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
Advanced Strategist Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • JPME Phase II Credit
  • Master's Degree
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Warfare
  • Advanced Strategist Program is a specialized track for students skilled in the practice of formulating, developing, and executing strategy at various leadership levels in order to fill key billets in Navy, Joint, and high-level political staffs. This course is completed in conjunction with the College of Naval Warfare and College of Naval Command and Staff curricula.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 13 Months
  • Classroom
Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course
  • Senior Executive Navy PME Credit
  • Senior JPME Credit
Flag and General Officers: O7+
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Flag Course educates students to focus on the operational level while working toward maritime security. The course serves as a forum to develop and deepen relationships based upon trust and confidence among stakeholders and 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
  • One Week
  • Classroom
Executive Level Operational Level of Warfare Course
  • Certificate
Senior Officers: 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 level; the 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 and its resources.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • One Week
  • Classroom
Fleet Seminar Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Navy Enlisted Classification
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS11, GS12, GS13, GS14, GS15
  • U.S. Military
College of Distance Education
  • Fleet Seminar Program (FSP) offers joint intermediate-level Professional Military Education through a set of three courses: Strategy & 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
  • Three Years
  • Classroom
Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology
  • Certificate
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS13, GS14, GS15
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Warfare
  • Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology is a specialized elective track for students that are looking to deepen their expertise in the ethical complexities imposed by new technology. This course is completed in conjunction with the College of Naval Warfare, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval Command College, and Naval Staff College curricula.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
Graduate Degree Program
  • Master's Degree
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS11, GS12, GS13, GS14, GS15
  • U.S. Military
College of Distance Education
  • The Graduate Degree Program (GDP) offered by College of Distance Education provides an opportunity for Fleet Seminar Program students and graduates who meet the program's eligibility requirements and are accepted into the program to earn a Master of Arts degree.
  • 19 Regional Locations
  • Three Years
  • Classroom
International Maritime Staff Operators Course
  • Certificate
Senior Officers: O5
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • International Maritime Staff Operator Course provides international students 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 maritime officers, the course uses the U.S. Navy Maritime Operations Center as an organizing concept, and is informed by NATO, UN joint and U.S. Naval doctrine, with a special emphasis on the U.S. Navy Planning Process.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 12 Weeks
  • Classroom
International Wargaming Course
  • Certificate
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • International Military
Wargaming Department
  • International Wargaming Course introduces international partners to the fundamental concepts of wargaming through the project management process and practical application. This course enables 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
  • Two Weeks
  • Classroom
Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Course
  • Senior Executive Navy PME Credit
  • Senior JPME Credit
Flag and General Officers: O7+
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • Joint Force Maritime Component Commander is the third course in a series of three Professional Military Education courses. This course is designed to prepare U.S. and International students for theater-level combat leadership and to give them a broad perspective of operational and strategic levels of war.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • One Week
  • Classroom
M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase I Credit
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Master's Degree
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS13
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Command and Staff
  • M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies for resident students is divided into trimesters with core teachings and electives. Core courses are primarily taught in seminar format but include capstone exercises, wargame participation, and writing assignments.
  • 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
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
U.S. Government Civilians: GS14, GS15
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Warfare
  • M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies for resident students is divided into trimesters with core teachings and electives. Core courses are primarily taught in seminar format but include capstone exercises, wargame participation, and writing assignments.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
Maritime Advanced Warfighting School
  • Additional Qualification Designation
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Master's Degree
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS13
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Command and Staff
  • Maritime Advanced Warfighting School is a resident program that is completed in conjunction with College of Naval Command and Staff curriculum. Objectives for this course are to develop strategic and operational leaders with the skills required to plan, execute, and assess combined, joint, and naval operations.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 13 Months
  • Classroom
Maritime Operational Planners Course
  • Additional Qualification Designation
  • Navy Enlisted Classification
  • Partial JPME Phase I Credit
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • Maritime Operational Planners Course develops planners capable of performing in dynamic, complex, and high-tempo maritime operational environments. This course produces officers that are capable of forming, organizing, and leading operational planning teams and are proficient in the detailed application of the Navy Planning Process.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 11 Weeks
  • Classroom
Maritime Staff Operators Course
  • Additional Qualification Designation
  • Navy Enlisted Classification
  • Partial JPME Phase I Credit
Senior Officers: O5
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
Junior Officers: O1, O2
Senior Enlisted: E7+
U.S. Government Civilians: GS11, GS12, GS13, GS14
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The Maritime Staff Operators Course provides resident education in the application of the Maritime Operations Center concept, organization and processes; maritime operational level of warfare concepts, terminology and processes; and the Navy Planning Process in order to produce graduates capable of immediately supporting the commander’s decision cycle at the operational level of warfare in a dynamic and complex environment.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Five Weeks
  • Classroom
NCC Diploma for International Students
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
  • International Military
Naval Command College
  • Naval Command College Diploma is a residence graduate-level study program for senior international officers. The program consists of orientation, core curriculum, electives, Field Studies Program, and the cultural exchange. International Students are fully integrated with their U.S. counterparts in the College of Naval Warfare and must complete all class, seminar exercises, and writing assignments.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 11 Months
  • Classroom
Naval Staff College Diploma
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
Naval Staff College
  • Naval Staff College Diploma (NSC) 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. students may apply to be embedded in NSC.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 11 Months
  • Classroom
Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS13
  • U.S. Military
College of Distance Education
  • Naval Postgraduate School offers students enrolled in the master’s degree program to earn a U.S. Naval War College, College of Distance Education Command and Staff diploma. The program consists of three core courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. It is designed to educate professional naval officers in areas that will enhance their performance in command and in decision-making positions on major staffs.
  • Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
  • 12 Months
  • Classroom
Web-Enabled Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS11, GS12, GS13, GS14, GS15, SES
  • U.S. Military
College of Distance Education
  • Web Enabled Program is offered to eligible students located throughout the world with internet access. During this course, the student will study Joint Maritime Operations, Strategy & War, and Theater Security and Decision Making. Class work includes a variety of written assignments in the form of assessments, answers to multiple choice questions, and essays.
  • Wherever the eligible student is located.
  • 18-24 Months
  • Web