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.
Typically, a student will take three years to complete all core courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. Each course requires one academic year to complete and may be completed in any order. Each course requires up to 12 hours of time per week outside the classroom.
Please Note: The application period for Academic Year 2019-20 is closed, please check back April 1st to May 31st, 2020.
All Students: Important Dates
- April 1st - May 31st: New students must submit an application; continuing students must submit a course request(s) and update their personal information.
- May 31st: Applications and course requests for all students are due.
- Mid-June: Students are notified of course enrollment.
- End-of-July: NWC begins shipping course materials.
- September 2nd, 2019: Classes begin this week.
Please Note: Students who do not receive a course seat will remain under consideration for possible enrollment until the end of the add/drop period on September 12, 2019.
Course locations change each academic year, please visit the Locations & Availability page for the latest update.
FSP is an online application, to ensure you are eligible for the program please review the eligibility section.
New students must apply for course enrollment, and after their application is approved submit their course request/preferences. The application period for FSP is closed, please check back April 1st to May 31st, 2020.
- New students will be enrolled in only one core course.
- New students must submit an initial application, this is reviewed to determine eligibility.
- After the initial application review, applicants will receive an e-mail notification with instructions on how to select their core course request/preference.
Please Note: Changes to personal information provided after initial application submission may result in additional eligibility review requirements.
Continuing students must submit their course request/preferences and update their personal information during the enrollment period. A Federal Government Issued PKI token card or a Common Access Card (CAC) is required to login to the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Student Information System.
Active-duty military, Coast Guard and DoD civilian employees with CACs must use the ‘Continuing Student Records Update: via CAC’ link to submit information and request courses. Students without a PKI token or CAC must use the ‘Continuing Student Records Update: without a CAC‘ link.
Students can request to enroll in two courses (dual-enroll) their second year.
Please Note: Dual enrollment is not recommended due to the heavy academic workload and is also dependent on seat availability in that course.
Course Withdrawal and Re-enrollment
Withdrawals may be either voluntary or involuntary; students are encouraged to withdraw voluntarily when the constraints of time and circumstance prevent course completion.
A student may receive credit for work successfully completed unless a substantial revision in the interim or an extensive delay since withdrawal has happened. Prompt return of books and compliance with deadlines is essential to ensure an availability of materials for other students.
Please Note: On a case-by-case basis, students may be enrolled in the following academic year at the point they were withdrawn from a course, if they maintain eligibility.
Voluntarily Withdrawal and Re-enrollment
Requests for voluntary withdrawals can be emailed to the FSP Program Manager at Newport, Rhode Island stating the reasons for the withdrawal. These reasons are helpful in the review of administrative procedures and course content.
For students desiring to withdrawal, please email FSP@usnwc.edu.
Please Note: Such withdrawals are without prejudice.
A student who voluntarily withdraws and would like to re-enroll can email the FSP Program Manager at Newport, Rhode Island stating the reasons for the re-enrollment.
For students desiring to re-enroll, please email your reasoning to FSP@usnwc.edu.
Involuntarily Withdrawal and Re-enrollment
Involuntary withdrawals are initiated by FSP as a result of the student's failure to meet deadlines or academic standards, fulfill attendance obligations, or (on a case basis) maintain eligibility.
A student who is interested in re-enrollment and has been involuntary withdrawn must submit a handwritten letter to the Dean of College of Distance Education, U.S. Naval War College, explaining the circumstances involved.
Please Note: Each request to re-enroll will be considered on its own merits.
For students desiring to re-enroll, please email your request to FSP@usnwc.edu.