Applicants applying for this program must possess a Baccalaureate Degree (i.e., B.S./B.A.). 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 coursework through the College of Distance Education Fleet Seminar Program, legacy CD-ROM and Web-enabled Programs.
  • Active Duty Navy Unrestricted Line Officers and equivalent U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officers.
  • Active Duty Navy Restricted Line Officers and equivalent USMC and USCG officers.
  • Other U.S. Military Service officers, Reservists, and eligible Civilians.
  • Any eligible applicant who already holds a JPME I certification.

Please Note: Please only submit one application to the JPME I program. The submitted application should reflect your preferred start date for the program. USNR students should only submit applications using the USNR Only choice.

Use a non-government device/network to click the below links.

PKI certificates are required to access the NWC student webpage and DoD websites. To enable a non-government computer to access official resources, please go here. You will find information to activate your CAC and access DoD websites at home and at work. If you don’t have the latest DoD root certificates installed on your computer, please update here.

If you have an issue with the links below, please go to Empower. Select the top tab "Student Applications," then select “CDE: Online JPME I Program Application." Select the USNR ONLY or if you are not USNR, select the application with your desired start date. Continue to fill out all the screens and hit the final button, “I am Finished – Submit.”

If you need assistance, contact helpdesksupport@usnwc.samanage.com.

Apply to the Online Program (September 2024 Start)
Apply to the Online Program (December 2024 Start)
Apply to the Online Program (USNR Only)

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 electives. 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 must be sent to the Online Program Manager and the Professor. Voluntary or Involuntary disenrollment at any time throughout the program is “with prejudice.” A student who has successfully completed FKC or an entire NC&S Module will retain credit for that work, however, significant curriculum changes may result in the need for a student to retake a previously completed Module.

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 and ncsonline@usnwc.edu.


Students who disenrolled twice will be considered for re-enrollment on a case-by-case basis and must submit a request by email to the Program Manager stating the solution to the circumstance(s) that caused the previous disenrollments.

For students desiring to re-enroll, please email your reasoning to ncsonline@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 module.

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.