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Civilian Master's Degree Scholarship - STEM and Monarch Programs


The Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations (C3O) is ready to lead you on the start of your new career in the STEM or MONARCH program. The "Scholarship for Service (SFS)" program DOES NOT entail enrollment in the Military. Our students receive their Master's Degree and move on to CIVILIAN government jobs in such organizations as the CIA, FBI, NSA, and others. 

C3O is one of the world's foremost centers for information security education and research and has been key to the designation of NPS as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, and a National Center of Excellence - Cyber Operations.


  • Paid tuition at NPS for two year Master's Degree in Computer Science, emphasis in Information Assurance
  • Approximately $34,000/year salary while enrolled in the program, plus allowances for health care reimbursement (up to $3,000/year), textbooks (up to $2000/year), and professional development (up to $4,000/year).
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and the opportunity to participate in classified classes and research
  • Participate in a summer internship to gain real world experience
  • Upon graduation, start your paid CIVILIAN position as a cyber security professional in any of a number of government organizations for a minimum of two years


Qualifications for SFS

STEM Program:  This program is designed for individuals with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science or a related field, qualifying them to validate many of our program requirements.
   Click here for more information on the STEM program

MONARCH Program:  This program is designed for anyone with a Bachelors degree in any undergraduate field that have the aptitude and desire to study Computer Science.
   Click here for more information on the MONARCH program

Students selected for this program will receive a full 2-year tuition (i.e. six to nine academic quarters) to the NPS Computer Science Program, a yearly stipend while in school, and placement in a summer internship program. After completion of the program, students will seek full-time, paid positions with the Federal Government where they will work for a minimum of two full years. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0414102.


 STEM and Monarch Application Timelines 

Timeline Application 
Application Deadline 
Application Deadline 
Student Notification
Student Notification
Classes Start Start Date

Jan 2019

OPEN July 20, 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Aug 7, 2018 Aug 31, 2018  Jan 3, 2019 Jan 2019 (2019/Q2)

Sep 2018

CLOSED Dec 8, 2017 Jan 26, 2018 Jan 26, 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Sep 24, 2018 Sep 2018 (2018/Q1)


Note: GRE scores must be submiited as part of each application, so be sure to allow sufficient time to schedule an exam if you have not taken the GRE recently.

For more information: 

   Email: sfsapps@nps.edu


Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).