Electives & Areas of Study

In order to meet the requirements for the awarding of the Naval War College (NWC) master’s degree, Fleet Seminar students desiring to participate in the Graduate Degree Program must complete core and elective coursework that closely mirrors that of the Naval War College resident student body. In all, students must complete thirty semester credit hours of coursework, twenty one from the core courses and nine from elective work. Course work applied for credit in any other degree program cannot be used to meet a requirement for this degree.

Students assigned to U.S. Naval War College (NWC) view static displays of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in Spruance Hall as part of NWC’s Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century elective course.
Students assigned to U.S. Naval War College (NWC) view static displays of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in Spruance Hall as part of NWC’s Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century elective course. Scan Eagle, Puma All Environment (AE), Wasp AE and Switchblade UAVs were on display and provided students first-hand exposure to the systems, capabilities, and applications. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)

Program Overview

In addition to the three core courses, satisfactory completion (grade of B- or higher) of the equivalent of nine semester hours of elective coursework is required. While a limited number of elective courses have historically been offered through the College of Distance Education's Web-enabled Program each year, most students enroll in and complete their elective work at other institutions. Under limited circumstances some students may be allowed to take electives offered in residence at NWC.

All elective work must be at the graduate level and administered through institutions regionally accredited to award graduate degrees. Elective courses must also be relevant to or represent advanced study in one or more of the three core course disciplines. Electives will only be approved for transfer credit if they have been determined to meet NWC’s standards for quality, academic rigor, and congruence with the overall focus of the NWC program. All electives taken by students admitted to the Graduate Degree Program after 1 September 2006, must fall under a single Area of Study (AOS).

Electives Coursework

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Electives Offered by NWC's Web-Enabled Program

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Areas of Study

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