Naval War College, closer to home
Naval War College’s Fleet Seminar program allows senior officers the flexibility to fulfill Joint Professional Military Education Phase I credits or earn a master’s degree at a location closer to where they live or work. Led by adjunct and visiting NWC faculty members, our fleet seminars deliver the same quality content as found on our main campus.
About Fleet Seminar
Fleet seminars deliver our graduate-level coursework in three core areas:
- Theater Security Decision Making - 7 credits
- Strategy & War - 7 credits
- Joint Maritime Operations - 7 credits
Students typically take one course per academic year, and can complete the entire program in about three years.
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Fleet Seminar courses run from September through May. Classes, usually limited to about 18 students, meet for three hours in the evening 34 times during the year. Additionally, students can expect to spend six to 12 hours outside of the classroom on writing assignments.
Fleet Seminars are cost-free to students, and NWC also loans all required course materials to participating students.
Fleet Seminar students who have completed the program are invited to Newport, Rhode Island, for graduation, as well as for the Current Strategy Forum, held during commencement week.
Fleet Seminar courses are open to:
- active and reserve officers in the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) in the grade of O-3 and above
- active and reserve officers in other military services at grade O-4 and above
- select staff members of the federal, executive, and judiciary branches
- CNO-CMCs are also eligible for enrollment
All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably from a regionally accredited institution. For more information please visit College of Distance Education.Visit College of Distance Education
You can apply online for the Fleet Seminar Program. The application process includes several steps, including verifying eligibility and indicating course preferences.
The application period typically opens in April of each year and closes in early June. Enrollment selection notifications are sent in July, and classes begin in September.
Locations and program availability changes from year to year, but typically classes are offered at nearly two dozen bases, from D.C. to Pearl Harbor.View Current Schedule