Does anyone have experience with this program? If so, how many credits were validated? Does USMA have a similar program? "If you want to get a head start on graduate education, you will be interested in the Voluntary Graduate Education Program (VGEP). If you are selected to participate in VGEP, you can devote your second semester of first class year, the summer after commissioning, and the following autumn to pursue a master’s degree at any number of local colleges and universities. You must be well ahead in your matrix to participate in VGEP. The time to start thinking about this is during plebe year; talk to your academic adviser about this long range plan. A briefing on VGEP is given to midshipmen fourth class in January each year. See the VGEP briefing slides on the Graduate Education Blackboard by logging onto the USNA Home Page Blackboard and scrolling down to see the “grad ed menu”. The Graduate Education Office is in Michelson, 384, and can be reached at 3-6334 or via yard mail, stop 9G."