Graduate Partnership:
Defense Information School (DINFOS)
Public Affairs Officer Course (PAOC)

Special Graduate Program for Master of Science in Management with Specializations in Public Relations and Marketing and Specific Course Articulation

Military Institutions and Courses Involved: Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Common Core Curriculum (CCC) and Defense Information School (DINFOS), Public Affairs Officer Course (PAOC)

Summary: This program is based upon allowing course articulation and special credit transfer from a specific military institution and specific course to UMUC graduate programs as laid out as follows:

  • Students who complete the PAOC course at DINFOS subject to standard UMUC policies will receive 3 graduate credits in the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program with specialization in Public Relations articulated as PRPA 601.
  • Students who complete both the PAOC course at DINFOS and the CGSC CCC program subject to UMUC standard policies will receive 12 credits in the MSM program with specialization in Public Relations articulated as follows:
  • Students who complete the CGSC CCC program subject to UMUC standard policies will receive 9 credits in the MSM program with specialization in Marketing articulated as follows:

Accreditation: The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS), of which the CGSC is a member, accredits educational institutions in a nineteen state region. Its more than 4,700 schools, colleges and universities cooperatively establish and uphold standards for quality education. DINFOS is not regionally accredited but all of their courses are reviewed by the American Council of Education (ACE).

Name of UMUC program to accept transfer credit: Master of Science in Management, specialization in Public Relations and specialization in Marketing programs.

Programs UMUC to accept transfer credit: The Common Core Curriculum, CCC (14 week program) is for Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) students whether at the resident course at Fort Leavenworth which is part of a year long program, or the satellite campuses and if the CCC was completed after October 1, 2004. The following are the four current methods an officer can get the CCC and the two that will go operational in the future.

  • C Course—Resident Core, for Operations Career Field Officers which is the first 12 weeks of 48 week school for Operations Career Field (OPCF) officers.
  • E Course—Resident Core (Course Location–satellite campuses), currently located at Fort Gordon, Fort Belvoir and Fort Lee. These are for officers who have other Intermediate Level Education (ILE) than operations officers at select Army bases.
  • M Course—Resident Core, Total Army School System (TASS) regions. These, if held, will be for special groups of Army officers as needed.
  • S Course—Non-resident Core, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) when completed (currently not completed).

The Public Affairs Officer Course (PAOC) from DINFOS has been evaluated by ACE in February 2005 and has 3 semester hours in upper-division baccalaureate "advanced public relations" recommended credit.

Transcript Review

  • CGSC—The CGSC Registrar Office has provided a copy of the academic transcript for satellite campus. The course code, title, contact hours, semester credit hours and grades are posted. Each transcript will have Registrar signature and seal as well. For those officers attending the resident CGSC program those courses will be listed at the end of the transcript.
  • DINFOS—The DINFOS Registrar Office has provided a copy of the academic transcript for PAOC. The course code, title and contact hours are posted. Each transcript will have Registrar signature and seal as well.

Eligibility: In order for a student in the programs listed above to receive transfer credits, the student must meet UMUC's criteria for transfer as set forth in the applicable catalog at the time the student requests acceptance of the transferred credits. Student must have also not used the same credits to pursue a master's degree from CGSC or from another graduate program.

Grade assessments: UMUC will only accept the credits for transfers if the student has achieved a "B" or better on all courses listed below in the CGSC program. For PAOC students will have received a pass which is equated to a "B."

Program Matrix

Core Courses

  • MGMT 610 Organizational Theory (transfer in from CCC)
  • MGMT 615 Intercultural Communication and Leadership (transfer in from CCC)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (taken at UMUC)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (taken at UMUC)
  • MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (taken at UMUC)

Public Relations Specialization

  • MRTK 600 Marketing Management (taken at UMUC)
  • MRKT 601 Legal and Ethical Issues in Global Communications (transfer in from CCC)
  • PRPA 601 Public Relations Theory and Practice (transfer in/Tom PAOC)
  • PRPA 602 Public Relations Techniques (taken at UMUC)
  • PRPA 610 Crisis Communication Management (taken at UMUC)
  • PRPA 620 Global Public Relations (taken at UMUC)
  • PRPA 650 Public Relations Campaigns (taken at UMUC)

Marketing Specialization

  • MRTK 600 Marketing Management (taken at UMUC)
  • MRKT 601 Legal and Ethical Issues in Global Communications (transfer in from CCC)
  • MRKT 602 Consumer Behavior (taken at UMUC)
  • MRKT 603 Brand Management (taken at UMUC)
  • MRKT 604 Marketing Intelligence and Research Systems (taken at UMUC)
  • MRKT 605 International Marketing (taken at UMUC)
  • MRKT 606 Integrated Direct Marketing (taken at UMUC)

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree Program

In accordance with UMUC applicable policies, procedures and requirements, DINFOS students have the option of pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree after completing the requirements for the MSM. DINFOS students wishing to pursue this option should confer with a UMUC academic advisor at the earliest opportunity since the 7-year rule also includes these courses. Students may earn the MBA by completing the following additional coursework:

  • DMBA 610 Ethical Leadership in Organizations and Society (6)
  • DMBA 620 Effective Financial and Operational Decision Making (6)
  • DMBA 630 Marketing and Strategy Management in the Global Marketplace (6)

Administrative Requirements

  • Prospective students must meet normal UMUC admission requirements.
  • Students must apply for admission.
  • No other courses can be transferred into the program where 9 and 12 credits have already been accepted. Those students who have the PAOC course accepted could potentially have 3 more credits applied.
  • Upon completion of the CCC program and/or PAOC, students must send a request and a transcript to have the credits posted to the UMUC transcript. Please visit the Transfer to UMUC Web site.
  • All requirements established for the completion of the program must be fulfilled within seven consecutive years and include the track seminar courses taken with AMSC. This requirement cannot be waived.

POC's for this program are as follows

Points of Contact

General Program Questions
Military Support Services
240-684-2574

Academic Information
Donald Gakenheimer
800-888-UMUC (8682), ext. 2451

Note: In addition to the MS in Management (with two specializations) the MBA is also available through this MOU.

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