Naval Staff College Diploma

International Officers in the Naval Staff College complete a robust program of academic core courses and electives, as well as professional development including a Field Studies program, country presentations, conferences, and intramural sports. Upon completion they receive a Naval War College Diploma. Beginning with the academic year 2017-2018 class, select students will be eligible to earn a Master’s of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies.
International students in class at Naval War College

General Information

Eligibility

The Naval Staff College is open to international naval officers from participating countries in the 0-4 paygrade.

Location & Duration

The eleven month program convenes every year in July at the Naval War College campus in Newport, RI.

Learning Format

Core Courses are primarily conducted in seminar format but include capstone exercises, wargame participation, and comprehensive writing assignments.

Outcome

International Officers that complete the NSC program will receive a NWC diploma and significant college credits that can be applied towards completion of a master’s degree. Beginning with the incoming class for academic year 2017-2018, qualifying international officers may pursue a master's degree at NWC as well.

Program Structure

Fall Trimester

Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) - 11 weeks

Required | Core Course
The Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) course educates intermediate military officers and U.S. government civilians in the College of Naval Command and Staff and Naval Staff College on effective decision making and leadership on security issues, focusing primarily at the theater strategic level.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Optional | Elective
The electives program, which is optional but encouraged for international officers, offers graduate level courses that expand treatment of subjects covered in the core curriculum, explore subjects not available in the core curriculum, and provide specialized areas of study for those students desiring to focus on a certain subject. Each elective meets for ten three-hour sessions. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Field Studies Program

Required | Professional Development
Field Studies Program Visits provide NSC students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics, including the U.S. governmental structure, judicial system, economic system, political party system, press and other communication media, urban issues, agriculture, and education institutions. Approximately six out-of-area trips and numerous day trips

Winter Trimester

Strategy and Warfare (S&W) - 11 weeks

Required | Core Course
The Strategy and War Course examines how the overall strategic environment shapes operational choices and outcomes. In turn, the course also examines the strategic effects of operations, exploring how battlefield outcomes can change the strategic environment.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Optional | Elective
The electives program, which is optional but encouraged for international officers, offers graduate level courses that expand treatment of subjects covered in the core curriculum, explore subjects not available in the core curriculum, and provide specialized areas of study for those students desiring to focus on a certain subject. Each elective meets for ten three-hour sessions. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Field Studies Program

Required | Professional Development
Field Studies Program Visits provide NSC students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics, including the U.S. governmental structure, judicial system, economic system, political party system, press and other communication media, urban issues, agriculture, and education institutions. Approximately six out-of-area trips and numerous day trips

Spring Trimester

Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) - 17 weeks

Required | Core Course
The Joint Maritime Operations Intermediate Level is designed to prepare mid-career U.S. and international military officers and civilians to expand critical and creative thinking and develop problem solving skills as they pertain to decision making and leadership in the maritime domain. Once grounded in operational art, students learn to balance the ways, means, ends, and risks to achieve theater-strategic, and operational objectives.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Optional | Elective
The electives program, which is optional but encouraged for international officers, offers graduate level courses that expand treatment of subjects covered in the core curriculum, explore subjects not available in the core curriculum, and provide specialized areas of study for those students desiring to focus on a certain subject. Each elective meets for ten three-hour sessions. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Field Studies Program

Required | Professional Development
Field Studies Program Visits provide NSC students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics, including the U.S. governmental structure, judicial system, economic system, political party system, press and other communication media, urban issues, agriculture, and education institutions. Approximately six out-of-area trips and numerous day trips

Ongoing

Country Presentations

Required | Professional Development
In order to broaden the knowledge of the entire class and to develop the student’s public speaking skills, each student must deliver an oral and visual presentation describing his or her country to a large audience of academics, students, and interested guests, and answer their questions.

Incoming Students

Contact Information

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Naval Staff College Curriculum

Core Teaching

The Naval War College has three core teaching departments: Strategy and Policy, National Security Affairs, and Joint Military Operations, each with separate faculty. Each department teaches one intermediate level course (ILC) and one senior level course (SLC).

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NSC Field Studies Program

Field Studies Program

The Field Studies Program is designed to meet the requirements of the Navy’s International Program Office, the Joint Security Cooperation Education and Training (JSCET) Manual and DoD Field Studies Program Guidance. This program gives the international officer a balanced understanding of the United States and an increased awareness of the basic issues of internationally recognized human rights.

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