Please Note: Students interested in the master’s degree through the Graduate Degree Program must complete all coursework through the Fleet Seminar Program; credit from the online program cannot be transferred.
Officers in grade O2 and below, International Officers, Defense contractors, Congressional Staff, and retired military personnel are not eligible to apply. All eligible applicants applying for this program must:
- Possess a Baccalaureate Degree (i.e., B.S./B.A.)
- Be currently serving as an active duty officer, reserve officer, or defense-related federal employee.
- Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard must be grade of O3 and above.
- Active and Reserve officers in other military services must be grade of O4 and above.
- Defense-related federal civilians in the DoD, DoS, DHS, and the National Intelligence Community must be grade GS11 above.
Classes consist of 17-20 students and proceed through the material in accordance with the schedule. This asynchronous course is not self-paced. Students will interface with the professor and each other using online discussion boards, group projects, individual essays, and other assignments.
The Naval Command and Staff (NC&S) online program is organized into five educational modules. Students must be committed to completing all modules during one session.
- Module 1: Fundamentals of Strategy
- Module 2: The Security Environment
- Module 3: Operational Art
- Module 4: Joint Capabilities
- Module 5: Joint Planning Process
The Online Program is offered four times per year, March, June, September, and December. Please see the link below for an upcoming program schedule.
A six-week Foundational Knowledge Course (FKC) will help students become familiar with Blackboard, the Learning Management System, and give them the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in NC&S.
This pre-requisite is waived if the student has completed a core JPME-I course (Joint Maritime Operations, Strategy & War, or Theater Security Decision Making) through a previous online version, CD-ROM, Fleet Seminar Program, or NWC-at-Naval Postgraduate School course.
Graduate Credit for Courses
U.S. Naval War College awards graduate credits for the successful completion of courses based on the completion year.
February 2020 to September 2023Click to Open
Credits for February 2020 to September 2023
Naval Command & Staff, seven (7) credits (Please see breakdown below)
- Block 1: Operating in the National-and Theater-Level Security Arenas, two (2) credits
- Block 2: Foundations of Strategy, one (1) credit
- Block 3: Operational Art, one (1) credit
- Block 4: Joint Capabilities, one (1) credit
- Block 5: Joint Planning Process, two (2) credits
October 1997 to May 2020Click to Open
Credits for October 1997 to May 2020
- Strategy and War, four (4) credits
- Theater Security Decision Making, four (4) credits
- Joint Maritime Operations (34 weeks), four (4) credits
Students can submit work before the due date each week and are not required to log in at a specific time. The average workload is 8-10 hours per week for 46 weeks. Please see the link below for credit on prior coursework.
For minimum and recommended computer requirements on taking courses via the online program please see link below. Please note that NMCI does NOT currently support the use of NWC Blackboard on their network. It is strongly recommended that you use a non-government computer and network to access your course materials.
College of Distance Education Blackboard is currently using the Ultra based format and Learn 2016 Theme. Please see the link below for supported mobile browsers.