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Graduate Education


The Surface Warfare Community is committed to providing you a fully funded Master's Degree through one of our many popular programs. 

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Federal Executive Fellowship, SECDEF Corporate Fellowship, and Legislative Fellowship information is available on the NPC Education Placement page, PERS-440.


Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

You must apply to NPS online--see the "APC Calculation" link below.

If you change your curriculum desire after initial application, you must go back into your Admissions profile and select the new curriculum.

Due to significant demand for NPS, PERS-41 will continue quota competitions to ensure the most qualified officers are assigned to these high-demand programs.  Applicants will be selected for participation via a semi-annual screening process similar in nature to promotion boards, with reviews of the officer's qualifications, FITREPs, and NPS-calculated Academic Profile Code (APC).  The officer's APC must meet the curriculum minimum, or an approved waiver must already be granted, in order to be considered by the board.

Technical Curricula: The biggest sticking point here is your APC--once you have your APC calculated, view the NPS SWO Curricula link below to see which curricula requirements you meet. 

APC Calculation    

     You will not be assigned any NPS quota until your APC is calculated and
     forwarded to NPC by NPS Admissions.
     **APC Waiver:  We can request a waiver (PERS-412 via NPS Placement)
     if your APC does not meet the curriculum requirement.  Approval rests solely
     with NPS Admissions, and often comes with the requirement to attend a
     refresher quarter prior to curriculum start.  This may impact your
     PRD/Availability date (how much earlier we need to get you a qualified relief, or
     the need for your to extend onboard for a couple of months); be prepared to
     discuss a PRD adjustment with your chain-of-command and your Detailer.

NPS SWO Curricula    

     The SWO community does not hold quotas in every curriculum offered at NPS.
     This link has the current curricula available to SWOs, to include the required
     APC and start dates.

NPS Homepage

NPS Distance Learning

  NPS also provides distance learning programs that allow students to pursue higher level education outside the classroom.  If you are interested in obtaining more information on these programs please visit the distance learning homepage (hyperlink above) or contact NPS.

NPS Master of Systems Analysis (MSA)  The MSA program is specially tailored for students whose career milestones and requirements will not allow them to pursue full-time graduate education.  The MSA is a 24-month, part-time Master's Degree program delivered through a blend of distance learning methods.  Students take two courses a quarter for eight consecutive quarters: one using web-based instruction (ONLINE) and the other using video tele-education (VTE).  The web-based courses are paced week to week while providing students the flexibility to complete assignments at any point throughout the week.  The MSA curriculum begins in the spring and fall quarters.  Part way through the program, students are awarded the Certificate in Systems Analysis and, upon completion, receive a Master of System's Analysis degree.  In addition, graduates will be awarded the 3201P (Operations Research Analysis) subspecialty code.


Purdue Military Research (PMRI)

Provides a fully funded PhD or MS degree by Tuition Scholarships at Purdue's Graduate School.  The program allows 10 graduate tuition scholarships annually for officers entering in-residence graduate programs.


USNA LEAD Program (Company Officer Program)

Historically, PERS-412 has 5-7 billets annually for Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) program. One year is spent earning a professional MBA via distance learning from NPS. Following the academic portion, two years are spent as a Company Officer. Nominations are given off the Talent Management board every August for the following year’s program. DHRB is required for officers in this program.


USNA Graduate Education Plus Teaching Program (GE+T)

The GE+T Program provides approximately 12 months of graduate education at either a selected civilian institution in the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC area or the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), directly followed by a two-academic-year teaching assignment at USNA as an officer-instructor, resulting in a maximum 36-month combined tour. USNA GE+T offers both technical and non-technical degree programs. Nominations are given off the Talent Management board every August for the following year's program starting in June. DHRB is required for officers in this program.


Graduate Education Voucher (GEV)

 This voucher pays up to $20,000 per year for a maximum of two years for graduate school tuition, books, and most fees. The voucher can be used at any university of the officer's choice with approval of the curriculum from NPS. The curriculum must also meet the requirements set forth by Commander, Naval Education and Training.

      GEV Homepage (Navy College) may assist in providing information on the subspecialty for a pre-screen of degree plan meeting the quota requirement prior to selection.


Tuition Assistance Program  Navy College

The Navy's financial assistance program provides active duty personnel and some reserve personnel on active duty a percentage of the tuition costs for courses taken in an off-duty status at an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical institution.

Olmsted Program

Allows officers to study at an overseas university funded by the Olmsted Foundation.  Navy-wide selection board held each October. 


The Pol-Mil Masters Program is a mix of one and two-year programs at Harvard, Stanford, Tufts, Georgetown, or Johns Hopkins. A Navy-wide selection board is held each October.  Officers must be accepted to one of the approved schools.


Naval War College

The Naval War College Intermediate course of instruction is designed for Officers in the grade of LCDR or CDR.  PERS-412 does not have discrete quotes for LTs to attend NWC.  However, if we are short a LCDR/CDR for a quota, we have been able to place LTs into open quotas with a rank waiver approved by PERS-4.  THIS OPTION IS EXTREMELY LIMITED and Junior Officers must be highly competitive to receive a rank waiver. Classes convene in February, August and November of each year.  In 12 months, these LTs earn an accredited Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies along with JPME Phase 1. All interested officers must posses strong operational backgrounds to ensure they are capable of interacting in a classroom environment with senior officers.


Doctoral Studies Program

There are no discrete SWO quotas for doctoral studies.  Every year there is one URL quota to perform doctoral studies at NPS in the Political Strategy and Intelligence subspecialty.

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