U.S. Naval War College (NWC) hosts its 2017 commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) hosts its 2017 commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The graduating class of 2017 included 423 resident students of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, federal civilian employees and 105 international students. Additionally, 1,079 students completed coursework through NWC’s College of Distance Education programs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zach Allan/Released)

College of Naval Command and Staff Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the CNC&S curriculum, you will be awarded a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase I credit. Depending on your elective track or participation in programs such as MAWS or ASP, you may also be awarded Additional Qualification Designations (AQD’s) or Subspecialty Codes (SSC’s).

The Naval War College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education 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. The college is also accredited by the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff to award JPME Phase I credit for this intermediate program.

Intermediate Level Course

The Intermediate Level Course (ILC), taught to CNC&S students addresses campaigns and war strategies, theater level leadership and decision making, and operational planning and is designed to support the following Intermediate Level PME outcomes:

  • Skilled in applying operational art (OPART) to maritime, joint, interagency, and multinational warfighting
  • Skilled in the Joint/Navy Planning Process
  • Capable of critical thought with operational perspectives
  • Prepared for operational level leadership challenges
  • Effective maritime spokespersons

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Core Curriculum

The Naval War College has three core teaching departments: Strategy and Policy, National Security Affairs, and Joint Military Operations, each with separate faculty.

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Other Academic Opportunities

Beyond our core curriculum and robust electives program we offer a variety of related academic opportunities to enhance your educational experience.

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

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