Online Program

The Naval Command and Staff online program meets the requirements for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I, service-related requirements, and desired U.S. Naval War College (NWC) program core competencies. Graduates of the online program will receive JPME-I certification only and are not eligible for the NWC master’s degree. This program can be accessed remotely from any location that has reliable internet access.

Student using a computer at the U.S. Naval War College

Course Highlights

  • Students complete this program in 41 weeks.
  • Students earn JPME Phase I credit.
  • Courses are taken on a computer or mobile device from anywhere.
  • Active Officers, Reserve Officers, and Government Civilians can apply.
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Who is Eligible

Active Officers, Reserve Officers, and defense-related Government Civilians can apply for the online program, contracted personnel are not eligible to apply.

  • Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard must be in the grade of O3 and above.
  • Active and reserve officers in other military services must be in the grade of O4 and above.
  • Defense-related federal civilians in the grade GS11 and above are eligible to apply for this program (i.e., DoD, DoS, DHS, etc.).

For more information please visit our Eligibility & Overview page.

What to Expect

Students typically complete this program in under one year.

  • Class sizes consist of 20 students.
  • Courses consist of online discussion boards, group projects, individual essays, and other assignments.
  • The program is organized into five educational blocks and all blocks must be completed in one session.

For more information please visit our Eligibility & Overview page.

How to Enroll

The program manager will review applications and determine if the student meets the eligibility requirements.

  • All students must submit an online application.
  • Any student accepted into the program will be placed onto a waitlist.
  • An email will be sent to students with an acceptance or rejection determination.

For more information please visit our Enrollment page.