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A Professional Graduate-Level
Educational and Research Institution
The U.S. Naval War College started 130 years ago as a small institution with mostly summer courses. It has evolved into a one-year, resident program that graduates about 600 students a year, and a robust distance program that graduates about 1,000 students a year. Students earn Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit and either a diploma or a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Established in 1884, the U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of 9 students in 1885 and about 300 of today’s active-duty admirals and generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.
The college’s Professional Military Education (PME) programs prepare leaders for the challenges of operational and/or strategic level leadership over the remainder of their careers as decision makers and problem solvers.  More than 2,000 students have graduated from the Maritime Staff Operators Course, 225 from the Executive Level OLW Course, and more than 500 U.S. and international flag and general officers from the flag course.
Just as our educational programs have expanded in depth and reach, so have the research and analysis efforts conducted by our Center for Naval Warfare Studies. Through war games, conferences, workshops, and publications, our research arm provides direct curriculum support to our educational programs and focused, task-driven analysis for fleet customers and government agencies across the national security spectrum.

  • Educate and Develop Leaders
  • Support Defining the Future Navy and Associated Roles and Missions
  • Support Combat Readiness
  • Strengthen Global Maritime Partnerships
1884 – Oldest war college in the world

Coasters Harbor Island,
Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island

Current (54th) President
Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr.
Faculty Billets Authorized: 323
199 Civilian
124 Military
*includes teaching, research, and administrative positions

Staff Billets Authorized: 336
214 Civilian
122 Navy personnel
  • Strategy and Policy or Strategy and War
  • National Security Decision Making or Theater Security Decision Making
  • Joint Military Operations or Joint Maritime Operations
  • Maritime Advanced War-fighting School
  • Electives
  • Joint/Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Courses
  • Executive Level OLW Course
  • Maritime Staff Operators Course
Degree Granted
Master of Arts
National Security and Strategic Studies
Academic Accreditation          
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Joint Professional Military Education (JPME)
Accredited by Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff to award JPME Phase I/II credit

Center for Naval Warfare Studies
Links NWC to the fleet and Washington policy makers as a source of strategic and operational thought through research, analysis and gaming

Resident Student Body
Total Students on Campus  545
Senior Class
College of Naval Warfare (U.S.)
Naval Command College (international)
U.S. Navy 64
U.S. Army 38
U.S. Air Force 27
U.S. Marine Corps 24
U.S. Coast Guard 2
U.S. Civilian 19
International Naval Officers 44

Intermediate Class
College of Naval Command & Staff (U.S.)
Naval Staff College (international)
U.S. Navy 154
U.S. Army 65
U.S. Air Force 29
U.S. Marine Corps 19
U.S. Coast Guard 5
U.S. Civilian 11
International Naval Officers 44


College of Distance Education
Fleet Seminar Program with faculty-led instruction at 20 satellite campuses and non-degree granting Web-enabled and CD-ROM based programs 
Fleet Seminar 1,093
NWC at Naval Postgraduate School       1,640
Web-enabled Program 1,220 
CD-ROM Program 800
Graduate Degree Program 619
Total Distance Course Enrollments         5,372

College of Operational & Strategic Leadership
Leadership continuum of Professional Military Education (PME) for Navy personnel, supports combat readiness and the operational level of war through courses and an Assist & Assess Team
Senior Enlisted Academy
Aligned with NWC, provides senior enlisted leadersresident and distanceeducation in communication skills, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs, and physical fitness
Naval War College Press Publications

Statistics current as of August 2013