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Western Shores Institute


Western Shores Institute Inc. (WSI) offers a wide range of classes and seminars in the area of business, management, and technology at your location in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and on-line to students worldwide.

Headquartered in Dunkirk, Maryland, WSI offers both classroom and online education for students that are designed for busy working professionals and active-duty U.S. military personnel.  Our adult learners enjoy our student-centered curriculum, outstanding administrative services, use of cutting-edge technology, and an extensive collection of updated materials and information available to all students.


Western Shores Institute (WSI) is incorporated in Maryland as a privately owned and operated institution of postsecondary education that provides continuing and remedial education courses for the enhancement of an individual's skills and knowledge.


WSI offers a variety of Business, Project, and Program Management courses, SAT and GRE preparation courses, and remedial education.

Mission Statement

Western Shores Institute provides high-quality, and varied educational programs and opportunities for the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of all members of its diverse community. The Institute values its role as an educational leader, responding to the complex needs of the student community it serves.

WSI is a CLEP® score recipient (score recipient code 4277). For your nearest test center, visit

Under what Authority does Western Shores Institute operate?

WSI operates in accordance with Maryland State COMAR 13B.01.01.03B and the Maryland Higher Education Commission Policies and Procedures.


WSI does not presently offer an Undergraduate or Graduate Degree.  WSI is not a degree-granting institution as defined in Maryland COMAR, 13B.02.02.01.


WSI operated in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). HEOA was enacted on August 14, 2008, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.


WSI follows the latest guidance published on March 11, 2011 by the United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education on the definition of a credit hour, and the recommended implementation of the regulations (75 FR 66832) published on October 29, 2010. For more information, see “GEN-11-06: Guidance to Institutions and Accrediting Agencies Regarding a Credit Hour as Defined in the Final Regulations Published on October 29, 2010."                                      (


Western Shores Institute Inc. is also a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) Level 2 Company.


WSI does not currently participate in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Will my credits transfer?

This question is the most asked question by students who are thinking about transferring to another college or university. The first place to seek those answers is the college or university you wish to transfer to. The decision to accept credit from another institution is entirely at the discretion of the receiving institution. Students should check with the school to which they desire to transfer regarding the credit they will transfer. In the absence of an articulation agreement between WSI and another institution, no one at WSI can represent that specific credits will transfer anywhere.

What organizations are Western Shores Institute a member of?

WSI is a member of many educational organizations, including DiscoverED, the College Open Textbooks Community, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, and conneXions.

Western Shores Institute, Inc.
10383 Southern Maryland Blvd
PO Box 81
Dunkirk, Maryland 20754-0081


 (301) 327-6220