Norwich University: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

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Online Master's Degree Programs
Northfield, Vermont

Distance Learning Program

Professionals who are balancing career and personal commitments find that Norwich University's innovative and flexible e-learning delivery allows them to maintain that balance. They may study any time they wish—classrooms are open 24/7. Also, each graduate degree program consists of 36 credits of course-work, split into three semesters. This format allows for multiple start times during an academic year.

Delivery Media

Norwich University utilizes an online virtual classroom that is supported 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Regardless of their technical skill, students are guaranteed assistance whenever they need it. The University's virtual classrooms are the center of the learning experience. The highly interactive educational Web site uses the highest-quality multimedia to make the learning experience as engaging as it is effective. It is there that students access course information, communicate with their instructors and fellow students, post assignments, and view grades, all from the convenience of their home or office.

Programs of Study

Norwich University's M.B.A. program boasts one of the highest retention rates in the nation, owing to its fine faculty, great students, and engaging, well-organized curriculum. The program not only empowers students with the skills required to handle complex business situations, but also gives them a mind-set to establish and run a business enterprise based on scientific research, sound strategy, and a precise action plan. Every seminar features an individual project that makes students turn and face their own company and industry; it is another opportunity to customize the M.B.A. degree. If context is important in learning, and it is, then this is where education turns quickly into ROI.

The Master of Civil Engineering at Norwich University was designed specifically for working civil engineers by leaders in civil engineering education, based on the most recent recommendations of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The resulting program provides a comprehensive examination of the technical side of engineering and addresses the administrative issues faced by today's engineers. Topics covered range from how to perform a nonlinear dynamic frame analysis to how to run a consulting office. Upon program completion, students have compiled a portfolio containing copies of all their design projects from the six seminars that reflects extensive growth the student has experienced through this rigorous program.

Norwich University offers a Master of Science in information assurance. The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Norwich University as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (IA) Education. The program is designed for those in technology fields who wish to combine technical competency in computer science or information assurance systems with a deep knowledge of IA issues affecting managerial decisions and an organization's IA policies. The program prepares learners to assume professional management responsibilities, including those of chief security officers, security administrators, and chief information security officers.

Norwich University's online master's degree programs combine the full convenience of an online education with a 183-year-old heritage to provide high-quality yet affordable distance offerings. Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), a regional accrediting agency that represents the highest form of accreditation that a university can receive. The six master's degree programs—business, civil engineering, diplomacy, information security, justice administration, and military history—can be completed in twenty-four months or less. Each program is capped by a one- or two-week trip to Norwich University and the Green Mountains of Vermont. The curriculum is highly customized to the professional needs of the student, utilizing the best of modern learning techniques. The programs' student-retention rates are the best in the industry, owing to small class sizes; innovative curricula; emphasis on meeting student needs; 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week technical help; and the ability to generate a sense of community in the online environment. When students become part of Norwich University, they become part of something very old, very proud, and very deep.

Norwich University was founded in 1819. It is the oldest private engineering college in the country, the oldest private military college in the country, the first Corps of Cadets to enroll women (twenty-five years before any other), the first to allow African Americans to join the Corps, and the first university to offer graduate low-residency programs. The University was founded upon innovative educational techniques and has continued to outpace the academic world in the delivery of education. Norwich University is a learning community, American in character yet global in perspective, engaged in personal and intellectual transformation, and dedicated to knowledge, mutual respect, creativity, and community service.

Norwich University's Master of Arts in diplomacy degree is designed to provide a fully rounded perspective on the subject of diplomacy and to ensure both breadth and depth of content. The program offers a unique and complete education in foreign policy and a challenging thesis option. The program provides a comprehensive overview of some of the most important topics the world faces today. Theories behind international relations, international law, the world economy, international conflict and its management and resolution, terrorism, and postconflict nation building are all covered in this topical and current degree program.

Norwich University's Master of Justice Administration (M.J.A.) is not exclusively criminal justice or public administration. The program focuses on the synthesis of education, training, and skills that law enforcement professionals need in order to be effective managers in the criminal justice system. For many, the M.J.A. degree provides the necessary credentials to take advantage of the growing number of leadership positions that are now available. Others find that the master's degree opens the door to a rewarding career in teaching or to continuing their studies toward a doctoral degree.

In the Master of Arts in military history program, the topical and current curriculum uses the common threads linking history, conflict, and humanity to emphasize objective analysis and critical thinking—qualities invaluable in business, teaching, government, and military work. Pertinent courses, such as Terrorism and its Impact on Military Operations and Warfare and War and Genocide, provide modern lessons on leadership, strategy, tactics, and many more issues that are relevant for today and for tomorrow. This one-of-a kind program is offered by an institution that boasts an unrivaled imprint on military history, stamped by the University and its innovative leaders, but even more so by the graduates themselves.

Student Services

Norwich's team of Admissions Advisors helps students explore opportunities for financial aid, walks them step-by-step through the application process, determines which start date fits their plans, and clarifies any of their questions or concerns. Norwich University also offers online support services that allow students to inquire about the program, apply for admission, submit applications and deposit fees, access library services, and obtain ongoing academic advising.

Credit Options

On a case-by-case basis, students may transfer up to 6 graduate credits for some programs.


Norwich University faculty members are true educational leaders. Students have the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest professors from across the nation. Norwich students interact with and gain incomparable insight from leading Ph.D.s, consultants, and experts with real-world experience in their fields.


Admissions criteria include a completed application form, an application fee, a letter of intent, a resume, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and TOEFL scores (for international students).

Tuition and Fees

For the 2005–06 academic year, the Norwich University online graduate tuition is between $526 and $624 per credit, or $6660 to $8232 per semester. Book, resource, and technology fees range from $700 to $900 per semester. Travel, housing, and food costs for the residency are included in the tuition.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of student loans. For information regarding financial aid options, students should contact an Admissions Advisor at 800-460-5597 (toll-free).


Online Graduate Programs
Norwich University
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, Vermont 05663
Phone: 800-460-5597
Fax: 888-560-4934
E-mail: [email protected] (Business Administration)
[email protected] (Civil Engineering)
[email protected] (Diplomacy)
[email protected] (Information Assurance)
[email protected] (Justice Administration)
[email protected] (Military History)
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Applications are accepted for the January, March, and December semesters. Deadline dates for applying are approximately two months prior to the seminar start dates. Students are notified when their application materials arrive in the office.

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