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Colleges & Academies

U.S. Naval War College is home to six individual colleges, as well as specialized groups and research centers. Each of these units contributes to our mission of developing future leaders, whether through rigorous academics, practical learning experiences, or professional development opportunities.

Colleges and Academies at Naval War College

Sailors assigned to U.S. Naval War College (NWC) parade the colors during a commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
Sailors assigned to U.S. Naval War College (NWC) parade the colors during a commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The graduating class of 2017 included 423 resident students of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, federal civilian employees and 105 international students. Additionally, 1,079 students completed coursework through NWC’s College of Distance Education programs. 170616-N-WD117-088 NEWPORT, R.I. (June 16, 2017)

College Of Naval Command and Staff

The 10-month residential program offered by the College of Naval Command and Staff prepares intermediate officers from all branches of the military and their civilian counterparts for increased responsibility or promotion.

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students enter Spruance Auditorium during a graduation ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island.
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students enter Spruance Auditorium during a graduation ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island. Ninety-two students from the College of Naval Warfare and College of Naval Command and Staff were recognized for their achievements and received either a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies or Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies during the ceremony. 160301-N-PX557-045 NEWPORT, R.I. (March 1, 2016)

College Of Naval Warfare

The College of Naval Warfare prepares outstanding senior military professionals for executive-level responsibilities. Officers must be nominated to participate in this selective, 10-month residential program, which fulfills Joint Professional Military Education Phase II requirements.

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The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departs from Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island following its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine. The port visit marked Zumwalt’s first stop before the ship ultimately sails to her new homeport of San Diego. 160912-N-CS971-030 NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 12, 2016)

College of Distance Education

U.S. Naval War College offers its rigorous, executive-level programs beyond Newport. Through web- or CD-ROM- based courses or by attending fleet seminars, students can pursue a NWC diploma, Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I credits, or a master’s degree.

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College of Maritime Operational Warfare

The College of Maritime Operational Warfare provides intermediate- and senior-level leadership development and combat readiness programs. Its curriculum centers on the ever-evolving ethical and tactical challenges facing today’s naval officers.

Students of U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) 2017 graduating class participate in a commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
Students of U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) 2017 graduating class participate in a commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The graduating class of 2017 included 423 resident students of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, federal civilian employees and 105 international students. Additionally, 1,079 students completed coursework through NWC’s College of Distance Education programs. 170616-N-CV398-070 NEWPORT, R.I. (June 16, 2017)

Naval Command College

The Naval Command College, for senior international naval officers, is an 11-month program designed to build confidence and cooperation between the U.S. and navies from around the world.

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Naval Leadership and Ethics Center

NWC’s Naval Leadership and Ethics Center prepares new commanding officers and their support teams for leadership success. Training emphasizes communication and teamwork within the fleet, as well as ethics and accountability.

Combination covers representative of several international navies and coast guards sit on display at NWC's 14th Regional Alumni Symposium held at the Peruvian Naval Academy in LaPunta-Callao, Peru. The three-day event, hosted in partnership with the Peruvian Naval War College, brings together 65 NWC alumni from 21 North American, Latin American and Caribbean nations to discuss common challenges in the region.
Combination covers representative of several international navies and coast guards sit on display at NWC's 14th Regional Alumni Symposium held at the Peruvian Naval Academy in LaPunta-Callao, Peru. The three-day event, hosted in partnership with the Peruvian Naval War College, brings together 65 NWC alumni from 21 North American, Latin American and Caribbean nations to discuss common challenges in the region. 170322-N-ZD845-056, LA PUNTA-CALLAO, Peru (March 22, 2017)

Naval Staff College

The Naval Staff College provides an 11-month professional development program geared toward distinguished intermediate international officers who have completed at least eight years of service.

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Senior Enlisted Academy

The Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) is a 12-week leadership development program for active and reserve personnel from U.S. armed forces and international service partners. SEA focuses on management, leadership, national security, and physical fitness.