Please Note: Enrollment is not open to the general public. Domestic and international officers, along with select civilian applicants, are typically selected and assigned to the different programs.
Attending the College
The U.S. Naval War College serves as “a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war.” More than 600 domestic and international students participate annually in resident Joint Professional Military Education programs at NWC, and hundreds more learn at sea or on location through distance learning.
Intermediate- and senior-level domestic and international officers, along with civilian leaders, are typically selected and assigned to the college. Students attending will participate in the 10-month resident program and will have a variety of additional academic opportunities from which to pick.
For more information on the different colleges and opportunities, please see our "Programs Offered” page.Programs Offered
Select Civilian Applicants
Admission for certain civilian students, nominated by their parent agency, are required to submit a formal application package to NWC. For more information on the application process for selected civilian applicants, please visit our registrar's office page.
Distance Education Programs
Through the College of Distance Education (CDE), military officers and select government employees can apply and pursue the same caliber of courses as resident students through convenient and flexible formats.
For more information on the different distant programs, please visit the College of Distance Education.
Please Note: The general public and contractors may not apply to CDE programs.Explore Distant Programs
Professional Military Education Courses
The College of Maritime Operational Warfare (CMOW) is responsible for a series of Professional Military Education (PME) courses that vary in length from one week to three months. Personnel attending CMOW courses typically include domestic and international officers and government civilians, though individual course makeup varies.
For more information on the different PME programs, please visit the College of Maritime Operational Warfare.Discover PME Programs