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Eligibility and General Information:

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Officers

You must be an active duty officer in the United States Navy. Selection for the Navy's fully funded graduate education program is based on outstanding professional performance, promotion potential and a strong academic background. Officers interested in this program should contact their detailer(s) to determine professional qualification status and quota availability.

 

NPS has a very limited authority to enroll Selected Reservist/Individual Ready Reservist (SELRES/IRR) service members.

  • NPS does not offer enrollment into single courses to earn reserve retirement points.

  • COMNAVRESFOR has implemented a small program for the EMBA degree in the School of Business. Contact COMNAVRESFOR for additional information.

  • NPS does not have the authority to enroll activated SELRES/IRR without coordination with COMNAVRESFOR for selection, tuition, and service obligation terms.

  • SELRES/IRR Naval Officers that are also federal employees or DoD Contractors can apply to NPS but must apply solely as the primary employee type (civil service/contractor).

  • An application that is completed based partially or entirely on the status of a SELRES/IRR will not be processed.

 

If you are a medical department officer and seeking a conditional letter of acceptance and APC calculation for your DUINS board, please submit an application and official transcripts. 

 

The APC (Academic Profile Code) is an academic index used to assess your ability to succeed at the Naval Postgraduate School.  The first digit accounts for your overall GPA based upon all schools attended; the second digit factors in any college level math or above courses; and the third digit reflects how well you may be able to succeed in a technical program.  It takes into account any calculus-based physics courses, and, for engineering majors, your engineering courses.  

  • Much like golf, the lower the score the better.
  • Only graded coursework taken at regionally accredited institutions will be used in the APC calculation.
  • Each digit of the APC can be waived.  For further information on how to do this, consult your detailer after your APC has been calculated.

 

All officers seeking to obtain an Academic Profile Code (APC) MUST submit an online application.

  • You may select '000' or 'Not Sure' for the curriculum number when completing the application.

  • In Step 1 of 5 of the application process, you will be asked to identify the APC Request Type.  You may select 'Initial APC Calculation' or 'Update Existing APC' or 'N/A'.

  • If you require an APC for a lateral transfer board, be sure to indicate this in the 'comments' section of the application.

  • Include your designator and command, otherwise your application will not advance.

  • If you have already received a degree from NPS, your APC will not be re-calculated with the grades you received while earning the degree at NPS.

 

Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate programs. Failure to do so will delay the review.

  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.

  • If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly. 

  • Once we receive all required materials, it will take about a month for our office to calculate and report your APC to PERS.  You will be emailed the results as well. 

 

Once your APC has been reported, allow some time before it appears in block 47 of your ODC.

  • If Block 47 on your ODC is blank, apply online for an APC.

  • If Block 47 has a 565 in it, apply online for an updated APC.

  • If Block 47 has a 555 in it, provide your Joint Services Transcript (JST) and request an APC recalculation.  Email the complete JST transcript to admissions@nps.edu.

 

If your APC does not meet the minimum requirement for a particular program consult your detailer.

  • All APC waiver requests will be handled by your detailer through the Graduate Education Placement Officer, PERS 440B.

  • While the Admissions Office does work with the Graduate Education Placement Officer on waiver requests, ultimately it is your detailer who must advocate for any waivers.

 

If you are applying to a Regional Certificate program you must submit an online application AND official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs.  

 

If you are applying to a DISTANCE LEARNING program:

  • Applications must be submitted on or before the first day of instruction of the quarter immediately preceding your intended start date. For instance, if you are applying to AY17 Quarter 2, you must submit an application on or before 26 September 16.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar for dates identified as "Instruction Begins". 

  • You may apply to no more than ONE program at a time.

  • When submitting an application you must include a curriculum number, academic year, and quarter.  Your application cannot move forward without this information.

  • Your application must also include a signed Participation Agreement.  Please email completed forms to admissions@nps.edu.

 

USN officers interested in applying to a PhD program at NPS may only do so annually through the PMP Board and Doctoral Studies Board. 

  • Please consult the annual NAVADMIN announcement for available programs and eligibility requirements.            
  • If youare eligible to apply, in addition to submitting a completed application package to PERS, you must also apply for admission at NPS.  
  • PhD admissions requirements may be found here.  Please note, your application will not be advanced for review until all admission requirements have been satisfied.

 

When you receive orders to NPS, please provide a copy of them to admissions@nps.edu so you can be enrolled as soon as possible.

 

Graduate Education Service obligation applies to all Navy-funded education, regardless of whether the degree is obtained in-residence or through Distance LearningConsult OPNAVINST 1520.23C for complete details before applying.

The Marine Corps selects students to attend graduate education through the Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB) and the Commandant’s Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB). The boards are announced by an annual MARADMIN.

 

Resident NPS opportunities for Marine Corps officers fall under two categories:

  • Special Education Program (SEP) -- candidates should refer to MCO 1520.9G

  • International Affairs Officer Program (RAO/FAO track) -- applicants should refer to MCO 1520.11E

 

The POC for the CPIB and CLLEB boards is MMOA-3.

 

All officers must complete the online application to NPS to determine academic eligibility as well as complying with the HQMC requirements per the MARADMIN.

  • Be certain to provide official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. Failure to do so will delay the review.

  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  

  • If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

Application for Ph.D. programs will not be accepted for Marine Corps officers unless quotas are promulgated in the annual MARADMIN.

 

The Marine Corps has initiated a Distance Learning Panel to select students for several distance learning programs that can fill specific Marine Corps educational needs.

  • A MARADMIN is released annually with the degrees/certificates available for the following fiscal year.  Please consult it for when you may apply to the Distance Learning program.

  • Applications submitted outside this time frame will not be considered.

  • Those that have already earned a degree from NPS can only apply for certificate programs

  • Be certain to provide official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. Failure to do so will delay the review.

  • The average time it takes to receive and processs a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  

  • If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

  • Your application must also include a signed Participation Agreement.  Please email completed forms to admissions@nps.edu

 

Graduate Education Service Obligation is determined and tracked by individual's service. 

Army officers applying to Resident degree programs must do so with the goal of receiving a conditional acceptance letter from NPS. The purpose is to prescreen the officer prior to applying to any of the Army's graduate education programs to include Army Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) and the Graduate School Option (GRADSO).

 

  • Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate programs. Failure to do so will delay the review.

  • When submitting an online application you must include a curriculum number, otherwise your application will not be considered.  

  • Please note, you cannot apply to curriculum 809:Defense Business Management.  It is only available to NPS staff members. 

  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  

  • If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

  • Once all required materials are received, it will take a month, if not longer, for an academic decision to be made.

  • If you are found to be academically qualified for a program, a conditional letter of acceptance will be emailed to you.

 

Officers in the Army Reserves are eligible to apply only if your reserve command agrees to fund your education at NPS.

 

GRE Scores are required for Army officers applying to the School of International Graduate Studies or to any doctoral degree program. 

  • Only scores taken within five years of the date of application will be considered. 

  • Use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores sent automatically to NPS.

 

If you are interested in applying to a PhD program there are additional items beyond your transcripts that must be submitted. All of these are explained here.  Please note, your application will not be advanced for review until all admission requirements have been satisfied.

 

If you have previously applied to NPS and have received a conditional letter of acceptance, then you will not need a new (i.e. current year) conditional letter of acceptance for that same program.  The conditional letter of acceptance has no expiration date and may be used at any time.

 

DA Form 2125 is NOT required for your ACS package to the board for NPS attendence.

 

Graduate Education Service Obligation is determined and tracked by individual's service

Selection for the Air Force's fully funded graduate education program (assigned to AFIT as a full-time student wherein all tuition costs are paid by the Air Force) is based upon professional performance, promotion potential and academic background.

  • Interested Air Force officers must contact their assignment team at Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) to determine professional qualification status and potential AFIT-sponsored graduate education opportunities available in their career fields.

  • Air Force officers wishing to apply for an AFIT-sponsored graduate program must make their desires known to AFPC and follow AFPC application procedures.

 

Air Force officers need to apply online to NPS, with the goal of receiving a conditional acceptance letter.  The purpose is to prescreen the officer prior to applying to AFPC.  

  • Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate programs. Failure to do so will delay the review.

  • When submitting an application you must include a curriculum number, otherwise your application will not be considered.  

  • Please note, you cannot apply to curriculum 809:Defense Business Management.  It is only available to NPS staff members. 

  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

  • Once all required materials are received, it will take a month, if not longer, for an academic decision to be made.

  • If you are found to be academically qualified, a conditional letter of acceptance will be emailed to you.

  • Officers should submit a copy of their NPS conditional acceptance letter along with their AF Form 3849 to AFPC and maintain a copy in their personal records for future use if selected.

 

GRE Scores are required for Air Force officers applying to the School of International Graduate Studies or to any doctoral program. 

  • Scores taken within five years of the date of application will only be considered. 

  • Use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores sent automatically to NPS.

 

If you are applying to a Regional Certificate program you must submit an online application AND official transcripts from the institution where you received your Bachelor's degree.

 

If you are interested in applying to a PhD program there are additional items beyond your transcripts that are required. All of these are explained here.  Please note, your application will not be advanced for review until all admission requirements have been satisfied.

 

If you have previously applied to NPS and have received a conditional letter of acceptance, then you will not need a new (i.e. current year) conditional letter of acceptance for that same program.  The conditional letter of acceptance has no expiration date and may be used at any time.

 

Graduate Education Service Obligation is determined and tracked by individual's service

Each year, the USCG requests program managers to nominate officers for graduate education. If you are interested, read the Education and Training Manual on the USCG intranet and speak with your program manager. All interested personnel are encouraged to be academically pre-screened by applying online.

 

U.S. Coast Guard officers need to apply online to NPS in order to receive a conditional acceptance letter for the purpose of pre-screening eligibility.

  • Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate programs. Failure to do so will delay the review.

  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

  • Once all required materials are received, it will take a month, if not longer, for an academic decision to be made. 

  • If you are found to be academically qualified, a conditional letter of acceptance will be emailed to you.

 

Graduate Education Service Obligation is determined and tracked by individual's service.

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Enlisted

There are very few opportunities for enlisted service members to be enrolled into NPS. NPS does not have the authority to grant degrees to anyone not covered by a specific program.

 

Enlisted USN service members interested in a RESIDENT degree program may only do so through the following programs:

  • Annual NAVADMIN for the resident  Masters Applied Cyber Operations (N2/N6 sponsored)
  • Annual NAVADMIN for the resident MS in Defense Analysis (NSFW sponsored)

 

If you are eligible to apply to these two programs, you must submit an NPS online application during the specified timetable in the NAVADMIN.

  • Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate programs. Failure to do so will delay the review.

  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

  • If you are found to be academically qualified for a program, a conditional letter of acceptance will be emailed to you.

 

DISTANCE LEARNING certificate programs are only open to enlisted members on a SPACE AVAILABLE basis.  

  • You must at least have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school.
  • You may only apply to ONE program at a time.
  • Be certain to include transcripts from ALL undergraduate programs. Failure to do so may delay the review.
  • You must also be considered academically qualified for the program.  
  • Please consult the DL website for specific program eligibility requirements.

 

Graduate Education Service obligation applies to all Navy-funded education, regardless of whether the degree is obtained in-residence or through distributed learningConsult OPNAVINST 1520.23C for complete details before applying.

There are very few opportunities for enlisted service members to be enrolled into NPS. NPS does not have the authority to grant degrees to anyone not covered by a specific program.

 

USMC enlisted members may only apply to DISTANCE LEARNING certificate programs. 

  • Consult the anual MARADMIN for when you may submit an NPS online application.  
  • Applications outside of the selected timeframe will NOT be considered.
  • Certificate programs are offered to enlisted members on a space available basis.
  • You must at least have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school.
  • Be certain to include transcripts from ALL undergraduate programs. Failure to do so may delay the review.
  • You must be academically qualified for the program.  

 

Graduate Education Service Obligation is determined and tracked by the individual's service.

There are very few opportunities for enlisted service members to be enrolled into NPS. NPS does not have the authority to grant degrees to anyone not covered by a specific program.

 

Special Operations senior enlisted may apply to the MS in Defense Analysis degree for the selection panel run by the USAJFKSWCS. 

  • Defense Analysis is an 18 month Resident degree program.

  • The Special Operations/Irregular Warfare Program focuses on counterinsurgency, terrorism and counterterrorism, unconventional warfare, information operations, and other "high leverage" operations in U.S. defense and foreign policy.

  • The core program also provides a strong background in strategic analysis, decision modeling, organization theory, and formal analytical method.

  • More information on NPS’s Defense Analysis Special Operations Curriculum can be found here: NPS’s Defense Analysis Special Operations Curriculum.

 

You will need to submit an NPS online application in order to be academically screened for the program.

  • You must at least possess a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited school.

  • Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate programs. Failure to do so will delay the review.

  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

  • The academic review will take about a month from when all transcripts have been received.

  • If you are found to be academically qualified for a program, a conditional letter of acceptance will be emailed to you.

 

Graduate Education Service Obligation is determined and tracked by the individual's service.

There are very few opportunities for enlisted service members to be enrolled into NPS. NPS does not have the authority to grant degrees to anyone not covered by a specific program.

 

The USAF currently only sends enlisted members from the Office of Special Investiagations as resident students to study curriculum 815: Acquisitions and Contract Management. 

  • Members are selected by the OSI community.  
  • Interested individuals should speak with their leadership and career field managers about potential NPS opportunities before applying.

 

Graduate Education Service Obligation is determined and tracked by the individual's service.

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International Applicants

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Civilians

A civilian who is an employee of, or sponsored by, an agency of the United States Federal Government may be admitted for study upon sponsorship of the agency and academic eligibility.  

 

If you are a Federal civilian employee interested in a RESIDENT degree program submit an online application with the goal of receiving a conditional acceptance letter.  

  • Applicants expecting agency sponsorship should apply at least six months prior to the anticipated start of the program.  
  • When submitting an application you must include a curriculum number, otherwise your application will NOT be considered.  
  • Official transcripts from ALL undergraduate/graduate programs should be submitted.  Failure to do so will delay the processing time.
  • GRE Scores are required for those civilians applying to the School of International Graduate Studies or to any doctoral program. Only scores taken within the past five years of the date of application will be considered.  Use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores sent automatically to NPS.

  • If you are interested in applying to a PhD program, there are additional items beyond your transcripts that are required. PhD admissions requirements may be found here.  Please note, your application will not be advanced for review until all admission requirements have been satisfied.

  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

  • Once all required materials are received, it will take a month, if not longer, for an academic decision to be made.

  • If you are found to be academically qualified, a conditional letter of acceptance will be emailed to you.

 

If you are a Federal Civilian interested in a DISTANCE LEARNING program:

  • Online applications must be submitted on or before the first day of instruction of the quarter immediately preceding your intended start date. For instance, if you are applying to AY17 Quarter 2, you must submit an application on or before 26 September 16.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar for dates identified as "Instruction Begins". 
  • You may apply to no more than ONE program at a time.
  • When submitting an application you must include a curriculum number, academic year, and quarter.  Your application will NOT move forward without this information. 
  • If you are applying to a DL certificate program we only require official transcripts from the institution(s) where you completed undergraduate courses.
  • Official transcripts from ALL undergraduate/graduate programs should be submitted for all other degree programs.  Failure to do so will delay the processing time.
  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.
  • GRE Scores are required for those civilians applying to the 581: Systems Engineering doctoral program. Only scores taken within the past five years of the date of application will be considered.  Use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores sent automatically to NPS.
  • If you are interested in applying to the 581 PhD PROGRAM, there are additional items beyond your transcripts that are required. PhD admissions requirements may be found here.  Please note, your application will not be advanced for review until all admission requirements have been satisfied.
  • You must submit a signed Participation Agreement to admissions@nps.edu.
  • Be certain to complete the TUITION POC Information located in the online application.
  • You will be enrolled once you are academically approved, selected, and funded. 
  • An acceptance email with program details will be sent upon enrollment.
  • DL enrollment may not occur until a month prior to the start of the program or program orientation.

NPS accepts a very limited number of employees of corporations that are contractors for the Department of Defense (DoD) in academic programs related to systems engineering, systems analysis, and defense product development.  Only applicants from those companies that are vetted directly through the Admissions office will be eligible to apply.  

 

You may only apply to certain CERTIFICATE and MASTER degree programs.  If you have any questions please contact us at admissions@nps.edu.

 

If you are a contractor interested in a Resident degree program:

  • Applicants expecting Company sponsorship should apply at least six months prior to the anticipated start of the program.  
  • When submitting an application you must include a curriculum number, otherwise your application will not be considered.
  • Official transcripts from ALL undergraduate/graduate programs should be submitted directly to the Admissions Office.  Failure to do so will delay the processing time. 
  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.

  • Once all required materials are received, it will take a month, if not longer, for an academic decision to be made.

  • If you are found to be academically qualified, a conditional letter of acceptance will be emailed to you.

 

If you are a DoD contractor interested in a DISTANCE LEARNING degree program:

  • Applications must be submitted on or before the first day of instruction of the quarter immediately preceding your intended start date. For instance, if you are applying to AY17 Quarter 2, you must submit an application on or before 26 September 16.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar for dates identified as "Instruction Begins". 
  • You may apply to no more than ONE program at a time.
  • When submitting an application you must include a curriculum number, academic year, and quarter.  Your application cannot move forward without this information. 
  • If you are applying to a DL certificate program we only require official transcripts from the institution(s) where you completed undergraduate courses.
  • Official transcripts from ALL undergraduate/graduate programs should be submitted for all other degree programs.  Failure to do so will delay the processing time.
  • The average time it takes to receive and process a transcript is 10-14 business days from the date ordered.  If there is any missing documentation, Admissions will contact you directly.
  • You must submit a signed Participation Agreement to admissions@nps.edu.
  • Be certain to complete the TUITION POC Information located in the online application.
  • You will be enrolled once you are academically approved, selected, and funded. 
  • An acceptance email with program details will be sent upon enrollment.
  • DL enrollment may not occur until a month prior to the start of the program or program orientation.

NPS Federal Employees are permitted to attend classes for credit on a "space available" basis.  Please refer to NGPSINST 12410.1A for guidance.

 

Most employees require some time to establish which degree program they wish to pursue.  It is recommended you take classes for two quarters before deciding on a program.

  • Staff members are required to register for classes through the Registrar’s office on a space available basis. The Staff/Employee Registration form can be found at the Registrar’s office and online.  
  • The forms must be submitted each quarter to the Registrar’s office during the Add/Drop period, which usually ranges from two weeks before to two weeks after the start of classes each quarter. For specific start dates, refer to the academic calendar. 

 

Once you have selected a program, applying to NPS is a three step process:  

  • You must submit a completed online application, including the curriculum number of the program you are pursuing.
  • You are required to submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and/or graduate schools you have attended.
  • You must also complete the Staff Admissions Form, and email the signed package to our office at admissions@nps.edu.
  • All three steps must be completed before the academic department will review your application. 

 

If you are applying to a Doctoral Program, there are additional materials beyond your transcripts that are also required before the academic department will review your application.

 

After all admissions requirements have been satisfied and the department has reviewed your application, and it has been determined that you are academically qualified for the program, the Admissions Office will email you and coordinate curriculum enrollment with the Registrar's office. 

  • You must continue to submit the Staff/Employee Registration form to the Registrar's office until the completion of your degree.

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