The Naval Postgraduate School

The Institution

To meet its advanced educational requirements, the Navy has a unique academic institution at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) with specially tailored academic programs and a distinctive organization tying academic disciplines to naval and joint war fighting applications.

The student body consists of officers from all branches of the U.S. uniformed services, officers and civilians from 47 other countries and civilian employees of the federal government as well as state and local governments. A limited number of defense contractors and enlisted personnel are also enrolled. Selection for graduate education at NPS is based on outstanding professional performance, promotion potential, and a strong academic background. Students receive graduate degrees as a result of successful completion of programs designed primarily to prepare them for future career assignments. Degrees are awarded on the basis of the same high academic standards that prevail at other accredited institutions.

As an academic institution, NPS emphasizes study and research programs that are relevant to the Navy's interests, as well as the interests of other branches of the Department of Defense (DoD). The programs are designed to accommodate the unique requirements of the military, defense department and other federal agencies, including requirements for Defense Acquisition Certification.


The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of commissioned officers of the Naval Service to enhance the security of the United States. In support of the foregoing, and to sustain academic excellence, foster and encourage a program of relevant and meritorious research which both supports the needs of Navy and Department of Defense while building the intellectual capital of Naval Postgraduate School faculty.



The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits the Naval Postgraduate School.


In addition to regional accreditation, the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science's Electrical, Mechanical, Systems and Astronautical Engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,

Dept of Electrical Engineering

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering

Dept of Systems Engineering

Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Distributed Learning)


The Graduate School of Business and Public Policy programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


The Master of Business Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Degrees Conferred

Meeting the highest academic standards, the curricula are tailored to address defense and national security requirements and are developed within the framework of classical academic degrees.

Master of Arts

Master of Business Administration

Master of Cost Estimating and Analysis

Master of Computing Technology

Master of Engineering

Master of Engineering Acoustics

Master of Human Systems Integration

Master of Science

Master of Systems Analysis


(Typically requires one year of study beyond the master's degree)

Doctor of Philosophy

*Apart from institutional accreditation, the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science's Electrical, Mechanical, Systems and Astronautical Engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700.


The President of the Naval Postgraduate School is the academic coordinator for all graduate education programs in the Navy. The President administers fully-funded graduate educational programs at the Naval Postgraduate School, other service graduate schools and civilian universities.



Ronald A. Route, VADM, USN (Ret.)

Provost and Academic Dean

Steven R. Lerman, Ph.D.

Chief of Staff

Anthony Parisi, CAPT, USN

Academic Administration

Dean of Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science

Clyde Scandrett, Ph.D.

Dean of Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences

Gordon McCormick, Ph.D.

Dean of School of International Graduate Studies

James Wirtz, Ph.D.

Dean of Graduate School of Business and Public Policy

William R. Gates, Ph.D.

Dean of Research

Jeffrey D. Paduan, Ph.D.

Dean of Students

Matthew Vandersluis, CAPT, USN

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

O. Douglas Moses, Ph.D.

University Librarian

Eleanor Uhlinger

Administrative Staff (Academic)

Associate Provost for Faculty Management and Administration

Paula Jordanek, CAPT, USN (Ret.)

Associate Provost for Educational Effectiveness


Director of Academic Administration and Registrar

P. Michael Andersen

Director of for Center for Educational Design, Development, and Distribution (CED3)

Tom Mastre

Director of Programs

James Walsh, CDR, USN

Director of International Programs

Alan Scott, CAPT, USN (Ret.)

Director of Admissions

Susan G. Dooley, Lt Col, USMC (Ret)

Director, Graduate Writing Center & Thesis Office

Sandra Leavitt, Ph.D.

Academic Organization

The Naval Postgraduate School has four graduate schools as well as several research and education institutes and centers. Academic departments and faculty are organized within four schools. Institutes and centers provide groups of faculty an additional structure for collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and research activities. The Naval Postgraduate School also has a number of interdisciplinary committees and groups that oversee and advise education programs.

Graduate School of Business and Public Policy

Organizations and Management Academic Area

Acquisition Management Academic Area

Financial Management Academic Area

Operations and Logistics Management Academic Area

Manpower and Economics Academic Area

Enterprise and Information Management Academic Area

Defense Resources Management Institute

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Physics Department

Applied Mathematics Department

Oceanography Department

Meteorology Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Space Systems Academic Group

Systems Engineering Department

Undersea Warfare Academic Group

Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences

Computer Science Department

Cyber Academic Group

Information Sciences Department

Operations Research Department

Defense Analysis Department

School for International Graduates Studies

National Security Affairs Department

International Graduate Programs Office

Center for Civil-Military Relations

Center for Homeland Defense and Security

Center for Contemporary Conflict

Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies

Research Institutes

In addition to the Schools, the Naval Postgraduate School includes the following research centers and interdisciplinary institutes that combine education and research.

Cebrowski Institute for Innovation and Information Superiority

In a world dominated by distributed communication networks, the Cebrowski Institute for Innovation and Information Superiority facilitates cross-discipline studies in how information processes and technologies can strengthen national security. Main areas of concentration are hastily formed networks, network centric operations, cross-sector collaborations, worldwide consortium for the grid (W2COG), mobile devices and communications, information operations, counterterrorism and irregular warfare, information assurance, information security, and the skills of innovation. The Institute operates as a federation of research centers and projects serving a community of students and faculty.

MOVES Institute

The Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation Institute is the nation's Institute for Defense Modeling and Simulation focusing on enhancing the operational effectiveness of our joint forces and our allies by providing superior training and analysis products, education, and exemplary research. The Institute manages graduate degree programs in Modeling and Simulation in support of all the services and our allies. The Institute's research focus is in the areas of combat modeling, visual simulation, training and human systems, intelligent agents, and adaptive systems.

Center for Executive Education

The Center for Executive Education (CEE) at NPS is a major component of the larger Navy Executive Development Program and is charged with preparing senior Navy leaders for positions of increased responsibility and leadership within DoD. CEE provides professional development opportunities to Navy Flags, Captains and civilian GS-15’s with an emphasis on maintaining warfighting effectiveness while optimizing resources and enhancing business discipline. All programs are designed to provide Navy leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage and lead effectively in complex organizations through the use of case studies, team exercises, practical applications, and interactive class discussions. Both standing and customized executive education courses are provided and may be delivered on campus or at the requesting command's location. Periodic standing CEE courses include: 1) five-day Flag-level Leading Innovation (LI) courses; 2) ten-day Captain/GS15-level Navy Senior Leader Seminars (NSLS); 3) three-day Flag/Captain-level Strategic Communication Workshops (SCW); and four-day Flag/Captain-level Strategic Planning, Effects, Assessments and Risk (SPEAR) workshops. CEE’s customized courses include Flag-level Tailored Support (TS) courses, senior Captain-level Executive Support Courses (ESC), and ad hoc tailored courses for specific commands requiring near-term assistance. For more information, please contact the CEE by calling (831) 656-3334 or by visiting our website.

International Graduate Programs Office

The International Graduate Programs Office is responsible for the cultural, social and academic integration of the international community. The office is charged with interacting with outside agencies, military and civilian to accomplish the goals of the Joint Security Cooperation Education and Training (JSCET) Program and the Field Studies Program (FSP). Additionally, it is responsible for the International Sponsor Program and acts as the Command Sponsor to the International Executive Committee.

Since 1954, over 5,700 International officers and government sponsored civilians from over 114 countries have graduated from NPS. Many have gone on to achieve positions of prominence within their military services, governments, and private industry. The International Program at NPS serves as an integral link in establishing the long-term military-to-military relationships between our U.S. and international officers. The International Graduate Programs Office sponsors the following courses:

IT1500 Informational Program Seminar for International Officers (4-0)

Provides international students with an awareness and functional understanding of internationally recognized human rights and the American democratic way of life. Areas of emphasis introduced during the seminar include civil-military relations, human rights, relationships in a democratic society, and a comparative look at the U.S. free enterprise system.

IT1600 Communication Skills for International Officers (3-0)

Provides the opportunity to enhance English speaking and listening skills by taking part in organized oral exercises, group discussions, and instructional briefings on a variety of subjects. The course addresses pronunciation by incorporating language software programs to improve speaking. Building reading and writing skills is part of the course but not the main focus.

IT1700 Academic Writing for International Officers (3-0)

IT1700 prepares international students for the task of writing a thesis or research paper for an American institution of higher-education. The course deals with Change Description the rhetorical styles of an academic paper and, to that end, examines appropriate organization, content, audience consideration, voice, and source citation. Students produce both in-class and out-of-class work. The course also covers strategies for thesis preparation. Analysis and discussion of sample articles and essays-by published professionals and by the class members-are important elements of the D learning experience. So is a vigorous dedication to the writing process, which includes pre-writing, writing, revision, and proofing. For these reasons, students should expect to devote to the course up to six (6) hours each week over and above the three (3) hours of class contact time.

The point of contact for requests to the International Graduate Programs office is:

Al Scott, CAPT (Ret.)

Director, International Graduate Programs Office

Commercial: (831) 656-2186

DSN 756-2186

Fax: (831) 656-3064



Dudley Knox Library contributes to learning, research and teaching, anytime and anywhere, through relevant and evolving collections, tools, services, and spaces designed for NPS patrons of today and tomorrow. The Library provides patrons in Monterey or at remote locations with: a portal to open-access and limited distribution (to SECRET) NPS-scholarly content and academic resources; a tailored mix of traditional and progressive library services delivered by friendly, knowledgeable staff and supported by intuitive, seamless technology interfaces; and physical and virtual places for individual and group study, research and learning.

The Library website is the gateway to carefully selected scholarly information such as print and electronic books and journals; academic databases; media and maps; NPS dissertations/theses/reports; faculty publications; NPS and Hotel Del Monte history; and much more. Librarians have created topical bibliographies, instructional tutorials, and research guides pertinent to the military and national defense needs of NPS faculty, students (resident and distance learners), and staff. The Library is a selective depository for government documents and information distributed through the Federal Depository Program.

Off-campus remote access to licensed e-resources is available to authorized users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patrons can also request materials from other libraries and many of these items are delivered to a website portal that is accessible 24/7.

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Information Technology and Communications Services

The ITACS (Information Technology and Communications Services) organization incorporates all communication services, telephone support, and network support into the core computing functions that have been provided by the Naval Postgraduate School since 1953. Website: