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.
All applicants applying for this program must:
- Possess a Baccalaureate Degree (i.e., B.S./B.A.), preferably from a regionally accredited institution.
- Be currently serving as an active duty officer, reserve officer, or defense-related federal employee. Contracted personnel are not eligible to apply.
Please Note: O2 officers, international officers, congressional staffers, retired service members, or defense contractors are not eligible to apply for this program.
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.
Defense-related federal civilians in the grade GS11 and above, are eligible to apply for the Online Program.
Classes consist of 20 students and proceed through the material in accordance with the schedule. 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 blocks. Students must be committed to completing all blocks during one session.
- Block 1: Operating within the National- and Theater-level Security Arenas
- Block 2: Fundamentals of Strategy
- Block 3: Operational Art
- Block 4: Joint Capabilities
- Block 5: Joint Planning Process
Please Note: This is not a self-paced program; students will progress through the material in accordance with the schedule.
The Online Program is offered four times per year, February, May, August, and November. Please see the link below for an upcoming program schedule.
A five-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 the core courses based on the completion year.
Please Note: The number of graduate credit hours for NC&S February 2020 and later has not been determined.
February 2020 and LaterClick to Open
Credits for February 2020 and Later
- Naval Command & Staff, credits to be determined
- Foundations of Strategy, credits to be determined
- Joint Maritime Operations (24 weeks), credits to be determined
- Operating in the National- and Theater-Level Security Arenas, credits to be determined
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 41 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.
College of Distance Education Blackboard is currently using the ‘Learn 2012 Theme’, please see the link below for supported mobile browsers once we switch to the ‘Learn 2016 Theme’.
Some books are mailed to the students but most material is available online; students should refrain from marking books that are provided.
Books must be returned using the postage pre-paid label provided by the College.
Please Note: Students must return their books to receive credit for the program.