About this Program
Students engage in the study of ethics, self-awareness, critical thinking, and mental complexity to develop innovative leadership for the Navy and joint force. During the 10-month course, SLDC uses self-assessment and executive coaching to enhance cognitive readiness and prompt vertical development. The faculty measures student progress through cognitive developmental assessment.
This program is completed in conjunction with the U.S. Naval War College core curriculum. It is open to U.S. resident and international students. SLDC participants fill priority spots in high-demand leadership and ethics elective courses. They also meet as a cohort in weekly seminars to study advanced leadership concepts with College of Leadership and Ethics faculty. The program culminates in a faculty-mentored professional research paper.
Students who apply are selected by the College of Leadership and Ethics based on proven performance, desire, and the potential for promotion to senior leadership roles. A writing sample and participation in a faculty-led interview is required.
For more information on SLDC, contact SLDC_Admin@usnwc.edu or (401) 856-5643. Students may sign up for this program during the ARP fair at the beginning of the fall trimester.