Applicants applying for this program must possess a Baccalaureate Degree (i.e., B.S./B.A.), preferably from a regionally accredited institution. They must be currently serving as an active duty officer, reserve officer, or defense-related federal employee. Contracted personnel are not eligible to apply.

Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) conduct an underway replenishment (UNREP) training exercise with the Indian navy oiler INS Shak ti (A 57) during exercise Malabar.
Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) conduct an underway replenishment (UNREP) training exercise with the Indian navy oiler INS Shak ti (A 57) during exercise Malabar. Malabar 2018 is the 22nd rendition of the exercise and the first time it has been hosted off the coast of Guam, designed to advance military-to-military coordination in a multinational environment between the U.S., Japan and Indian maritime forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann/Released)
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.


Students must submit an online application for the no-cost program. Once submitted, the program manager will review the application and determine if the student meets the eligibility requirements. An email will be sent to the student with an acceptance or rejection. If accepted, the student is automatically added to the waitlist.

All Students: Waitlist Priority
  • Students who have completed legacy coursework through CD-ROM, Web-enabled, Fleet Seminar Program, or U.S. Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • Unrestricted line U.S. Navy (USN) officers and equivalent U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officers
  • Active restricted line USN officers and equivalent USMC and USCG officers
  • All other new, incoming students (Reservists, Civilians, U.S. Army, or U.S. Air Force)
  • Students who have disenrolled twice from online programs after Sep 1, 2019
Apply to the Online Program

Online Electives

The U.S. Naval War College (NWC), Online Program offers online electives for students in the Graduate Degree Program (GDP). All elective work, including these NWC online electives, must be approved by the GDP Manager. Once approved, students may register for an online elective.

Please Note: Due to high demand, GDP students are given priority for online programs. It is very rare for students not enrolled in GDP to take NWC online electives.

Course Disenrollment 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.


Requests for disenrollment can be sent to the Online Program manager and the professor. Voluntary or involuntary disenrollment at any time throughout the program is “with prejudice.”

Students who have voluntarily or involuntarily disenrolled from any prior online program session will only receive one additional attempt to successfully complete the program. A second voluntary or involuntary disenrollment will result in the student being placed at the bottom of the waitlist for enrollment in a future program.

For students desiring to withdraw, please email your professor andOnlineAdmin@usnwc.edu.

Please Note: No credit will be awarded for a partially completed Block.

Credit for Coursework

Students who have successfully completed entire blocks of the program will retain credit for that work.


Students will be considered for re-enrollment on a case-by-case basis and can submit a request by email to the program manager stating the reasons for the re-enrollment and previous disenrollment(s).

For students desiring to re-enroll, please email your reasoning to OnlineAdmin@usnwc.edu.

Please Note: This program has no time limits on rejoining and retaining credit; significant changes to the curriculum may result in the student retaking a previously completed block.

Discover More on the Online Program

To find out if you are eligible to apply for the Online Program, please visit the Eligibility & Overview page for more information. Graduate Degree Program students interested in online electives, please visit the Electives & Area of Study page under Graduate Degree Program.