Stratford University

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Stratford University
Stratford Seal
MottoScientia est potentia
Motto in English
Knowledge is power
TypePrivate, Coeducational, Public Benefit Corporation,[1]
Established1976; 43 years ago (1976)
PresidentRichard R. Shurtz II.[2]
CampusUrban campuses
TaglineChanging student
at a time.
ColorsBlue and Silver
Stratford Logo
Stratford University is located in Northern Virginia
Stratford University
Location in Northern Virginia
Stratford University is located in Virginia
Stratford University
Stratford University (Virginia)
Stratford University is located in the United States
Stratford University
Stratford University (the United States)

Stratford University, a Virginia public benefit corporation,[1][3][4] is a U.S. higher educational institution founded in 1976. Stratford specializes in adult education, providing placement assistance for students and graduates. It delivers online, classroom, and blended online/classroom programs.[5]

Stratford University is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia and has campuses in Virginia (Alexandria,[6] Falls Church, Woodbridge,[7] Newport News,[8][9] Virginia Beach,[10][11][12] and Richmond[13][14][15]), Maryland (Baltimore [16][17]), and India (New Delhi [18][19]). The majority of the student body is non-traditional and works full-time while attending school. Stratford's international student body represents over thirty countries.[20]

The Stratford campus in India is a joint venture with the Modi Group, created to offer residential American degrees in India. The legal name of the Indian joint venture is Modi Stratford Education Management (MSEM), Pvt. Ltd. The Modi Stratford Foundation, a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of MSEM, delivers the academic programs in India as an accredited campus of Stratford University.[21][22]

Academic programs[edit]

Stratford University awards graduate and undergraduate degrees in a number of disciplines including business administration, computer information systems, health sciences, nursing, culinary arts, and hotel management. Online, residential, and blended programs are available. All online and blended courses use the Stratford online Moodle platform hosted in Stratford's data center.[23]

The table below lists all programs and indicates which are available online.[24]

Stratford University degrees
School of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Masters of Business Administration*
  • International Masters of Business Administration*
  • Enterprise Business Management MS*
  • Entrepreneurial Management MS*
  • Accounting MS*
  • Business Administration BS*
  • Accounting BS*
  • Business Administration AAS*
  • Accounting AAS*

School of Computer Information Systems

  • Doctor of Information Technology
  • Information Systems MS*
  • Information Assurance MS*
  • Software Engineering MS*
  • Telecommunications MS*
  • Information Technology BS*
  • Networking Management and Security AAS*
School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality
  • International Hospitality Management MS*
  • Hospitality Management BA*
  • Culinary Management BA
  • Advanced Culinary Arts AAS
  • Baking and Pastry Arts AAS
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management AAS*

School of Health Sciences

  • Healthcare Administration MS*
  • Healthcare Administration BS*
  • Health Information Management BS*
  • Medical Assisting AAS
  • Clinical Hemodialysis Technology AAS
  • EKG-Phlebotomy Technology AAS
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding AAS*
  • Pharmacy Technology AAS

School of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)*
* Also Available Online


Dr. Richard R. Shurtz II, Stratford president, won the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Greater Washington for the Government/Education Services category.[2][25][26] Stratford University was ranked as one of the Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers for All Disciplines in 2009 by Diverse Education.[27][28]

In 2015,The PeaceJam Foundation's 'One Billion Acts of Peace' campaign awarded its first annual Hero Award to Stratford University for Best University Act. PeaceJam judges "recognized Stratford University as a true agent of change in helping to solve some of the biggest global issues around the world." Stratford University was one of only five worldwide recipients.[29][30]

Stratford University received the Virginia V3 Perseverando Award for both 2015 and 2015. The awards were presented to Stratford by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe of at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Workforce Conference in Richmond.[31][32][33][34]

In 2016, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Stratford University with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President's "E" Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The 'E' Awards noted Stratford University's dedication to providing quality education to students around the world, particularly its investment in language training programs.[35][36][37]

Continuing education programs[edit]

Stratford University offers a number of non-credit continuing education and professional development courses.

Programs for military personnel[edit]

Stratford University has established a number of programs to help US military and former-US military personnel complete their education.

  • Stratford is recognized by the Veterans Administration as a military-friendly institution and a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program.[38]
  • Stratford has programs to assist military students on Tuition Assistance (TA) to eliminate out-of-pocket tuition expenses.
  • Stratford is a member of the DoD Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges (SOC) Consortium,[39] and the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP).
  • Transfer credits are accepted from AARTS, SMART, CCAF, ACE, DANTES, CLEP exams, as well as from other SOC colleges and universities.
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is used to grant credit for military experience and training programs.
  • Stratford is approved for the training of veterans, reservists, and other eligible persons under US Code,[40] Title 38 (Veteran's Benefits), including Chapter 30 (Active Duty), Chapter 31 (Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities), Chapter 32 (Post-Vietnam Era Educational Assistance), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 Educational Assistance), and Chapter 35 (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance), as well as, Title 10 (Armed Forces), including Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve Educational Assistance), and Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance).


Stratford University signed a letter of intent for an affiliation with Baltimore International College (BIC) on August 12, 2011.[41] The university has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commissionand Baltimore officially became an additional location of Stratford University on December 1, 2011.[16]

Stratford University signed a memorandum of understanding with Sojourner-Douglass College (SDC) on April 2, 2015.[42] This memorandum outlines a process through which SDC programs will transition to Stratford after June 30, 2015, the date that SDC loses it accreditation. This location will be renamed the Sojourner-Douglass Center at Stratford University.


Stratford University, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, has campuses in Virginia, Maryland and India. Stratford University's main campus is located in Falls Church, Virginia near Tysons Corner. It has a six additional US campuses in Alexandria, Virginia near Telegraph Road, Woodbridge, Virginia near Potomac Mills, in Richmond, Virginia near Short Pump, in Newport News, Virginia near Oyster Point, in Virginia Beach, Virginia near Town Center and in Baltimore, Maryland near the Inner Harbor.

In 2009, the University opened two learning sites in New Delhi, India. Stratford has a main learning site and one satellite learning site in the New Delhi region. The main learning site is located in South Delhi. The satellite learning site is located in Gurgaon.


The Stratford University Newport News and Virginia Beach Campuses offers Men's Basketball, Men's Baseball, Women's Soccer, and Women's Softball.[43] Stratford University is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Supporting services[edit]

Stratford University offers a wide range of services to assist the students and faculty, some of which include:

  • Stratford's Welcome Center offers a range of services including gym memberships, housing assistance, information about health insurance plans. Welcome Center personnel assist students with any non-academic problems which they may encounter while completing their degree. Student activities and events are organized by the Welcome Center year round.
  • Stratford's International Student Office provides support for international students, including: admissions assistance; obtaining F-1/J-1 Visas; transferring from another school; securing housing; travelling within and outside the US; obtaining CPT/OPT employment authorization; and advice for securing an H-1 Visa.[20]
  • Stratford's Language Institute offers an academic English as Second Language (ESL) program to help international students enter a degree program.[44]
  • Stratford's Career Services Office provides placement assistance for students.
  • Stratford's Academic Services provides tutoring and developmental mathematics and English to assist students academically.
  • Stratford's Continuing Education Office offers many non-credit workshops and courses in business, health sciences, technology, culinary arts, and event management.
  • Stratford's Food Services are managed by the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. The School of Culinary Arts offers fine dining to the public as part of its culinary curriculum. The School operates the Escoffier Dining Room, the Careme Dining Room, and the Library Cafe.
  • Stratford's Media Office produces and broadcasts a weekly radio show, Tech Talk Radio, which is aired on WFED (1500 AM) each Saturday from 9 to 10 am EST.[45] The show is streamed live over the Internet from the WFED home page. Audio files of the show and a podcast feed are posted each week to the Tech Talk Radio home page.[46] The podcast is also available via iTunes.[47] Tech Talk Radio first aired in January 2000 and has been previously broadcast on WMAL (630AM), WJFK-FM (106.7FM), WTWP (1500AM, 107.7FM), and WWWT (1500AM, 107.7FM) radio stations.

Accreditation and affiliations[edit]

Stratford University has been endorsed and/or accredited by a broad range of organizations and agencies.


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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°54′26.53″N 77°12′52.13″W / 38.9073694°N 77.2144806°W / 38.9073694; -77.2144806 (Stratford University Main Campus)