Students who have a superior academic record may request entrance into the doctoral program. All applicants will be screened by the departmental doctoral committee for admission into the program. The department also accepts officer students selected in the Navy-wide doctoral study program, qualified international officers, and civilian students selected from the employees of the United States Federal Government.
An applicant to the doctoral program who is not already at NPS should submit transcripts of previous academic and professional work, plus results of a current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (if available), to the Director of Admissions, Code 01C3, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California 93943-5100.
Every applicant who is accepted for the doctoral program will initially be enrolled in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Program under a special option which satisfies the broad departmental requirements for the Engineer's degree, which includes research work. As soon as feasible, the student must identify a faculty advisor to supervise research and to help formulate a plan for advanced study. As early as practicable thereafter, a doctoral committee shall be appointed to oversee that student's individual doctoral program as provided in the school-wide requirements for the doctor's degree. Joint programs with other departments are possible.
A noteworthy feature of the program leading to the Doctor of Engineering degree is that the student's research may be conducted away from the Naval Postgraduate School in a cooperating laboratory or other installations of the Federal Government. The degree requirements are as outlined in the general school requirements for the doctor's degree (see Academic Policy manual, Section 5.4).