Students interested in applying for the Graduate Degree Program (GDP) must have at least one Fleet Seminar Program (FSP) core course completed with no course grade lower than a B-. The GDP Admissions Board meets quarterly to review applications and will notify applicants once a final decision has been made.

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Please Note: Students applying to the Graduate Degree Program must have completed one or more Fleet Seminar Program courses with no course grade lower than a B-.


Please review the eligibility section to ensure you are eligible for the program.

Applying to the Graduate Degree Program
  • Submit an online GDP application.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation using the form linked below. At least one must be from a U.S. Naval War College (NWC) faculty member. The individuals completing the recommendation letter should submit it directly to NWC. Letters have the option of being digitally signed as well as being electronically sent.
  • Request that official transcripts from each previously attended undergraduate or graduate institution be sent directly to the GDP manager. Official transcripts are acceptable as either hard copy or electronic. Unless in hard copy format and still in the sealed envelope as originally issued, transcripts that are not sent by the issuing institution (or its agent) will not be accepted.

Admissions materials, including transcripts, can be sent to GDP@usnwc.edu or:
College of Distance Education (Code 1G)
Graduate Degree Program Manager
686 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841-1207

Please Note: Incomplete application packages that have been inactive for more than eighteen months may be discarded/destroyed.
If an applicant desires to request letters of recommendation from two faculty members, they should not have been co-instructors of a course taken by the student.

Apply to GDPLetter of Recommendation

Please Note: For users receiving a 'connection is not secure' warning, please email GDP@usnwc.edu for assistance. Also, in some locations network security will interfere with progression past the first screen. Please complete at another location off the network, or on a cellular device.

Application Decision

The GDP Admissions Board meets quarterly (January, April, July, and October) to review each complete application package and make admissions recommendations to the Dean of the College of Distance Education who makes the final admissions determinations. Applicants will be notified of the of the results of this determination once that decision has been made.

Time for Completion

Students must complete all core courses and electives within a seven-year time period. Coursework for the Graduate Degree Program degree requirements cannot be more than eight years old at the time of graduation.

Any student who feels that they will be unable to complete the degree requirements within the prescribed time period due to exceptional circumstances may request a leave of absence. Students contemplating requesting a leave of absence should contact the GDP Manager at GDP@usnwc.edu, for further information.


Students will be disenrolled if they have not completed the degree requirements within seven years of enrolling in their first FSP course and have not been granted a leave of absence or contacted the GDP Manager regarding their situation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress with respect to the program’s time requirement.

Discover More on Graduate Degree Program

For more information on Electives or Areas of Study for the Graduate Degree Program (GDP), please visit the Electives & Area of Study page. If you are interested in GDP, please visit the Eligibility & Overview page for information on the program. For information on taking core courses, please visit the Fleet Seminar Program (FSP).