Naval Staff College Diploma

International officers in the Naval Staff College (NSC) complete a robust program of academic core courses and electives, as well as professional development including a Field Studies Program and country presentations. Upon completion they receive a U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Diploma. Selected students will be eligible to earn a Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies.
International students in class at Naval War College

General Information

Eligibility

NSC is open to U.S. and international military officers from participating countries in the O3, O4, and O5 pay grades.

Location & Duration

The 11-month curriculum for resident students is divided into trimesters and is taught at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

Learning Format

Core Courses are primarily seminar format but include the field studies program, capstone exercises, and comprehensive writing assignments.

Outcome

Upon completion, international officers receive an NWC Diploma. Selected students will be eligible to earn a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies degree.

Program Structure

Ongoing

Field Studies Program

Required | Core Course
The Field Studies Program provides students with an understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics. These field studies include approximately six out-of-area trips and numerous day trips.

Country Presentations

Optional | Elective
Each student must deliver an oral and visual presentation describing their country to a large audience of academics, students, and interested guests. This will broaden the knowledge of the entire class and develop the student’s public speaking skills.

Once Per Academic Year

Leadership in the Profession of Arms

Required | Core Course
This course allows students to recognize their impact on those they lead and enhance their thinking and ethical decision-making for their future leadership roles. It is taken in lieu of a single trimester elective course once per academic year and is assigned depending on a student's schedule.

Fall Trimester

Theater Security Decision Making

Required | Core Course
The Theater Security Decision Making course educates students on effective decision-making and leadership, focusing primarily at the theater strategic level.

Student Selected Elective

Optional | Elective
The elective program, optional but encouraged, offers graduate level courses that provide specialized areas of study. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Winter Trimester

Strategy and Warfare

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

Student Selected Elective

Optional | Elective
The elective program, optional but encouraged, offers graduate level courses that provide specialized areas of study. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Spring Trimester

Joint Maritime Operations

Required | Core Course
The Joint Maritime Operations course prepares students on critical and creative problem-solving skills that pertain to decision-making and leadership in the maritime domain.

Student Selected Elective

Optional | Elective
The elective program, optional but encouraged, offers graduate level courses that provide specialized areas of study. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Incoming Students

Contact Information

Naval Staff College

More Information

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Field Studies Program

The Field Studies Program (FSP) is a series of multi-day and single-day field trips designed to provide students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics.

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Welcoming All Students

NSC is a graduate level professional development program designed for midcareer officers representing navies from around the world. We welcome a small group of U.S. resident officers to join the 11-month program, those interested in the program can reach us through the content information.