An MH-60S Sea Hawk attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1).
An MH-60S Sea Hawk attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, part of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance operability with partners, serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency and advance the Up-Gunned ESG concept. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor King/Released)

Distance Education Students

As an alternative to traveling to Newport, you can pursue your Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I from your current location. The College of Distance Education (CDE) at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) offers the same rigorous curriculum and world-class faculty online or on various bases around the United States.

About the College of Distance Education

Through CDE, officers and select government employees pursue the same caliber of courses as resident students through convenient and flexible formats. Core programming areas are strategy and war, theater security decision making, and joint maritime operations.

Available Programs

These programs were designed to fit into the geographic, time, and, sometimes, technological constraints of students unable to participate in our traditional residential program. Even if you’re stationed in a remote area with little internet access, you can complete your JPME Phase I requirements—and advance your career.

While the core and elective curriculum mirrors our prestigious resident program, the course organization and delivery varies by distance learning method:

  • Seminar-style Classes: Our Fleet Seminar Program delivers courses to students at multiple Naval bases and stations around the country. These classes include research, writing, and class discussion; meeting one evening per week for three hours, 34 times per year.
  • Classes Taken Online: The Online Program allows students take courses on a computer or mobile device from anywhere. Students will interface with the professor and each other using online discussion boards, group projects, individual essays, and other assignments.
  • Students at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS): The NWC at NPS Program allows NPS students to earn an NWC diploma at our satellite office in Monterey, California. Seminar-style classes include research, writing, and class discussions. Courses are taught by resident NWC faculty permanently assigned to the NWC-at-NPS program.

Distance education students have access to online student resources and, upon graduation, become part of the same global network of alumni.

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Core Curriculum

We provide a framework for military and civilian leaders to gain an understanding of strategy and operations, be proficient in joint matters, and comprehend all elements of national power.

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About the College of Distance Education

Our courses provide an alternative to the resident programs offered in Newport, these programs are delivered online or through faculty-led seminars on location.

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NWC at the NPS

Naval War College Monterey is a satellite office of the U.S. Naval War College, College of Distance Education located on campus at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

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