentCitadel Graduate College’s newly expanded 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 I obtain the best possible leadership education in order 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 amongst 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 master’s 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., provost and dean of the college for The Citadel. “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 the Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley. The online degree programs include:

Master’s Degrees

Graduate Certificates

Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs (Non-cadet programs)

The Citadel Graduate College (CGC), the 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 or call (843) 953-5089.

The Chitwood Family, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Chitwood family from Indianapolis

(Clockwise from left: Audrey, Chase, Graham, Eric, Nathan, and Stephanie)

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