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Naval War College - Nonresident Programs*

*Unlike the Coast Guard's participation with the resident programs at the Naval War College, the nonresident programs are not centrally managed by Commandant (CG-12C). Employees who are interested in the nonresident programs should contact the College of Distance Education, click HERE.


About the Course

Like the resident program, the purpose of this course is to enhance the professional capabilities of its students to make sound decisions in command, staff, and management positions in naval, joint, and combined environments. In addition, it provides them with a sound understanding of military strategy and operational art and instills in them joint attitudes and perspectives. Finally, it serves as a center for research and gaming that will develop advanced strategic, warfighting, and campaign concepts for future employment of maritime, joint, and combined forces.

The Naval War College has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) since 1 March 1984 to award the Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies to eligible resident students. Beginning in the fall of 2001, this accreditation was extended to the College of Distance Education’s (CDE) Fleet Seminar Program (FSP) in the Washington D.C. area. Today, students at all certified FSP sites have the opportunity to pursue a course of study leading to the awarding of the degree. 


A.    Eligibility. To be eligible for the Graduate Degree Program, a student must:

              1.    Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution;

              2.    Have completed one or more of the Fleet Seminar Program core courses at a
                     certified FSP site with no grade lower than a B-; and

              3.    Currently be serving as:

                     a.     an active duty or reserve officer in the grade of O-3 or above in one of the “sea
                             services” (USN, USMC, USCG),

                     b.     an active duty or reserve officer in the grade of O-4 or above in one of the “non- 
                             sea-services” (USA, USAF, National Guard, USPHS, NOAA),

                     c.     a Federal employee in the grade of GS-11 or above (or equivalent), or

                     d.     a “Congressional staffer.”

B.    Application Process. Students who meet the eligibility requirements may apply to the Graduate
        Degree Program after they have completed their first Fleet Seminar Program core course. The
        GDP Admissions Board meets quarterly (currently Jan, Apr, Jul, and Oct). To be considered by the
        Board for admission to the GDP, an applicant must:

                1.    Submit a GDP on-line application.

                2.    Submit two letters of recommendation. At least one must be from a Naval War College
                       faculty member familiar with the academic ability of the applicant. The other may be from a
                       commanding officer or senior supervisor of the applicant. Recommendation forms must be
                       submitted directly to the Naval War College by the individual completing the

                 3.   Request official transcripts be sent directly from each institution where undergraduate or
                       graduate work was previously completed to the Naval War College. 


Admissions Procedures

The Graduate Degree Program Admissions Board will review and evaluate each complete application package. The Board will meet at least quarterly and shall consist of at least three faculty members, one of which must be from the College of Distance Education and one from the resident faculty.   The Board will make a recommendation concerning admission to the GDP on each package and forward its recommendations to the Dean of Academic Affairs who will make the final admissions determination.    Applicants will then be notified as to the decision on their applications. 


Enrollment Procedures



The Seminar Program ( is offered on an academic year basis, commencing in September and ending in April (applications must be received by 14 July).

The Correspondence Program (  has flexible dates.


There is no cost to students who are selected for the program. Course materials (e.g., books) are loaned to the students by the college.

Selection Procedures

CG-12C selects candidates for nomination only; the NWC school will make final determinations for each nominated canidate.

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