The NSC program has five major pillars: orientation, the core curriculum, electives, the Field Studies Program, and the cultural exchange. The outcome is an active cadre of alumni, who as senior leaders and decision makers use their understanding and personal relationships to build trust and confidence that enhances cooperation, increases access, improves interoperability, and positively influences strategic decision making throughout the world.
Outcome for Naval Staff College Students
Upon completion of this course, the President of the Naval War College will send a letter of completion to the Chief of your Navy. This end of course letter will report on your accomplishments and professional contribution to the NWC community during your year of study.
International officers may voluntarily take all exams. The faculty evaluates their academic work and provides substantive, written feedback, but does not assign grades to these products. Additionally, the Field Studies Program is designed to give a balanced understanding of the United States culture and institutions as well as American political, social, and economic life and to give an increased awareness of the basic issues of internationally recognized human rights. International officers are encouraged to participate in the electives program.
As an NSC student, you will not receive letter grades for your work. Your professional pride and commitment to your navy should provide motivation for you to study hard and share your knowledge. In doing so, you will gain the same level of understanding U.S. naval officers would acquire and still receive instruction at the unclassified level from the Naval War College’s three core teaching departments: Strategy and Policy, National Security Affairs, and Joint Military Operations. In addition to military proficiency, the Naval War College has the goal of fostering trust, cooperation and friendship among allied and friendly navies. Although grades are not assigned, your work must be at a sufficient level to maintain a satisfactory academic standing within the NSC. Professors will provide you evaluation comments, and you should expect thorough written feedback.
Furthering your education
Salve Regina University (SRU) in Newport will apply NWC academic credits toward a master of arts degree there. Additional courses can be completed either at SRU night school or via distance education. SRU will brief specifics of their program during orientation.
For those desiring to attend SRU, a total of 18 credits must be earned from NWC. Each core course is worth five credits. You will take three core courses for a total of 15 credits. There are two options to receive the other three credits:
- Enroll in one elective course each trimester to receive a total of three credits.
- Write three 5- 8 page comprehensive essays on a particular aspect of the FSP program and how it relates to something similar or different in your country. Completion of this essay will be annotated on your transcript and you will receive one credit for each paper submitted, to a maximum of three credits.
Beginning in Academic Year 2017-2018, up to ten NSC students can work towards a Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies. Contact the Naval Staff College for details of this program.