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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.

Special Research Programs

The Naval War College offers several special programs that provide resident students opportunities to conduct advanced research at the college. These programs provide enhanced educational experiences for select students; encourage innovative and critical thinking; contribute to the professional military and national security literature; support high-level military decision making; and have practical value in the area of building trust and confidence and leadership.

Individual Advanced Research Projects (ARPs)

The Individual ARPs allows qualified students to undertake individual research projects that substitute for single core courses.

Regional & Specialized Study Groups

The Naval War College’s seven regional studies groups have become strategic assets in the war on terrorism and in future military operations; they have also helped to support the CNO's maritime security cooperation initiatives. Students are invited to participate as their schedule permits during their academic year.

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.

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.

Symposia and Conferences

The academic life at the Naval War College is enhanced by several conferences and symposia. Some are held annually and some are less frequent. These programs afford students and faculty opportunities for stimulating encounters with contemporary military, political, and cultural leaders from both the professional and academic communities.

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Special Research Programs

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News, Media, & Events


Issues in National Security: Looking Outward to the Future

Jan. 23, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
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The Naval War College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to award qualified resident U.S. graduates of the College of Naval Command and Staff with 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. It will provide you the opportunity to meet the college leadership and learn about the academic year.

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Core Curriculum

The Naval War College (NWC) education provides a framework in which military and civilian leaders gain a profound understanding of strategy and operations, as well as the ability to think critically, deal with uncertainty and surprise, be proficient in joint matters, comprehend the security environment, and all elements of national power.

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