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.
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.