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Founded 1976

Stratford University is a private, for-profit, higher educational institution founded in 1976. Stratford specializes in adult education and offers placement assistance for students and graduates. It delivers online, classroom, and blended online/classroom programs.

The Stratford campuses are owned by American Transportation Institute, Inc., a privately-held Virginia corporation. Stratford has campuses in Northern Virginia (Falls Church and Woodbridge)[1][2], as well as, Delhi, India[3][4], and is opening a campus in Richmond.[5] The majority of the student body is non-traditional and works full-time while attending school. Stratford's international student body is diverse and represents over twenty countries.

Stratford has partnered with the Global Land Coalition to provide distance education services in developing countries and with the K. K. Modi Group in India (see Modi Stratford) to offer residential American degrees in India.[6]

Dr. Richard R. Shurtz, the president of Stratford University, won the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Greater Washington for the Government/Education Services category.[7][8] Stratford University was ranked as one of the Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers for All Disciplines in 2009 by Diverse Education.[9]


Academic programs

Stratford University awards graduate and undergraduate degrees in a number of disciplines including business administration, computer information systems, health sciences, culinary arts, and hotel/restaurant management. The University offers accelerated degree programs for those who wish to start their careers quickly. An associate's degree can be earned in 15 months, a bachelor's degree in 30 months, and a master's degree in 15 months. Stratford University has five academic departments offering the following degrees.

School of Computer Information Systems

  • Information Systems BS
  • Computer Security and Forensics BS
  • Network Engineering BS
  • Software Engineering BS
  • Networking Management and Security AAS
  • Digital Design AAS

School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality

  • Hospitality Management BA
  • Advanced Culinary Arts AAS
  • Baking and Pastry Arts AAS
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management AAS

School of Business Administration

  • Business Administration BS
  • Accounting BS
  • Business Administration AAS
  • Accounting AAS

School of Health Sciences

  • 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)

School of Graduate Studies

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • International Masters of Business Administration (IMBA)
  • Enterprise Business Management MS
  • Information Systems MS
  • Information Assurance MS
  • Software Engineering MS
  • Telecommunications MS
  • Accounting MS

Supporting Services

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

  • Stratford's Continuing Education Office offers many non-credit workshops and courses in business, allied health, 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 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.[10] The show is streamed live over the Internet from the WFED home page. Audio files of the show are posted each week to the Tech Talk Radio home page. The show is also available via podcast.[11] 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.


Stratford University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award degrees through the master's level.[12] The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is recognized by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).[13] Stratford is a member of the SOC Consortium and is recognized by the Veteran's Administration for the delivery of education. All culinary programs have a second accreditation (programmatic) with the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Stratford has been authorized to award degrees and diplomas by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).[14]


  1. ^ "Stratford University opens Woodbridge campus". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  2. ^ "YouTube Video: New Channel 8 Coverage of Woodbridge Campus Opening". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  3. ^ "Stratford University to set up campus in India". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  4. ^ "Stratford University and Kansas State University faculty will visit Delhi University". Retrieved 2010-3-16. 
  5. ^ "Stratford University to Enter Richmond Market". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  6. ^ "Stratford University Opens Campus in India". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  7. ^ "Winners for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 awards in Greater Washington Announced". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  8. ^ "Ex-Techie Gets Educational". Retrieved 2010-3-16. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 - Graduate Degree Producers". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  10. ^ "University president talks, teaches tech". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  11. ^ "Tech Talk Radio Podcast". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  12. ^ "ACICS Directory of Institutions". Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  13. ^ "Database of Institutions Accredited By Recognized U.S. Accrediting Organizations". Retrieved 2010-3-15. 
  14. ^ "SCHEV Directory of Private and Out-of-State Colleges and Universities". Retrieved 2009-10-23. 

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