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Additional Academic Opportunities

Beyond our core curriculum and robust electives program we offer a variety of related academic opportunities to enhance your educational experience. These include our Advanced Research Programs, Regional Study Groups, mentored individual research, and of course our highly regarded Advanced Strategist Program and Maritime Advanced Warfighting School. These opportunities both complement, and in some cases, are taken in lieu of core or elective offerings. Thought provoking and timely academic conferences and symposia round out your NWC educational experience.

Additional Offerings

Special Research Programs

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Individual Advanced Research Projects (ARPs)

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Regional & Specialized Study Groups

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Symposia and Conferences

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Advanced Strategist Program

The Navy has determined there is a need for officers 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. NWC is one of several professional schools or university programs designed to produce such a cadre of officers educated in the study and application of Naval Strategy.

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Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS)

The MAWS program imparts significant naval and joint operational planning knowledge to specially selected Navy and other Service officers for subsequent assignments to Numbered Fleet, Navy Component Fleet Commander, Joint Component, and Combatant Commander staffs.

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Graduate Certificate in Ethics & Emerging Military Technology

The Naval War College’s groundbreaking Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology (EEMT) is the first-ever NWC Certificate offering. The Certificate program is designed to deepen expertise in the ethical complexities imposed by new technology.

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More on College of Naval Command & Staff


Upon successful completion of the CNC&S curriculum, you will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies.

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New student orientation is a multi-day event designed to prepare you for your upcoming Naval War College experience and give you the information you need to be ready when classes begin.

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JPME Phase I & Master’s Degree

A 10-month curriculum for resident students that is divided into trimesters of three to four months and taught at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

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News, Media, & Events


Professional Military Education and the Cyber Domain Workshop

Jan. 17, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Ukraine Wants to Be Part of the West

Jan. 16, 2019
The National Interest
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