Alumni Testimonials

Mark Burton

Master of Arts in Military History
, Class of 2013
Norwich is unique due to the military background of the institution. I wanted to study military history, so what better school than a military-based university.
Mark Burton, Class of 2013
Master of Arts in Military History

Q: “Tell us about you as a person, Mark – where you live, your family, your interests.”
A: “I currently live in Fort Bachanan, Puerto Rico. I am married and have three sons. As a family, we like to go to the beach, snorkel, surf and explore nature. History is my passion and interest.”

Q: “Briefly describe your professional life.”
A: “I am currently a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. My current position is command inspector general for Puerto Rico. “

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “I wanted to enhance my skills as a historian and Norwich University has a great reputation in military history. I plan to pursue a PhD in history in the future. Additionally, a master’s degree will assist me with promotion and career advancement.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich and how did you learn about it?”
A: “I researched online degrees and noticed there were two categories. The first is the for-profit schools. The second group is the non-profit, traditional universities. I wanted a brick and mortar school, so I chose Norwich.”

Q: “What do you find unique about Norwich?”
A: “Norwich is unique due to the military background of the institution. I wanted to study military history, so what better school than a military-based university?”

Q: “Please describe your relationship with your cohort.”
A: “I enjoyed my cohort because a variety of professionals were in it. For example, we had a professor, a nurse, a business owner and a retiree to name a few. I am glad it wasn’t all military.”

Q: “How have you grown as a result of your education?”
A: “I feel I have transformed from a ‘history buff’ into a true historian. Also, my writing skills have improved greatly, which enhances my career goals.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A: “I learned to read an entire book in a week. I believe we read 50 books in our program. Learning how to capture the pertinent points in a logical method is a skill I use every day in my profession.”

Q: “Anything else you wish to share about your experiences at Norwich?”
A: “As a military member, I was concerned I would not be able to connect and complete my weekly lessons. I found this was not a concern with the online program and a cell connection. I completed all lessons on time with some lessons completed on an airplane, in a hotel room, or even at the airport. I submitted my assignments from Indianapolis, San Francisco, Boston and even Japan!”