NPS offers admittance to civilians who are U.S. Citizens through several programs. These programs fall into three categories:
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Employees of DoD Contractors
- Federal Employees
Civilians are NOT eligible to apply for and pay tuition to NPS outside of these programs.
Civilian Employees of DoD Contractors
NPS accepts a limited number of employees of corporations that are contractors for the Department of Defense (DoD) in programs related to systems engineering and defense product development.
Contractor Application Process:
- Submittal of a completed online application form.
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
- Letter from employer stating its willingness to pay tuition for the program and supply salary and benefits during applicant’s time at NPS, if a resident program.
Supporting documentation should be mailed to the Admissions Office. If you have questions about available programs or admission procedures please contact us.
Federal Civilian Employees
A civilian who is an employee of, or sponsored by, an agency of the United States Federal Government may be admitted for study upon request and sponsorship of the agency.
Federal civilian employees need to apply online, with the goal of receiving a conditional acceptance letter. Applicants expecting agency sponsorship should apply at least six months prior to expected commencement of studies. A completed application should indicate the desired curriculum, degree intentions, and be accompanied by a complete set of official transcripts of all previous college work to date (degree and non-degree). GRE and scores are required for consideration for admission to any doctoral program.
The individual's employing agency is expected to meet the tuition expense for regular on-campus enrollment.
Civil or Municipal Employees
The Center for Homeland Defense and Security offers unique programs for Civil or Municipal employees.
To obtain more information about their programs, please click here.
Those interested in programs offered by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, need to contact the Center for further information.
Contact information can be found here.
Military and Civilian Staff of NPS, Tenant and Local Commands
NPS, tenant command staff and staff of local commands, such as DLI, MIIS, NOAA, and DMDC are permitted to attend classes on a "space available" basis. “Local command” is defined as located on the Monterey Peninsula. An employee of a local command may enroll in up to two classes per quarter with written approval from their supervisors and prospective academic associate. NPS employees are guided by the Civilian Academic Development Program NAVPGSCOL INSTRUCTION 12410.1A.
Most students seeking official admission into NPS require some time to establish which degrees they want to pursue. It is recommended that the student use the first two quarters (or up to four classes) to decide on a program before completing the application for admission. If the staff member has decided on a program prior to attending classes, it is highly recommended that the staff member apply online for that specific program.
In order for a degree to be granted, a student must be formally accepted and admitted to a degree program. This formal acceptance and admittance can only come from the Director of Admissions. All applications must be submitted online. Please note that even after being formally admitted, staff members are still required to register for classes through the Registrar’s office on a space available basis. The Staff/Employee Registration form can be found at the Registrar’s office and online. The forms must be submitted each quarter to the Registrar’s office during the Add/Drop period, which usually ranges from two weeks before to two weeks after the start of classes each quarter.
There is no longer a requirement to submit paperwork to the Academic Council for approval of a staff matrix. Once a student has been accepted, the Admissions Office will send an acceptance letter to the applicant and have the Registrar’s office register the student into the approved curriculum.
Graduate Education Service Obligation:
DoD Civilians: Service obligation for DoD Civilians is promulgated in 5 CFR Ch 410.309, but normally consists of a 3:1 payback and is usually specified in a Contract Service Agreement (CSA). The service obligation is computed in return for educational contact time (actual class time).