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Other Academic Opportunities

Beyond our core curriculum and robust electives program we offer a variety of related academic opportunities to enhance your educational experience. These opportunities both complement, and in some cases, are taken in lieu of core or elective offerings.

Conferences & Symposia

Our wide variety of newsworthy lectures, symposia, and conferences give students the opportunity for stimulating encounters with contemporary military, political, and cultural leaders from both the professional and academic communities.

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Individual Regional & Specialized Projects

We offer students unique opportunities to conduct advanced research projects or contribute to enhanced understanding of a geographic region through mentored, individual research. Exceptionally-qualified students may take individual research projects in place of a required elective. These full-time research programs, supervised by faculty advisors with expertise in the areas studied, involve group work, individual study, faculty collaboration, wargaming, workshops, and even research trips.

For more information please contact the Electives Office at (401) 841-3261 or

Specialized Elective Tracks

We offer specialized elective tracks for international students who have been selected for the International Master of Arts Program, these tracks run in conjunction with the Naval Staff College curricula.

Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology

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Graduate Certificate in Maritime History

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News, Media, & Events

2024 CIWAG Maritime Symposium: Exploring Our Maritime Strategies - II

Jun. 24-25, 2024
7:30 a.m.
Wyndham Hotel, 240 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, RI 02842

Yes, the Houthis Could Hit a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier with a Missile

Jun. 19, 2024
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