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Preparing Leaders for Tomorrow's International Challenges

The need to keep the peace in the wake of conflict and an emphasis of sharing the burden of collective defense and security building continues to grow. Established in 2001, the School of International Graduate Studies (SIGS) is on the forefront of contributing to the advancement of building partnership capacity. SIGS offers a variety of education opportunities to U.S. and international military officers and government officials wanting to advance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet today's complex and challenging security environments.

SIGS offers in-residence Master's and Doctoral degrees to U.S. and international students in the areas of national security studies (such as civil-military relations, and stability and reconstruction) and regional studies (such as the Middle East).

SIGS specializes in global education. Our mobile education teams (METs) travel around the world helping countries to rebuild and restructure their defense policies, programs and curriculum. What makes our METs effective. The answer - our approach is different. We work hand-in-hand with countries to tailor specific programs to their needs.

Due to our global outreach efforts, NPS was designated by the United States Department of State to be the sole Partnership for Peace (PfP) Education and Training Center in the United States on May 24, 2004. NPS was selected because of its forward looking graduate education programs and experience in delivering mobile education worldwide. We take pride in our commitment to provide students with the knowledge and skills to face the challenges of not only today, but more importantly, tomorrow.

SIGS offers:

  • Master's and Doctoral degrees in security studies and regional studies at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, which are 12 to 24 months in duration.
  • Short courses on current defense topics such as combating terrorism, defense transformation, resource management, and acquisition management at NPS which are one to 11 weeks in duration.
  • One to four-week courses conducted by mobile education teams (METs) overseas and tailored to meet the needs and requirements of the host country. METs also conduct seminars in the United States to meet homeland security needs.

Students and participants are U.S. and international military officers (mid- to senior grade) from all Services, U.S. civilians from all federal agencies, and international governmental officials.


A Message from
Dean James Wirtz

Vision and Mission

In support of U.S. policy, help shape the international security environment and prepare future United States and international leaders for assignments in defense and foreign policy, international relations and security cooperation.

Provide high-quality graduate education and conduct research programs focused on international relations and regional security to meet the needs of the nation and our international partners, and to build partnership capacity.

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