The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) transits the Atlantic Ocean.
The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) transits the Atlantic Ocean. Kearsarge and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) are underway in preparation for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Eduardo Jorge/Released)

Graduate Degree Program

Students that have completed one or more of the Fleet Seminar Program courses with at least a B- or better in each course, possess a baccalaureate degree, and meet other program criteria as outlined below, may apply to the Graduate Degree Program (GDP).

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The information below outlines general information as well as specific requirements and processes for the Graduate Degree Program.

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Fleet Seminar

The Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program (FSP) offers joint intermediate level PME through a set of three core courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations.

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Electives & Areas of Study

In order to meet the requirements for the awarding of the NWC master’s degree, Fleet Seminar students desiring to participate in the Graduate Degree Program must complete core and elective coursework that closely mirrors that of the Naval War College resident student body.

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Master's Degree

The Graduate Degree Program (GDP) offered by College of Distance Education provides an opportunity for students enrolled in the Fleet Seminar program to earn a Master of Arts degree. Students accepted into the GDP from the July 2015 admissions board forward will receive the M.A in Defense and Strategic Studies upon program completion.

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