About Leadership in the Profession of Arms
As part of the core curriculum, students will take the Leadership in the Profession of Arms (LPA) course for one trimester. This pre-assigned core course is taken in lieu of electives and held once per trimester, depending on a student’s schedule.
The LPA course provides students with the opportunity to focus on themselves as leaders, reflect on past performance, examine personal strengths and weaknesses, develop new competencies and strengthen their personal character to enhance their ability to lead in a complex and dynamic environment.
For LPA, students in the College of Naval Warfare take Stewardship in the Profession of Arms (SPA), while students in the College of Naval Command and Staff take Foundations in the Profession of Arms (FPA).
2023-24 SPA Syllabus   2023-24 FPA Syllabus
The primary objective of the course is to provide a developmental experience through a self-learning journey that combines educational rigor and professional relevance. Focus will be on internal growth in order to be more effective leaders in future roles. The intended outcome of this course is to enhance the ability to self-assess, apply critical thinking, and the strength of character needed by leaders in the profession of arms.
Students in the College of Naval Warfare are awarded a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies degree, graduates are also eligible for JPME Phase II certification. For students in the College of Naval Command and Staff they are awarded a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies degree and are eligible for JPME Phase I certification.
Upon completion, international students in the Naval Command College will receive an NWC Diploma and selected students will be eligible to earn a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies degree. International Students in the Naval Staff College will also receive an NWC Diploma and selected students will be eligible to earn a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies degree.