The Marine Corps Institute (MCI) is located in the historic Washington Navy Yard in the Nation's Capitol. MCI is administratively organized as part of Marine Barracks, Washington DC and supports the Barracks.
The commanding officer of Marine Barracks carries the additional duty of Director, Marine Corps Institute. The Marine Corps Institute receives direction from Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico VA.
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Use this information when reviewing the academic work of students completing courses and programs through MCI.
Nature of the Institute
MCI is located at the Washington Navy Yard DC. Founded in 1920, MCI's mission is to develop, publish, distribute, and administer distance training and education materials to enhance, or develop, skills and knowledge required of Marines.
MCI's educational staff consists of approximately 140 Marines and 30 career civil service employees. These personnel develop distance training and education courses and programs, and administer the unit's MCI program.
Approximately over 115 courses are offered supporting most of the occupational specialties in the Marine Corps. The focus of the entire curriculum is to provide in-service training to upgrade technical and professional skills. The professional military education (PME) programs available through MCI either serve as mandatory prerequisites to or parallel the resident school programs offered through the Marine Corps University at the Marine Corps Combat development Command, Quantico, Virginia.
MCI has been accredited since 1977. MCI is currently accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Independent Accreditation Commission of DETC is listed by the United States Department of Education as a "nationally recognized accrediting agency." The Commission is also a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Nature of Study
The typical MCI course consists of 4 to 6 study units and is designed to be completed within 12 months. Students work at their own pace to successfully complete a MCI course. Once the course is completed, a student must take a proctored final examination that samples all course material and return it to MCI for grading. The student is issued a course completion certificate or program diploma and the completions/grades are posted in the Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS).
Credit for MCI Courses
The American Council on Education (ACE) has reviewed, evaluated, and approved for credit a number of MCI courses. These courses are listed in the current ACE Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the armed services. Colleges and universities the ACE recommendation and award credit for courses appropriate for civilian education and training based on their own credit evaluation policies.
The study hours listed on the transcript is the total time estimated for an average student to complete the course/program. The estimate also considers the complexity and the technical difficulty of the material.