Participants converse during the Chief of Naval Operations' 23rd International Seapower Symposium (ISS) at U.S. Naval War College.
Participants converse during the Chief of Naval Operations' 23rd International Seapower Symposium (ISS) at U.S. Naval War College. More than 180 senior officers and civilians from more than 100 countries including many of the senior-most officers from those countries' navies and coast guards, are attending the biennial event Sept. 18-21. This year's theme is "Security, Order, Prosperity," and will feature guest speakers and panel discussions to explore the common security challenges of maritime nations. First held in 1969, ISS has become the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history and provides a forum for senior international leaders to create and solidify solutions to shared challenges and threats in ways that are in the interests of individual nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jess Lewis/released)

Programs Offered

The Naval War College programs are conducted as graduate courses and students must perform at that level. The style, organization, and content of student submissions should reflect generally accepted graduate-level requirements. The College employs no "school solutions," but rather emphasizes the logical application of information in support of individual analysis and problem-solving. Invariably, alternative, logical interpretations or courses of action will exist. The faculty often will comment upon these other options in analyzing student work.

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Program Outcome Rank Eligible Domestic/International College/Academy Program Description Location Duration Learning Format
Advanced Strategist Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • JPME Phase II Credit
  • Master's Degree
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Warfare
  • Advanced Strategist Program is a specialized track for students skilled in the practice of formulating, developing, and executing strategy at various leadership levels in order to fill key billets in Navy, Joint, and high-level political staffs. This course is completed in conjunction with the College of Naval Warfare and College of Naval Command and Staff curricula.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 13 Months
  • Classroom
Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course
  • Senior Executive Navy PME Credit
  • Senior JPME Credit
Flag and General Officers: O7+
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Flag Course educates students to focus on the operational level while working toward maritime security. The course serves as a forum to develop and deepen relationships based upon trust and confidence among stakeholders and nations in the framework of regional challenges. It also helps to evolve the Combined Maritime Command and Control concepts and mechanisms, while advancing the understanding of those security issues facing participating nations.
  • Site of regional headquarters for U.S. Forces
  • One Week
  • Classroom
Command Master Chief and Chief of the Boat Course
  • Prerequisite
Senior Enlisted: E7+
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • The Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat (CMC/COB) Course is a capstone program that provides selected personnel with a 'just in time' learning experience designed to help them further develop the unique perspective and special skills needed to serve as a vital member of their command's leadership triad: Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Command Master Chief. Building on the foundation of the Navy Leadership Competency Model, the course utilizes both facilitated seminars and comprehensive group case study analysis to achieve its objective of preparing individuals for the most demanding assignments in the Navy.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Two Weeks
  • Classroom
Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Spouse Course
  • Prerequisite
Not Applicable
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • The Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Spouse Leadership Course (CMCSLC) is an intense one-week course for spouses of Command Master Chiefs (CMCs), Chief of the Boat (COBs), and Command Senior Chiefs (CSCs), en route to their command. Spouses of these active duty members attending the CMC/COB course are invited to attend the CMCSLC that is designed to run in conjunction with the CMC/COB course conducted in Newport, RI. The course provides spouses with an in-depth program that enriches their knowledge of the choices and contributions they make as the senior enlisted leader’s spouse. Additionally, the course provides spouses with an awareness of leadership and management skills that can enhance positive contributions to the family, command, and community environments. The course deals with some issues likely to arise in connection with the new command responsibilities, providing ideas on ways to maintain communication links among the command, families, community, and service providers.
  • Newport, RI
  • One Week
  • Classroom
Command Spouse Leadership Course
  • Prerequisite
Not Applicable
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • The Command Spouse Leadership Course (CSLC) is an intense one-week course for spouses of Commanding Officers en route to their first command. Spouses of officers attending the Command Leadership Course are invited to attend the CSLC; a complementary course designed to run in conjunction with the Command Leadership Course (CLC).
  • Newport, RI
  • One Week
  • Classroom
Executive Level Operational Level of Warfare Course
  • Certificate
Senior Officers: O6
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The Executive Level Operational Level of Warfare Course (ELOC) is the second course in series of four Professional Military Education courses. ELOC focuses at the senior leadership level; the course will ensure the attendees are properly educated in, and understand the intricacies of, effectively participating in the decision-making process and managing a Maritime Operations Center and its resources.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • One Week
  • Classroom
Fleet Seminar Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Navy Enlisted Classification
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS11, GS12, GS13, GS14, GS15
  • U.S. Military
College of Distance Education
  • Fleet Seminar Program (FSP) offers joint intermediate-level Professional Military Education through a set of three courses: Strategy & War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. These courses are offered at multiple locations, in keeping with efforts of the Chief of Naval Personnel, to foster a deliberate and flexible learning environment. Each course normally requires one academic year to complete. An FSP academic year runs from September through the following May.
  • 19 Regional Locations
  • Three Years
  • Classroom
Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology
  • Certificate
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS13, GS14, GS15
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Warfare
  • Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology is a specialized elective track for students that are looking to deepen their expertise in the ethical complexities imposed by new technology. This course is completed in conjunction with the College of Naval Warfare, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval Command College, and Naval Staff College curricula.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
Graduate Degree Program
  • Master's Degree
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS11, GS12, GS13, GS14, GS15
  • U.S. Military
College of Distance Education
  • The Graduate Degree Program (GDP) offered by College of Distance Education provides an opportunity for Fleet Seminar Program students and graduates who meet the program's eligibility requirements and are accepted into the program to earn a Master of Arts degree.
  • 19 Regional Locations
  • Three Years
  • Classroom
Intermediate Leadership Course
  • Prerequisite
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • Our Intermediate Leadership Course (ILC) is designed to prepare officers for their role as a front-line leader at the department head level. The core curriculum supports the Chief of Naval Operations’ Navy leader development framework and includes discussion from outside subject matter experts such as Command Master Chief Petty Officers, Post-Commanding Officers and Flag Officer Capstone speakers.
  • Newport, Rhode Island
    Dam Neck, Virginia
    San Diego, California
  • One Week
  • Classroom
International Maritime Staff Operators Course
  • Certificate
Senior Officers: O5
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • International Maritime Staff Operator Course provides international students the skills needed to support the planning and execution of maritime operations and integrate with existing operational planning teams. Designed to meet the learning needs of maritime officers, the course uses the U.S. Navy Maritime Operations Center as an organizing concept, and is informed by NATO, UN joint and U.S. Naval doctrine, with a special emphasis on the U.S. Navy Planning Process.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 12 Weeks
  • Classroom
International Wargaming Course
  • Certificate
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • International Military
Wargaming Department
  • International Wargaming Course introduces international partners to the fundamental concepts of wargaming through the project management process and practical application. This course enables students to better understand how to develop their national wargaming organization to conduct research, analysis, gaming, and education.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Two Weeks
  • Classroom
Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Course
  • Senior Executive Navy PME Credit
  • Senior JPME Credit
Flag and General Officers: O7+
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • Joint Force Maritime Component Commander is the third course in a series of three Professional Military Education courses. This course is designed to prepare U.S. and International students for theater-level combat leadership and to give them a broad perspective of operational and strategic levels of war.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • One Week
  • Classroom
M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase I Credit
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Master's Degree
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS13
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Command and Staff
  • M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies for resident students is divided into trimesters with core teachings and electives. Core courses are primarily taught in seminar format but include capstone exercises, wargame participation, and writing assignments.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase II Credit
  • JPME Phase II Credit
  • Master's Degree
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
U.S. Government Civilians: GS14, GS15
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Warfare
  • M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies for resident students is divided into trimesters with core teachings and electives. Core courses are primarily taught in seminar format but include capstone exercises, wargame participation, and writing assignments.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 10 Months
  • Classroom
Major Command Course
  • Prerequisite
Senior Officers: O5, O6
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • Prospective Major Commanding Officers (O6) who typically have 20-25 years of commissioned service and have attended the Prospective Commanding Officer Leadership Course en-route to their second Command tour will attend the one-week Major Command Leadership Course in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • One Week
  • Classroom
Maritime Advanced Warfighting School
  • Additional Qualification Designation
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • Master's Degree
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS13
  • U.S. Military
College of Naval Command and Staff
  • Maritime Advanced Warfighting School is a resident program that is completed in conjunction with College of Naval Command and Staff curriculum. Objectives for this course are to develop strategic and operational leaders with the skills required to plan, execute, and assess combined, joint, and naval operations.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 13 Months
  • Classroom
Maritime Operational Planners Course
  • Additional Qualification Designation
  • Navy Enlisted Classification
  • Partial JPME Phase I Credit
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • Maritime Operational Planners Course develops planners capable of performing in dynamic, complex, and high-tempo maritime operational environments. This course produces officers that are capable of forming, organizing, and leading operational planning teams and are proficient in the detailed application of the Navy Planning Process.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 11 Weeks
  • Classroom
Maritime Staff Operators Course
  • Additional Qualification Designation
  • Navy Enlisted Classification
  • Partial JPME Phase I Credit
Senior Officers: O5
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
Junior Officers: O1, O2
Senior Enlisted: E7+
U.S. Government Civilians: GS11, GS12, GS13, GS14
  • U.S. Military
College of Maritime Operational Warfare
  • The Maritime Staff Operators Course provides resident education in the application of the Maritime Operations Center concept, organization and processes; maritime operational level of warfare concepts, terminology and processes; and the Navy Planning Process in order to produce graduates capable of immediately supporting the commander’s decision cycle at the operational level of warfare in a dynamic and complex environment.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Five Weeks
  • Classroom
NCC Diploma for International Students
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
  • International Military
Naval Command College
  • Naval Command College Diploma is a residence graduate-level study program for senior international officers. The program consists of orientation, core curriculum, electives, Field Studies Program, and the cultural exchange. International Students are fully integrated with their U.S. counterparts in the College of Naval Warfare and must complete all class, seminar exercises, and writing assignments.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 11 Months
  • Classroom
Naval Staff College
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
Naval Staff College
  • Naval Staff College Diploma (NSC) is a graduate-level curriculum that emphasizes naval planning and decision making, with particular attention to broadening the officers’ understanding of the importance and role of sea power in international affairs. It consists of three major areas of study, electives program, Field Studies Program, and country presentations. U.S. students may apply to be embedded in NSC.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 11 Months
  • Classroom
Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS13
  • U.S. Military
College of Distance Education
  • Naval Postgraduate School offers students enrolled in the master’s degree program to earn a U.S. Naval War College, College of Distance Education Command and Staff diploma. The program consists of three core courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. It is designed to educate professional naval officers in areas that will enhance their performance in command and in decision-making positions on major staffs.
  • Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
  • 12 Months
  • Classroom
Prospective Commanding Officers Course
  • Prerequisite
Senior Officers: O5, O6
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • Prospective Commanding Officers (who typically have 15-21 years of commissioned service): O5/O6 officers en-route to their first Command tour will attend the two-week Command Leadership Course in Newport, Rhode island. Additionally, Surface Warfare Lieutenant commanders en-route to their initial Command-At-Sea command (e.g., MCM or LCS Rotational Crews) will also attend the Command Leadership Course in Newport, Rhode Island. Selected Reserve Officers who have screened for command and are assigned to commissioned units will mirror the active force Leadership Training Continuum requirements.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Two Weeks
  • Classroom
Prospective Executive Officers Course
  • Prerequisite
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
  • U.S. Military
Naval Leadership and Ethics Center
  • The Executive Officer Leadership Course is offered to all O4/O5/O6 officers ordered to an "Executive Officer" or executive officer equivalent billet. Additionally, O3 officers ordered to an operational (deploying) command as an "Executive Officer" are also eligible to attend. Selected Reservists Officers may attend if serving in an Executive Officer, or equivalent billet, on a space-available basis. Requests for officers not strictly meeting the above requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Commanding Officer, Naval Leadership and Ethics Center.
  • U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Two Weeks
  • Classroom
Senior Enlisted Academy
  • Prerequisite
  • Senior Enlisted PME
Senior Enlisted: E7+
  • International Military
  • U.S. Military
Senior Enlisted Academy
  • The Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) provides senior enlisted leaders education in communication skills, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs, and physical fitness. The SEA is the Navy's only Professional Military Education institute for our senior enlisted force. With capacity of supporting over 1,200 students annually, it is attended by active and reserve personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps, as well as International Service partners.
  • Nine weeks Distance Learning followed by five weeks in Newport, RI
  • 12 Weeks
  • Classroom and Web
Web-Enabled Program
  • JPME Phase I Credit
  • U.S. Naval War College Diploma
Senior Officers: O5, O6
Intermediate Officers: O3, O4
U.S. Government Civilians: GS11, GS12, GS13, GS14, GS15, SES
  • U.S. Military
College of Distance Education
  • Web Enabled Program is offered to eligible students located throughout the world with internet access. During this course, the student will study Joint Maritime Operations, Strategy & War, and Theater Security and Decision Making. Class work includes a variety of written assignments in the form of assessments, answers to multiple choice questions, and essays.
  • Wherever the eligible student is located.
  • 18-24 Months
  • Web