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Application Inquiries

Currently, applications are being considered in order of upcoming boards or the next academic quarter.  If you have a pending deadline, add it to the 'comment' section of the application.

Login as a 'Returning Applicant' using your initial login email address (regardless of access status) to update both your login email and password.  If you don't remember what address you used, email admissions@nps.edu.

Click here for a visual aid.

You may submit up to three different applications.  For each additional program you wish to be considered for, you will need to fill out an additional application.

The majority of applicants applying to a DL certificate program are required to submit official transcripts from the institution(s) where you completed undergraduate courses.

If you are a USN Officer, you must submit transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate schools

All applicants must submit official transcripts from ALL attended undergraduate and graduate schools.

If you are a USA and USAF officer or a Federal Civilian applying to the School of International Graudate studies, you must also submit official GRE scores taken within the past 5 years.  NPS's GRE code is 4831.

Beyond your official transcripts, please go here for additional PhD admissions requirements.

Applications will not be reviewed by the department until ALL materials have been received.

No. You may periodically check on the status of your transcripts by logging back into your application. There will be a 'Y' listed next to all transcripts received.

If you have submitted additional application materials and would like to know if our office has received them, email us at admissions@nps.edu.

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APC Inquiries

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.
  • For USN officers, 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 a complete online application, additional information may be found here.
Please allow at least a month, if not longer, from the time when ALL official transcripts have been received for the Admissions office to calculate and report your APC to PERS.  You will be cc'd the results in that same email.

Navy officers should consult their detailers if the minimum APC has not been met for a particular program. 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

No. The APC is an internal tool that our office uses to evaluate applications, and it is not provided to officers outside of the U.S. Navy.  If you are found to be academically eligible, we will email you a conditional acceptance letter.  This is all you will need from us to include into your ACS packet.

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Transcript Inquiries

Transcripts must be sent directly to NPS from the school(s) attended.  Our office will accept both traditional paper transcripts as well as securely transmitted digital transcripts directly from the academic institute. 

Our mailing address is as follows:

Naval Postgraduate School
Admissions Office (Official Transcripts)
589 Dyer Road, Root Hall-100
Monterey, CA 93943-5100


Your school may submit secured electronic transcripts to admissions@nps.edu.

No. Please only send ONE official copy of your transcript per school, otherwise you will delay the processing time of your application.  

Official transcripts come directly to us from the university.  

Official paper transcripts have the institution's seal and the Registrar's signature.  They are usually printed on security transcript paper and may have a raised seal embossed on the paper.  Institutes that participate in a secure digital transcript program may also send their transcripts as portable document format files to the Admissions Office.

Unofficial transcripts do not have the characteristics of an official transcript.  Copied, faxed, and e-mail scanned transcripts from the applicant fall into this category.

U.S. students with degrees from international institutions are required to have their degrees evaluated by a service credentialed by the National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)

You will need to forward a transcript to one of the evaluating agencies. The equivalency report  MUST include the following information: Courses, Semester Units, Grades, Subtotal, Total Semester Units, and Overall Grade Point Average.

The agency will then provide NPS with an equivalency report detailing your course work from your undergraduate degree.


If your school sent your transcript via USPS, please allow 14 business days for it to arrive at our office. It may take an additional 2-3 business days for us to apply it to your application.

If your school sent your transcript via email, please allow our office 5 business days to process it and apply it to your application.

Transcript receipt information is available after logging in to your application as a 'Returning Applicant'.  Once we receive and have processed a transcript, you will see the "Tscp Rcv'd" block annotated with a 'Y.'

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General Inquiries

Please consult this page for eligibility requirements and specific information before submitting an online application.  

If you are applying for a scholarship, these are handled outside of our office.  You will need to go here for eligibility and particular information regarding the specific scholarship

In order to attend NPS as a Masters or Certificate student, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  

Applicants should possess sufficient preparatory background coursework to enable comprehension and classroom interaction with fellow students and instructors.  Key indicators of a student’s potential for academic success includes not only previous academic endeavors, but may also include recent GRE scores.

Admission requirements vary by program; however, the general standard is:

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.2 on a 4.0 system, of which 75 semester hours/112 quarter hours must be letter-graded.
  • For those programs requiring the GRE, test scores are evaluated by the applicable department.

NPS offers a vast array of master's degree programs in areas such as business, engineering, information science, defense analysis and national security affairs. NPS also offers doctoral and certificate programs.  Please review the Academic Catalog for a listing of our programs, as well as program descriptions.  

Navy Officers need to consult your detailer for available annual quotas.  Members in all other services should reach back to their specific service for available programs.  Admissions does not control or know the requirements for each service.

Though NPS does not have traditional Admissions Counselors, the Education Technicians can provide counseling in most situations.

The best method of requesting information is via email.  Provide as much pertinent information as possible. This will allow Admissions to provide you with a complete, comprehensive answer.  

Admissions personnel can be reached at: admissions@nps.edu.

GRE scores are required for anyone applying to a doctoral program

Army and USAF officers or Federal Civilians applying for a program from the School of International Graduate Studies (curriculums 681 through 693), will be required to submit a GRE.

Please use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores sent automatically to NPS.

The Participation Agreement is embedded in the online application or it can be found here.  Please be certain to email all signed PAs to admissions@nps.edu.
This indicates that the NPS Admissions Office has received your application, transcripts, and all other required documentation and has begun the formal academic review process leading to a decision regarding your eligibility.
Once the NPS Admissions Office has received all required materials, the review may take at least a month, if not longer, for an academic decision to be made.
The respective academic department will evaluate each applicant and make an admissions determination.  If you are academically qualified for a program, you will receive a conditional acceptance letter via email.  If it is determined that you are academically ineligible for a program, the admissions office will notify you via email.

Certain programs offer a refresher quarter for students who need to strengthen their math or science requirements.  If you are instructed to attend a refresher quarter, that quarter will immediately preceed the normal start of the program.  For instance, if a program normally begins in the fall, you will be required to report for the refresher quarter in the summer.  Please refer to our academic catalog for specific start dates of various programs.

Refresher quarters are NOT offered for programs falling under the School of International Graduate Studies and the School of Business.