About this Program
The Mahan Scholars Group at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is a collaborative student-faculty program that focuses on identifying and addressing challenges at the strategic level of war. Over the course of their time in the program, students submit at least one piece for external publication.
This 10-month specialized program of study is completed in conjunction with either the NWC U.S. resident College of Naval Warfare senior level course or the College of Naval Command and Staff intermediate-level course core curriculum. The program involves multiple writing assignments of increasing length and culminates in a faculty-mentored research paper, which matches the standard elective requirements.
This program is conducted during the elective time slot in all trimesters and is graded on a pass/fail basis with a limited opportunity for high passes. In addition to Mahan, students take all core courses.
Navy students who complete this specialized program of study are awarded an Additional Qualification Designator (AQD 275).
Interested students apply for consideration and are selected by the Mahan Scholars director based on aptitude, interest, and skillsets required by the Mahan Scholars program. There are only a selected number of graduating students each term.
For more information on the Mahan Scholars Groups, contact Mahan_Director@usnwc.edu or (401) 856-5842. Students may apply for admission to this group only during the fall trimester ARP Fair.