Participants converse during the Chief of Naval Operations' 23rd International Seapower Symposium (ISS) at U.S. Naval War College.
Participants converse during the Chief of Naval Operations' 23rd International Seapower Symposium (ISS) at U.S. Naval War College. More than 180 senior officers and civilians from more than 100 countries including many of the senior-most officers from those countries' navies and coast guards, are attending the biennial event Sept. 18-21. This year's theme is "Security, Order, Prosperity," and will feature guest speakers and panel discussions to explore the common security challenges of maritime nations. First held in 1969, ISS has become the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history and provides a forum for senior international leaders to create and solidify solutions to shared challenges and threats in ways that are in the interests of individual nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jess Lewis/released)

Programs Offered

The Naval War College programs are conducted as graduate courses and students must perform at that level. The style, organization, and content of student submissions should reflect generally accepted graduate-level requirements. The College employs no "school solutions," but rather emphasizes the logical application of information in support of individual analysis and problem-solving. Invariably, alternative, logical interpretations or courses of action will exist. The faculty often will comment upon these other options in analyzing student work.

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Program Outcome Rank Eligible Domestic/International College/Academy Program Description Location Duration Learning Format
International Wargaming Course
  • Certificate
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • International Military
Wargaming Department
  • The International Wargaming Course (I-WC) is a two week course jointly designed by U.S. Naval War College International Programs and the Wargaming Department, to introduce international partners to the fundamental concepts of wargaming through the project management process, and practical application. Designed to meet the learning needs of O3-O5 (NATO OF2 - OF4) officers with an English Comprehension Level (ECL) of 80, the course will enable students to better understand how to develop their national wargaming organization to conduct research, analysis, gaming and education.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 2 Weeks
  • Classroom
Fleet Seminar Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • NEC
  • College of Naval Command & Staff Diploma
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS11+)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS13)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS14-GS15)
  • U.S. Military & Government
College of Distance Education
  • U.S. Naval War College, Fleet Seminar Program (FSP) offers joint intermediate level Professional Military Education (PME) through a set of three courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. These courses are offered at multiple locations, in keeping with efforts of the Chief of Naval Personnel, to foster a deliberate and flexible learning environment. Each course normally requires one academic year to complete an FSP academic year runs from September through the following May.
  • 19 Regional Locations
  • 3 years
  • Classroom
Graduate Degree Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies
  • NEC
  • College of Naval Command & Staff Diploma
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS11+)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS13)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS14-GS15)
  • U.S. Military & Government
College of Distance Education
  • U.S. Naval War College, Fleet Seminar Program (FSP) offers joint intermediate level Professional Military Education (PME) through a set of three courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. These courses are offered at multiple locations, in keeping with efforts of the Chief of Naval Personnel, to foster a deliberate and flexible learning environment. Each course normally requires one academic year to complete an FSP academic year runs from September through the following May.
  • 19 Regional Locations
  • 3 years
  • Classroom
Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • College of Naval Command & Staff Diploma
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS13)
  • U.S. Military & Government
College of Distance Education
  • As part of the agreement between U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the college has structured the program at NPS so that students enrolled in the Master’s Degree program are able to earn a NWC, College of Distance Education Command and Staff diploma in four quarters. The agreement stipulated a level of effort equating four separate 4-credit hour courses which can be achieved by enrolling in one course per quarter. Students who successfully complete both programs would leave NPS with their Masters Degree, subspecialty code, NWC diploma and Joint Professional Military Education Phase (JPME) I credit.
  • Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
  • 12 Months
  • Classroom
Web-Enabled Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • College of Naval Command & Staff Diploma
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS11+)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS13)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS14-GS15)
  • U.S. Military & Government
College of Distance Education
  • The Web-Enabled Program is offered to eligible students located throughout the world. The program is closely aligned with the College of Naval Command and Staff curriculum and the Fleet Seminar Program. During this course of study, the student will submit a variety of written assignments in the form of assessments, answers to multiple choice questions, and essays. Time limits for submission of written materials are specified in individual syllabi.
  • Wherever the eligible student is located.
  • 18-24 Months
  • Web
International Maritime Staff Operators Course
  • Certificate
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The International Maritime Staff Operator Course (I-MSOC) is a twelve week course jointly designed by U.S. Naval War College (NWC) International Programs and the College of Maritime Operational Warfare, to provide international naval officers the skills needed to support the planning and execution of maritime operations and integrate with existing operational planning teams. Designed to meet the learning needs of O3-O5 (NATO OF-2 to OF-4) maritime officers with an English Comprehension Level (ECL) of 80, the course uses the U.S. Navy Maritime Operations Center (MOC) as an organizing concept, and is informed by NATO, UN joint and US Naval doctrine, with a special emphasis on the US Navy Planning Process as described in Naval Warfare Publication 5-01.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 12 Weeks
  • Classroom
Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course
  • Senior Executive Navy PME Credit
  • Senior JPME Credit
  • Flag & General Officers (O7+)
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The purpose of the flag level Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Course is to develop a network of leaders, focused on the operational level, in support of cooperation in the theater, oriented toward maritime security. It serves as a forum to develop and deepen relationships based upon trust and confidence among stakeholders/nations in the framework of regional challenges. It also helps to evolve the Combined Maritime Command and Control concepts and mechanisms, while advancing the understanding of those security issues facing participating nations.
  • Site of regional headquarters for U.S. Forces
  • 1 week
  • Classroom
Executive Level Operational Level of Warfare Course
  • Certificate
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The Executive Level Operational Level of Warfare Course (ELOC) is the second course in series of four Professional Military Education courses. ELOC focuses at the senior leadership (O6) level, this course will ensure the attendees are properly educated in and understand the intricacies of effectively participating in the decision making process and managing a Maritime Operations Center (MOC) and its resources.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1 week
  • Classroom
Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Course
  • Senior Executive Navy PME Credit
  • Senior JPME Credit
  • Flag & General Officers (O7+)
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The purpose of the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC) Flag Course is to prepare future Maritime Component Commanders to plan and execute complex maritime operations.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1 week
  • Classroom
Maritime Operational Planners Course
  • AQD
  • NEC
  • Partial JPME Phase I Credit
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The Maritime Operational Planners Course (MOPC) is an eleven week long course that develops planners capable of performing in dynamic, complex, and high-tempo maritime operational environments. The course is available to a select group of officers, O3 to O5 en-route or already assigned to a maritime headquarters. MOPC produces officers capable of forming, organizing, and leading operational planning teams and are proficient in the detailed application of the Navy Planning Process. The curriculum is based on Navy, naval, and joint doctrine as well as emerging concepts at Fleet Maritime Operations Centers (MOC) and observations from U.S. Naval War College Assist and Assess Team fleet visits.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 11 Weeks
  • Classroom
Maritime Staff Operators Course
  • AQD
  • NEC
  • Partial JPME Phase I Credit
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Enlisted (E7+)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) is the first course in series of three Professional Military Education courses. MSOC prepares officers (O5 and below) and senior enlisted personnel to effectively serve in operational staff assignments in Maritime Operations Centers (MOC), or represent maritime planning efforts while serving in other Service/Joint/Combined liaison billets. The course builds on fundamentals and culminates with practical planning and execution application using a complex, fictitious case study, including a four and a half day Battle Lab experience.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 4 Weeks
  • Classroom
Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology
  • Certificate
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS13)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS14-GS15)
  • U.S. Military & Government
College of Naval Warfare
  • Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology is a specialized elective track completed in conjunction with 10-month College of Naval Warfare and College of Naval Command and Staff curricula.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
Maritime Advanced Warfighting School
  • AQD
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies
  • College of Naval Command & Staff Diploma
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS13)
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Command and Staff
  • Maritime Advanced Warfighting School consists of the College of Naval Command & Staff core courses and expanded electives. This is augmented by a three-month planning exercise, as well as joint and interagency interface opportunities.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 13 Months
  • Classroom
M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase I Credit
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies
  • College of Naval Command & Staff Diploma
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS13)
  • U.S. Military & Government
College of Naval Command and Staff
  • The core course work for the intermediate resident program consists of three trimesters of study, plus three electives, one per each trimester. The intermediate course has one longer trimester of seventeen weeks for the study of joint maritime operations and two other eleven week trimesters. U.S. Naval War College develops the three core courses as independent courses of study to accommodate the unique system of matriculating and graduating students in November, March, and June.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
Advanced Strategist Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • JPME Phase II Credit
  • Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies
  • Master's Degree in National Security & Strategic Studies
  • College of Naval Command & Staff Diploma
  • College of Naval Warfare Diploma
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS13)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS14-GS15)
  • U.S. Military & Government
College of Naval Warfare
  • Advanced Strategist Program is a specialized elective track completed in conjunction with 10-month College of Naval Warfare and College of Naval Command and Staff curricula.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase II Credit
  • JPME Phase II Credit
  • Master's Degree in National Security & Strategic Studies
  • College of Naval Warfare Diploma
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Government Civilian (GS14-GS15)
  • U.S. Military & Government
College of Naval Warfare
  • The core course work for the senior resident programs consists of three trimesters of study, plus three electives, one per each trimester. The senior course consists of three equal trimesters of about thirteen weeks each. U.S. Naval War College develops the three core courses as independent courses of study to accommodate the senior level College of Naval Warfare’s unique system of matriculating and graduating students in November, March, and June.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
NCC Diploma for International Students
  • Naval Command College Diploma
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • International Military
Naval Command College
  • In the Naval Command College (NCC), senior international officers pursue eleven months of graduate-level study in residence. The NCC program has five major pillars: orientation, the core curriculum, electives, the Field Studies Program, and the cultural exchange. International students are fully integrated with their U.S. counterparts in the College of Naval Warfare (CNW). Although international students do not receive formal grades or a master’s degree, they participate fully in all three core courses in the CNW program. They must complete all class and seminar exercises and writing assignments, and they receive written feedback from the faculty.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1 Year
  • Classroom
Command Master Chief and Chief of the Boat Course
  • Prerequisite
  • Senior Enlisted (E7+)
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • The Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat (CMC/COB) Course is a capstone program that provides selected personnel with a 'just in time' learning experience designed to help them further develop the unique perspective and special skills needed to serve as a vital member of their command's leadership triad: Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Command Master Chief. Building on the foundation of the Navy Leadership Competency Model, the course utilizes both facilitated seminars and comprehensive group case study analysis to achieve its objective of preparing individuals for the most demanding assignments in the Navy.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 2 Weeks
  • Classroom
Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Spouse Course
  • Prerequisite
  • Not Applicable
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • The Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Spouse Leadership Course (CMCSLC) is an intense one-week course for spouses of Command Master Chiefs (CMCs), Chief of the Boat (COBs) and Command Senior Chiefs (CSCs), en route to their command. Spouses of these active duty members attending the CMC/COB course are invited to attend the CMCSLC that is designed to run in conjunction with the CMC/COB course conducted in Newport, RI. The course provides spouses with an in-depth program that enriches their knowledge of the choices and contributions they make as the senior enlisted leader’s spouse. Additionally, the course provides spouses with an awareness of leadership and management skills that can enhance positive contributions to the family, command and community environments. The course deals with some issues likely to arise in connection with the new command responsibilities, providing ideas on ways to maintain communication links among the command, families, community and service providers.
  • Newport, RI
  • 1 week
  • Classroom
Command Spouse Leadership Course
  • Prerequisite
  • Not Applicable
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • The Command Spouse Leadership Course (CSLC) is an intense one-week course for spouses of Commanding Officers en route to their first command. Spouses of officers attending the Command Leadership Course are invited to attend the CSLC; a complementary course designed to run in conjunction with the Command Leadership Course (CLC).
  • Newport, RI
  • 1 week
  • Classroom
Major Command Course
  • Prerequisite
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • Prospective Major Commanding Officers (O6) who typically have 20-25 years of commissioned service and have attended the Prospective Commanding Officer Leadership Course, en-route to their second Command tour will attend the one-week Major Command Leadership Course in Newport, RI.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1 week
  • Classroom
Prospective Commanding Officers Course
  • Prerequisite
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • Prospective Commanding Officers (who typically have 15-21 years of commissioned service): O5/O6 officers en-route to their first Command tour will attend the two-week Command Leadership Course in Newport, RI. Additionally, Surface Warfare Lieutenant commanders en-route to their initial Command-At-Sea command (e.g. MCM or LCS Rotational Crews) will also attend the Command Leadership Course in Newport, RI. Selected Reserve Officers who have screened for command and are assigned to commissioned units will mirror the active force Leadership Training Continuum requirements.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 2 Weeks
  • Classroom
Prospective Executive Officers Course
  • Prerequisite
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • Senior Officers (O5-O6)
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • The Executive Officer Leadership Course is offered to all O4/O5/O6 officers ordered to an "Executive Officer" or executive officer equivalent billet. Additionally, O3 officers ordered to an operational (deploying) command as an "Executive Officer" are also eligible to attend. Selected Reservists Officers may attend if serving in an Executive Officer, or equivalent billet, on a space-available basis. Requests for officers not strictly meeting the above requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Commanding Officer, Naval Leadership and Ethics Center.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 2 Weeks
  • Classroom
NSC Diploma for International Students
  • Naval Staff College Diploma
  • Intermediate Officers (O3-O4)
  • International Military
Naval Staff College
  • The Naval Staff College is a graduate-level curriculum that emphasizes naval planning and decision making, with particular attention to broadening the officers’ understanding of the importance and role of sea power in international affairs. It consists of three major areas of study, electives program, Field Studies Program, and country presentations.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1 Year
  • Classroom
Senior Enlisted Academy
  • Prerequisite
  • Senior Enlisted PME
  • Senior Enlisted (E7+)
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
Senior Enlisted Academy
  • The Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) provides senior enlisted leaders education in communication skills, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs, and physical fitness. The SEA is the Navy's only Professional Military Education institute for our senior enlisted force. With capacity of supporting over 1,200 students annually, it is attended by active and reserve personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps, as well as International Service partners.
  • Nine weeks Distance Learning followed by five weeks in Newport, RI
  • 12 Weeks
  • Classroom
  • Web