Online Program – The Citadel Today Thu, 21 Apr 2022 18:33:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online Program – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 The Citadel’s online programs now ranked among top 5 in America in two categories Thu, 14 Apr 2022 19:59:21 +0000 College Consensus ranked The Citadel's online programs #2 in America for veterans and #5 in the nation for all students studying online.]]>

#2 in nation for veterans, #5 overall according to College Consensus

The convenient, flexible online programs offered by The Citadel are now ranked second in America for veterans by College Consensus, and #5 in the nation for all students studying online.

The college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews published its newest 50 Best Online Colleges for Veterans in late March.

The Top 5 Best Online Colleges for Veterans are:

  • University of Florida
  • The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
  • University of Arizona
  • Western Carolina University
  • Saint Louis University

Additionally, that list ranks The Citadel as #18 in America for Best Colleges for Veterans, (attending in person).

The Citadel, also called the Military College of South Carolina, prides itself on its service to veterans in its mission to educate and develop principled leaders. Many members of the college’s faculty and staff are also veterans, including The Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79.

College Consensus is one of numerous organizations to name The Citadel among the best in the nation for veterans. U.S. News & World Report, for example, has repeatedly ranked The Citadel high on its list of best options for veterans, giving the college the title of #1 Best Colleges For Veterans on their most recent list for regional universities, South.

According to College Consensus, over half a million military veterans turn to America’s colleges each year to expand their career options after service, much like Adrian Lorduy. A Navy veteran, Lorduy will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Intelligence and Security Studies from The Citadel in May.

Adrian Lorduy, U.S. Navy veteran, business owner, Class of 2022 Intelligence and Security Studies B.A. student

Lorduy founded a company called Buenavista Information Systems about two years ago. “We are a Service Disabled, Veteran-Owned IT management and support company that services both commercial and government entities,” he said in an email when asked to describe his work.

The Citadel’s online program has allowed me to continue and excel in my academic career while simultaneously allowing me to grow my company to new heights. The Citadel has been a blessing to my family, my company and myself through its healthy combination of academic flexibility and endless resources to assure veteran success.

Adrian Lorduy, U.S. Navy veteran, business owner, Class of 2022 Intelligence and Security Studies B.A. student

The Citadel has many flexible programs to meet the needs of veteran students who want to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees. Find out more here.

#5 in America for all students attending college remotely

The recent veteran education rankings were followed on April 6 with the announcement of the College Consensus 2022 Best Online Colleges and Universities list for all students attending college remotely.

The Top 5 Best Online Colleges and Universities are:

  • University of Florida
  • California State University-Chico
  • Appalachian State University
  • Boston University
  • The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

Read about the methodology behind the College Consensus rankings here.

Online students at any level of study attend via The Citadel Graduate College (CGC), meaning it is a civilian program and they are not a part of the Corps of Cadets. There are more than 25 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as graduate-level certificate programs.

Explore The Citadel’s online programs here.

A goal is a dream put into action Sat, 24 Oct 2020 22:00:00 +0000 My journey to graduating from The Citadel began in August of 1996 when I joined the Corps of Cadets, and cross country and track teams.]]>

Photo: Cadet Kenneth Harwood (left), poses with fellow classmates in their dorm during Parents Day Weekend at The Citadel in September 1996. Harwood is currently superintendent for the 50th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

As seen on the Air University website, by Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Harwood, 50th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron superintendent

Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons. What can seem tragic and life altering can shape our future for good or bad depending on how we overcome or become overwhelmed by events. The following is a short story of how perseverance can turn dreams into reality.

My journey to graduating from The Citadel began in August of 1996 when I joined the Corps of Cadets as well as the cross country and track team. That first day, my parents dropped me off outside of the barracks, said goodbye, headed back home, and I began my freshman or “knob” year. 

Cadet Kenneth Harwood, poses for a photo with his dad outside The Citadel on his first day of school, Aug. 24, 1996

I loved everything about The Citadel, but I struggled academically throughout the entire year. On top of a rigid daily schedule, daily distance running, attending, and studying for classes, I quickly became overwhelmed. After a disastrous attempt at college level academics, I decided that I wanted to take some time off from school. 

After working construction jobs, bartending, and cooking in restaurants, I decided that I wanted to join the military so that I could earn money to go back to The Citadel. My father was a retired Air Force pilot and so I decided I would follow in his footsteps. Shortly after joining the Air Force the tragedy of September 11 happened, and so I decided to stay in and serve my country.  

It bothered me for years that I never returned to The Citadel to finish school, and there was always this doubt as to whether or not I would have been capable of finishing. I enrolled in an online college and slowly worked on finishing up a college degree, but my heart wasn’t really in it. 

In 2013 I found out that The Citadel had begun an online program, and I applied and was accepted. Faced with this new opportunity, I decided that I also wanted to pursue a new degree program, so I changed from Business Administration to Intelligence and Securities Studies. This degree change also came with a major setback, as it took me from a second semester senior to a second semester sophomore. 

I began taking classes one at a time as new courses became available since the online program was still new. I am currently taking three classes and only have two more until I graduate in the spring. 

Earlier this year I became eligible for my class ring and ordered it only to find out that I would be deployed during the ring ceremony at school. My wife and family have been my greatest support system, and she began coordinating with our squadron first sergeant to help make my ring presentation special. 

Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Harwood, 50th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron superintendent throws a bottle of water against his squadron mural during a ring presentation ceremony, Oct. 15, 2020, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Cadets from The Citadel traditionally drink a glass of champagne or sparkling cider and break the glass against their company letter after receiving their ring.

Unbeknownst to me, they had my ring shipped here and surprised me by organizing a ceremony lead by two Citadel graduates, Capt. Brett Meece and Capt. Steven Weippert. They read about the symbolism of the ring and allowed me to receive my ring in keeping with the time-honored tradition. It is hard to put into words what this fully means to me. There have been years of self-doubt, disappointment, regret, but then onto small victories as I knocked out classes one by one. I thought that college was difficult when I was an 18-20 year old, but it becomes significantly harder when you are married with children, while working a full time job as a Squadron Superintendent. 

Capt. Brett Meece, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron operations officer and Capt. Steven Weippert, U.S. Air Force Central A1 personnel programs chief, present Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Harwood, 50th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron superintendent with his class ring, Oct. 15, 2020, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Meece and Weippert, are both alumni of The Citadel.

I certainly chose the road less travelled, and it has been a long and sometimes rough road, but it has been worth it. Life doesn’t always work out the way we planned, but it is the challenges along the way that help us build strength if we recognize it and learn from it. I set a goal when I was 18 to earn my college degree from The Citadel, but that goal became a distant dream over time. There is a distinct difference between goals and dreams however. A dream is something that you imagine, something that is off in the distance and will likely never happen; a goal is something that you set a plan for, work toward, and achieve. 

I took many years, but I was finally able to turn my dream into a goal, and in a few short months I will achieve it.

Cadet Kenneth Harwood (right), poses for a photo in Charleston, South Carolina in 1998.
The Citadel ranks as best online college in the state Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:32:12 +0000 The Citadel is ranked number one for online colleges in South Carolina, coming in just ahead of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina]]>

Note: The Citadel is ranked #1 for online colleges in South Carolina, coming in just ahead of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. To see the colleges’ scores, click here.

As seen on College Consensus

Online degrees in South Carolina provide an accessible education for residents at multiple levels of education at an affordable cost. From online technical colleges in South Carolina to advanced degrees, these distance learning programs provide a variety of careers to choose from. While anyone seeking higher education in the state can benefit from South Carolina online colleges, working adults, nontraditional students, and rural residents are a perfect fit for one of these programs. 

Many online programs are tailored to meet the schedules of working adults, understanding that traditional Monday-Friday class times just aren’t a fit with most full-time employment. Non-traditional students such as those pursuing a career change, or parents with young children at home can also benefit from these flexible schedules. Finally, rural residents are able to stay near friends and family while studying online. With few physical colleges in most small-town areas, online schools offer quality education without needing to move.

Ranking the Best Online Colleges in South Carolina

How does College Consensus decide the best online colleges in South Carolina? It starts with the Consensus Score, which combines reputable rankings and legitimate student reviews into a single score. We then research Consensus-ranked institutions to find those offering at least 3 online undergraduate programs. Only accredited institutions are considered. Schools are ranked below by their Consensus Score.

If you’re interested in traditional campus-based schools, check out our ranking of the Best Colleges in South Carolina.  You can also find out more about college financial aid with our list of the Top South Carolina Scholarships.

What Kinds of Degrees are Available Online?

Online degrees in South Carolina come in a wide variety from certificates to Associate’s and including South Carolina online Masters programs. The specific type of degree depends on the college offerings as well as the choice of study. Certificate programs may not count as a traditional degree, but many of these programs are short at only a few weeks or a few months and can have a significant return on investment. Associates programs are typically 2-year degrees, while Bachelor’s programs offer a 4-year degree. Master’s programs are most commonly 2-3 years schooling after a Bachelor’s, such as a South Carolina online MBA. A few Ph.D. programs are also available online, although this selection is more limited for your South Carolina online degree.

How Can I Save Money?

Online degree programs in South Carolina can provide a lower cost to students than regional public institutions or community colleges. It would be a poor description to say that the education quality is cheap, but the tuition and schooling costs definitely feel like cheap online colleges in South Carolina when it comes to your budget. Just think of some of the simple ways you save money — like not paying the cost of car and gas for commute, not including dorm living and food costs. Tuition for in-state college is only 40% of the cost of a 4-year degree and only 20% of the total cost of a 2-year degree for traditional attendance. That means online students have the opportunity to gain savings in 60-80% of the costs on-campus students must spend, while still gaining the benefit of online tuition in many places.

Online students are often also working students, hoping to not sacrifice income to further their education. Many jobs will also provide an employer reimbursement program for tuition expenses. This may be especially true if you are considering a program such as those offered at online technical colleges in South Carolina, where your degree may be directly applicable to your current career, for example as a dental assistant, transcriptionist, or electrical apprentice.

Are there Public Online Colleges?

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of for-profit colleges in the news. While it’s true that many for-profit universities offer online degrees with a bad reputation, fortunately, there are also many public online programs. Public programs are often part of not-for-profit school systems and have strong reputations. As technology has evolved, so too has most school offerings so that now many of the brick and mortar schools have additional online programs. U.S. News and World Report list many reputable online programs nationwide. The key is to look for accredited online colleges in South Carolina. Accreditation means that a school has met specific quality criteria including academic standards and adequate training in your field. This guarantee of quality is also a good indicator that employers will value your degree once completed.

Specifically, in South Carolina, there are some great online accredited schools. With many programs geared towards South Carolina tech work like Samsung, many of these online programs can yield a degree in a high-paying career such as software development. Check out programs at the University of South Carolina, where you might major in elementary education or get your online masters in information technology. Consider Charleston Southern University for a certification in supply chain management and enjoy online career counseling services via Skype. While there are many to choose from, another great choice for South Carolina locals in Limestone College. Get an associate’s degree in business administration and enjoy a vibrant online job board to help better position you for post-school success.

South Carolina offers a large number of affordable online degree programs for residents. Gain the benefits of your local community with a nationally accredited degree. Continue your career growth no matter what stage of life with one of these quality programs.

Citadel students earn top-ranked MBA degree from anywhere in the world Thu, 06 Feb 2020 21:00:12 +0000 For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Citadel's online MBA program as one of the best in the nation.]]>

Photo: Leeanne Leary, who is pursuing her MBA online from Haiti, with student

It’s one of the most popular graduate degrees in the country — and now there’s one more reason to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) through The Citadel.

For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Citadel’s online MBA program as one of the best in the nation.

The report also said that The Citadel has the top ranked online MBA program in South Carolina.

The convenience of distance learning allows working professionals and military service members to pursue an MBA degree online without interrupting their careers.

“The Citadel has been the answer to everything I need,” said Leeanne Leary, a Citadel MBA student who works and lives in Haiti. “I am able to not just complete course work, but actually learn from intentional and involved professors, while moving around the world.”

Leary is the business development director for Global Partners in Peace and Development in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. There she helps build small and micro businesses to provide the area’s teenagers with safe employment. Currently, the organization is working to open a coffee shop that would help to start college funds for teenagers living in the Kids’ Home.

Due to her location, the flexibility and accessibility of an online program is important to Leary. She is also a first lieutenant in the Army Reserves and spent most of 2019 deployed in Afghanistan.

Leeanne Leary, Citadel online MBA student
Leeanne Leary, Citadel online MBA student

“I started my MBA at another school, and found The Citadel while looking to transfer. Since I wasn’t happy with the first program, I was nervous to transfer into another online program. But The Citadel’s online MBA doesn’t have the virtual atmosphere of a distance learning program,” continued Leary. “The Citadel’s undergraduate reputation is what drew me to the MBA program, and the same caliber of professor and program are here in the graduate school.”

Some of the advantages of an MBA from The Citadel include developing essential management and leadership skills that are immediately applicable for students who are working professionals. Additionally, the same expert faculty members who teach on campus teach the online student.

The Citadel’s online MBA program is ranked as the 102nd in the nation, beating out hundreds of other programs to achieve the “Best of” ranking.

The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a combination of average peer assessment score, average GMAT and GRE scores of entering students, average GPA of part-time students, the part-time students’ number of years of work experience, and the ratio of full-time to part-time students. For an online program, the methodology is based on a combination of engagement, expert opinion, student excellence, faculty credentials and training, and services and technologies.

Leeanne Leary with students in Haiti
Leeanne Leary with students in Haiti
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Manager Hones Leadership Skills in Graduate Program Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:23:58 +0000 Karl Nell Georgia PortsKarl Nell Georgia PortsAs a general manager at the Georgia Ports Authority, Karl Nell oversees almost 100 people in the crane division at one of the world’s busiest ports. So, when Nell decided he wanted to learn more about how to lead and influence his employees, he turned to The Citadel’s leadership studies program.]]> Karl Nell Georgia PortsKarl Nell Georgia Ports

As a general manager at the Georgia Ports Authority, Karl Nell oversees almost 100 people in the crane division at one of the world’s busiest ports. So, when Nell decided he wanted to learn more about how to lead and influence his employees, he turned to The Citadel’s leadership studies program.

It was a great fit for Nell in his desire to hone his leadership skills and people management techniques, he said.

Karl Nell Georgia Ports

“I’m trying to organize this group of employees who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said. “How do you align yourself with the people who are doing the work and show some kind of empathy instead of treating people like a machine?”

Empathy, influence and communication are all part of what students learn in The Citadel’s Department of Leadership Studies. The Master of Science in Leadership Studies is designed for those currently in a leadership position as well as those hoping to advance in their careers to become leaders. The degree program is offered online, and the curriculum allows students to tailor their focus toward their career interests. Graduate certificates in leadership and military leadership also are available.

Nell, who lives in Bluffton during the week and Charleston on the weekends, took a mixture of face-to-face and online classes. He graduated in May 2017 and continues to tap into the resources and skills he learned in his courses.

A former U.S. Marine, Nell was drawn to The Citadel’s academic reputation and its values of honor, duty and respect, which closely align with Nell’s own personal values. And as a networking tool, having a Citadel degree opens doors.

Karl Nell Georgia Ports“I would consider the networking capability almost like an Ivy League school,” Nell said. “Everywhere you go, there’s someone you can connect with to mentor you in the field.”

Before joining the Georgia Ports Authority, Nell was a crane operator with the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston. He understands what it feels like to sit in the crane operator’s seat, and his employees continually come to him seeking mentoring and added training.

“In leadership, you’re able to give men and women the means to say, ‘I can do more than my current job.’ Influence – that’s what leadership is about,” Nell said. “This program fits with what I do on a daily basis.”

For the seventh consecutive year, The Citadel was named the No.1 Public College in the South offering up to a master’s degree from the U.S. News & World Report. The report also named The Citadel the No. 1 public college for veterans.

To learn more about The Citadel’s Master of Science in Leadership Studies, visit their webpage.

Preparing Graduate Students for International Careers Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:15:46 +0000 The Citadel International Politics and Military AffairsThe Citadel International Politics and Military AffairsProfessionals looking to advance their military careers or pursue work in international relations, law, or business can get practical training at The Citadel’s International Politics and Military Affairs graduate program.]]> The Citadel International Politics and Military AffairsThe Citadel International Politics and Military Affairs

Professionals looking to advance their military careers or pursue work in international relations, law, or business can get practical training at The Citadel’s International Politics and Military Affairs graduate program.

Sarah Tenney Sharman, associate professor in the political science department, says The Citadel’s program is unique in that it’s a policy-oriented master’s program designed for students who want to seek careers as practitioners.

Established in 2016, this program was driven by the needs of students looking for higher level education to accommodate their schedules. Traditional graduate programs can be challenging for military officers, in particular, as they are frequently deployed around the world.

The International Politics and Military Affairs graduate program offers three benefits:

  1. Maximum flexibility for military personnel and working professionals. Students can opt to take courses in person, online, or some combination of the two.
  2. A nuts-and-bolts approach geared toward building skills needed by those who want to work in the field.
  3. Faculty practitioners with extensive experience working with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, and international agencies.

Tenney Sharman says many students go on to work for government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of State or intergovernmental agencies like the World Bank or American Red Cross. Others pursue careers in international business.

“Every major international bank or multinational company has a department of international politics with specialists who gain entry into countries and do risk assessments,” she says.

International law, especially maritime law, is a growing field in need of those trained in international politics, Tenney Sharman explains. Other students go into military intelligence or work for defense agencies.

The options for graduates of The Citadel’s program are almost limitless. “It’s a huge field,” Tenney Sharman says. “There are literally 40,000 international organizations in the world.”

To equip students with the tools they need for international politics, The Citadel program focuses on teaching key concepts and theory, the history of the field, and diplomacy, Tenney Sharman explains. Instructors emphasize communication skills – writing, critical thinking, and research.

“You have to have the ability to put your hands on reliable, complete information quickly,” she says. “You have to gather, synthesize, analyze, and convey information under the pressure of time.”

As international issues like those related to North Korea and Syria continue to dominate the headlines, it generates more interest in international politics, Tenney Sharman says.

“Globalization brings people together, people are traveling more, and there are worries about immigration and travel bans,” she says. “I think people are becoming more aware of the fact that the United States is the greatest nation, but we’re just one of 195 countries. We’re feeling the need to work with others.”

Learn more about The Citadel’s International Politics and Military Affairs Program.