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NSA User's Guide

The NSA User's Guide is intended to assist you in managing your course of study in NSA. It answers the questions the faculty and staff are most frequently asked and disentangles some of the puzzles that arise because of the way NPS operates.

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Nearly all information pertinent to your course of study is available on these department web pages and the online course catalogue. Students with questions should first and foremost avail themselves of these resources. For issues beyond those covered in these pages, student advising in NSA is organized in terms of functional areas. Where to go for advice depends on the nature of the question you need to ask.


This document covers the requirements for admission to NPS. 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.



Comprehensive Exams


Course Descriptions


Degree Requirements




MIIS Exchange Program

The Department of National Security Affairs and the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS) have established an exchange program that allows students at each institution to take classes at the other.


A downloadable schedule is now available for AY 2012 in Excel format. It includes all NSA courses currently planned, along with courses from other NPS departments that satisfy core or elective requirements for NSA curricula. Information about when and where classes meet is not included, since it is not available until a few weeks prior to the start of each quarter.


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