A U.S. Naval War College (NWC) faculty member participates in a graduation ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
A U.S. Naval War College (NWC) faculty member participates in a graduation ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The graduating class of 2016 included 316 resident students of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, federal civilian employees and 118 international students. Additionally, 1,174 students completed coursework through NWC’s College of Distance Education programs. 160617-N-PX557-242 NEWPORT, R.I. (June 17, 2016)

College of Naval Warfare Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the CNW curriculum, you will be awarded a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase II credit. Depending on your elective track or participation in programs such as Advanced research Projects or ASP, you may also be awarded Additional Qualification Designations (AQD’s) or Subspecialty Codes (SSC’s).

The Naval War College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to award qualified resident U.S. graduates of the College of Naval Warfare with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. The college is also accredited by the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff to award JPME Phase II credit for this senior level program.

Senior Level Course (ILC)

The Senior Level Course (ILC), taught to CNW students  is designed to support the following Senior Level PME outcomes:

  • Skilled in Formulating and Executing Strategy & U.S. Policy
  • Skilled in Joint Warfighting, Theater Strategy & Campaign Planning
  • Capable of Strategically-Minded Critical Thinking
  • Capable of Excelling in Positions of Strategic Leadership

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Core Curriculum

The Naval War College has three core teaching departments: Strategy and Policy, National Security Affairs, and Joint Military Operations, each with separate faculty.

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Other Academic Opportunities

Beyond our core curriculum and robust electives program we offer a variety of related academic opportunities to enhance your educational experience.

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New student orientation is a multi-day event designed to prepare you for your upcoming NWC experience and give you the information you need to be ready when classes begin.

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News, Media, & Events


Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication

Issues in National Security: Looking Outward to the Future

Jan. 23, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
Article Publication