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Training & Education

Turn your McDonald’s training into college credit hours.

The average McDonald’s restaurant manager has completed the equivalent of approximately 18 credit hours – hours that can be transferred to many colleges and universities, both private and public, and applied toward a two- or four-year degree.

We’re proud to be one of only 8 Fortune 500 companies to receive college credit recommendations for training. From scholarships to get you started on your college education to our world-renowned Hamburger University with its unique management curriculum, McDonald’s helps you navigate your personal career path.

Educational Assistance

McDonald’s helps you keep on learning through our educational assistance program, which is available at our company-owned restaurants and through some of our franchisees.

McDonald's USA National Employee Scholarship Program

This program recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of McDonald's student-employees who excel in their studies, serve their communities and go the extra mile to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable experience for our customers.

Every academic year, McDonald's typically selects one outstanding student-employee applicant from each state and the District of Columbia to receive a $2,500 scholarship. In addition, three student-employees judged to demonstrate the highest commitment to school, work and community service are selected and named "McScholar of the Year" with a $5,000 scholarship. Returning college students who attend school part time are highly encouraged to apply.

Other Scholarships

RMHC also offers scholarships – for eligibility and application information, visit the RMHC website. In addition, many McDonald’s franchise owners support other scholarship programs in their communities, so contact your local McDonald's to see what they have to offer.


Hamburger University

Since 1961, Hamburger University has offered graduates a unique management curriculum that is as thought-provoking as it is comprehensive. Hamburger U teaches in a total of 28 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Mandarin, and some college credits can be earned. McDonald’s is the only restaurant organization that awards college credits from the American Council on Education—46 in all.

Our founder Ray Kroc once said, “If we are going to go anywhere, we’ve got to have talent. And, I’m going to put my money in talent.” Hamburger University continues to promote that philosophy, each and every day.

Restaurant Opportunities

Corporate Opportunities