Please Note: Students are expected to keep the College of Distance Education informed of changes in the student's eligibility status, current address, phone numbers, email address, parent command, and current CO/supervisor contact information.
All applicants applying for this program must possess a Baccalaureate Degree (i.e., B.S./B.A.), preferably from a regionally accredited institution. Must be currently serving as active duty or reserve officer, federal employee, or congressional staffer. Contracted personnel are not eligible to apply.
Active and Reserve Officers
Active and reserve officers in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard must be in the grade of O3 and above to be eligible. Active and reserve officers in other military services must be in the grade of O4 and above.
Any federal civilians in the grade GS11 and above, or equivalent, are eligible to apply for FSP. Selected congressional staff members in the federal Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches are also eligible.
Course Syllabi & Format
Each academic year students will take a core course: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. Classes meet one evening per week for three hours and run from the first week in September to the third week in May, 34 times per year. These seminars are conducted at the graduate level and require appropriate initiative, research, writing, and oral commentary from each student.
Classes are taught under the direction of a U.S. Naval War College (NWC) adjunct faculty member. Occasionally, formal presentations are delivered by resident faculty members from Newport, Rhode Island and by visiting professors from colleges and universities around the world.
The NWC Fleet Seminar Program (FSP) is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and awards graduate credits for successful completion of the following FSP courses, for enrollees subsequent to 1 March 1994.
- Strategy and War: 7 Graduate Semester Hours
- Theater Security Decision Making: 7 Graduate Semester Hours
- Joint Maritime Operations: 7 Graduate Semester Hours
Students must coordinate in advance with their professor if they will miss a deadline for coursework, all delinquent work must be completed within 30 days.
Students unable to meet the deadline must request, in advance, an extension from the Dean of College of Distance Education.
A student with an 'Incomplete’ grade will not be allowed to re-enroll until the 'Incomplete' is eliminated.
If a student is unable to complete a course, they may receive credit for work that has been successfully submitted. For more information please see Course Withdrawal and Re-enrollment.
All courses require the student's presence in class, they must coordinate with the professor to make up any missed classroom instruction.
Upon the fourth absence, or when it is anticipated, the student is evaluated for continuation in the course. If allowed, the fifth absence will result in disenrollment, no exceptions.
The college provides all study materials to the student on a loan basis.
Once notified of their enrollment, a student will receive information for receipt of materials. During the course, a student will receive return labels for returning their books.
If a student fails to return materials, they will be billed for the replacements and no credit for the course will be granted until all materials have been returned or purchased.
If you wish to purchase the course materials most books are available online or at bookstores.
Please Note: Regulations preclude direct purchase of this government property from the NWC or FSP.