For admission to either a degree or a non-degree program, whether on campus or by distance learning, the minimum qualification is a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree with appropriate preparation for the proposed program. Each program has its own admissions criteria. The Academic Profile Code (APC) is only one element of the admissions criteria used to evaluate applicants for admission to NPS. The school requires submission of official transcripts covering all college work (undergraduate and graduate) completed to date. It is recommended that applicants apply and submit all required materials at least six months prior to the estimated arrival date, or corresponding graduate education selection board. Any delay in the arrival of necessary documentation to include official transcripts will impede the evaluation for admissions.

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Threshold for Admission

Each curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School has a specified Academic Profile Code (APC) threshold for admission. See the Curriculum Listing in this catalog for specific APC requirements for each curriculum. Officers with deficient APCs may still qualify for entry into these curricula by completing suitable courses from any regionally accredited institution. In certain instances, NPS offers a technical refresher quarter for applicants whose APC does not qualify them for direct entry into a technical curriculum. Transcripts (not grade reports) of work done at civilian schools must be forwarded to the Director of Admissions, Naval Postgraduate School, 1 University Circle, He-022, Monterey, CA 93943, to effect an APC change. The grades in all courses completed will be used to revise an officer's APC.

Academic Profile Codes

The NPS Admissions office evaluates applicants based on three criteria. The result is the assignment of an Academic Profile Code (APC). This is a three-digit code, which summarizes pertinent portions of a student's prior college performance. The three independent digits reflect an individual's cumulative grade-point average (Quality Point Rating), exposure to and performance in calculus-related mathematics courses and exposure to and performance in selected science and engineering areas.

First Digit

The first digit indicates overall academic performance based on a recalculated* GPA from all previous college transcripts. The first digit is derived from the following table:


QPR Range












0.00 -1.89

*Failures and repeated courses are included in the GPA calculation.

Second Digit

The second digit represents mathematical background according to the following criteria:




Math Major/Minor, Quantitative Economics Degree with B or better average; math taken less than or equal to 7 years ago.


Lower Level, Upper Level, Linear Algebra with a GPA of at least a 3.5; math taken less than or equal to 5 years ago.


Lower Level, Upper Level with average between C+ and B+; math taken less than or equal to 5 years ago. No Linear Algebra.


Lower Level Calculus Sequence with a C or better; or if math taken greater than 5 years ago.


Calculus for Business/Social Sciences with a C or better. One Lower Level Calculus course with at least a C-. Two Pre-Calculus courses with a B or better.


At least one pre-Calculus with C- or better grade.


No pertinent college-level math with a grade of C- or better.

*All math courses from calculus through post-calculus are considered when evaluating the transcripts for the second digit. A minimum calculus sequence is Calculus I and II.

Third Digit

The third digit represents previous course coverage in science and technical fields according to the following criteria:


Eng/Tech GPA



3.00 - 4.00

ABET EAC accredited, BS Eng Degree (regardless of time passed)


> = 2.30

Non-ABET EAC accredited, Eng Degree (regardless of time passed)


> = 2.30

Any BS Tech degree (regardless of time passed)


> = 3.00

Completed calculus-based physics sequence with a B average or above


> = 2.00

One calculus-based physics course with at least a C


< = 1.99

No pertinent technical courses.

Eng Degrees includes: Aero/Astro, Comp/Elect, Mechanical, Materials, Marine, Naval, Ocean, Systems, Industrial, Chemical, and Bioengineering and Naval Architecture. This list is not exhaustive.

Technical degree to include: Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Physics

Eng/Tech GPA is based upon a 4.0 scale.

General Engineering and EE/ME Technology degrees are not counted as engineering degrees nor technical degrees for purposes of calculating an APC.

When calculating the APC, if the record cannot meet all the requirements to obtain Code 0 (i.e. GPA is 2.75 but all other requirements are met) the Code drops to a 1 automatically but no further.

A first digit code of 0, 1, 2 or 3 (as appropriate) will be assigned only if transcripts provided exhibit at least 75 semester-hours or 112 quarter-hours of actual graded classroom instruction. Grades of Pass/Fail, Credit/No Credit will not count toward the 75/112 hour requirement.

International Student Admission

Military officers and government civilian employees from other countries may be admitted to most curricula. The procedures for application are available from the Security Assistance Office or Defense Attaché Office of the U.S. Embassy, the MLO, MAAG, OMC, OSC, or ODC, as appropriate. Correspondence must be processed through official channels; requests from individual prospective students should not be sent directly to the School.

All candidates must satisfy the curriculum academic standards, as described in this catalog. International candidates from non-English speaking countries will also be required to validate their fluency in English through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum TOEFL score required for direct entry to NPS is 83 IBT (Internet Based Test and 560 Written Test. Candidates for PhD Programs or Accelerated Programs need to score at least 100 on the IBT. Waivers will be considered on a case by case basis for scores between 90 and 100 based on the overall application package. (For candidates applying for entry into the Department of National Security Affairs curricula 681-693, an IBT score of 90 is required.) If a candidate fails to achieve the 83 IBT or 560 Written score, but does achieve a score of 70 IBT or 523 Written or higher, he/she is eligible to attend the TOEFL Preparatory Academic Writing Course, ADVANCED LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY III, MASL P177022 (16 weeks) at the Defense Language Institute, DLIELC in San Antonio, Texas.

The only countries exempted from TOEFL testing are those countries who are exempted from all ECL testing requirements as determined by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Policy memorandum dtd August 2013 (Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tabago, and the United Kingdom). Note: Students from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Kenya, Pakistan, Sweden, and Switzerland scheduled for senior PME courses, including NPS, are also exempt from all in-country and CONUS ECL, TOEFL, and OPI testing.

When applying for a TOEFL exam, the NPS identification code is 4831. This code should be included on the registration application so a copy of the results can be sent directly to NPS. TOEFL test results are valid for two years from the test date and must be valid when the student reports to NPS. Questions regarding available programs or admission procedures should be directed to Code 940, 1 University Circle, Rm B-047, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943-5025. Telephone: (831) 656-2186 or e-mail from this website:


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