he forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa.
The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa. Bonhomme Richard is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. 150304-N-UF697-034 BUCKNER BAY, Okinawa (March 4, 2015)

Distance Education Students

As an alternative to traveling to Newport, you can pursue your Joint Professional Military Education Phase (JPME) I from your current location. The College of Distance Education at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) offers the same rigorous curriculum and world-class faculty through web and CD-based delivery or on various bases through its Fleet Seminar Programs.

Academic & Student Expectations

NWC’s distance education 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:

  • Online students participate in cohorts of about 20, learning from NWC faculty members.
  • Students enrolled in CD-ROM programs can access their course materials 24/7; this self-paced delivery method accommodates a busy schedule, but it requires discipline.
  • Our fleet seminar students are able to take weekly evening classes at military bases around the United States. Each of the three core courses, taught by adjunct and on-campus faculty members, lasts about 34 weeks.

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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Distance Education Programs

Fleet Seminar

Naval War College’s Fleet Seminar program allows senior officers the flexibility to fulfill Joint Professional Military Education Phase I credits or earn a master’s degree at a location closer to where they live or work.

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Web-Enabled Program

Closely aligned with the College of Naval Command and Staff and our Fleet Seminars, our web-enabled program offers core and elective courses that lead to a diploma.

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CD-ROM Based Program

Our CD-ROM program was designed with independent study in mind. While it closely parallels the experience you’d receive on campus in Newport, you have the option to work at your own pace, on your own time.

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