Graduation at Naval War College

Academics & Programs

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) educates and develops today’s military leaders and civilian officials through rigorous academics, strategic simulations, and practical learning experiences. From at-sea scenarios to in-depth discussions, NWC prepares ethically-minded leaders to meet the operational and strategic challenges of today and tomorrow.

Colleges & Academies

U.S. Naval War College, the first senior service institution in the nation, is home to six colleges and many special programs and research centers. At our Newport campus, you can fulfill your Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) or Professional Military Education (PME) requirements, earn a diploma or master’s degree, or complete senior leadership, ethics and operational level of war training and education. Our College of Distance Education expands our mission and reach by offering programs to those at sea, abroad, or otherwise unable to travel to New England.

College of Distance Education

College of Distance Education

Location: Student’s locale, online, various military bases
Format: Fleet seminar, web-based, and/or CD-ROM
Eligibility: Active duty and reserve officers, eligible U.S. government civilians
Duration: Varies
Outcome: JPME Phase I credit, diploma, master’s degree (Fleet Seminar Program)

College of Maritime Operational Warfare

College of Maritime Operational Warfare

Location: Newport, R.I.
Format: Classroom
Eligibility: Varies by program—From mid-grade officers and senior enlisted to general and flag officers
Duration: Varies (one to 11 weeks)
Outcome: Various PME credits and AQD’s

College of Naval Command and Staff

College of Naval Command and Staff

Location: Newport, R.I.
Format: Classroom
Eligibility: Intermediate officers, U.S. military and government civilians
Duration: 10 months
Outcome: JPME Phase I and master’s degree

College of Naval Warfare

College of Naval Warfare

Location: Newport, R.I.
Format: Classroom
Eligibility: Senior officers, U.S. military and government civilians
Duration: 10 months
Outcome: JPME Phase II and master’s degree

Naval Command College

Naval Command College

Location: Newport, R.I.
Format: Classroom
Eligibility: Senior international officers
Duration: 11 months
Outcome: Diploma

Naval Leadership and Ethics Center building

Naval Leadership and Ethics Center

Location: Newport, RI
Format: Classroom
Eligibility: Prospective Command Triad and Spouses
Duration: Varies (1 to 2 Weeks)
Outcome: Prerequisite

Naval Staff College

Naval Staff College

Location: Newport, R.I.
Format: Classroom
Eligibility: Intermediate international officers
Duration: 11 months
Outcome: Diploma

Senior Enlisted Academy building

Senior Enlisted Academy

Location: Newport, R.I., and online
Format: Classroom and online
Eligibility: Senior enlisted
Duration: 12 weeks
Outcome: Prereq for promotion to E9

U.S. Naval War College Programs

Established in 1884 as an advanced course of professional study for naval officers, we educate and develop leaders at specific stages in their careers from all services, U.S. government agencies and departments, and international navies.

Student support and resources at NWC, The Writing Center
The Writing Center

Student Support & Resources

We’re here to support you in your transition to—or back to—college-level coursework. NWC provides students a variety of academic assistance, from orientation materials to one-on-one instruction and workshops at our Writing Center.

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Research & Wargaming

Academic Excellence at NWC

As the “Navy’s Home of Thought,” our faculty comprises wargaming experts and scholars in warfare, maritime studies, cyber conflicts, and international law. Their original research complements our academic offerings and contributes to national strategy.

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