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Application Process and Requirements

Application Process and Requirements

Application Requirements

You may submit an application to three programs at a time. If you did not receive the auto-email, your application is not submitted. At the bottom of the final application overview page, click "Submit Program Application" to submit the application and receive further instructions. Your application will also state “Submitted” on your dashboard and on the application’s overview page.

  • When submitting an application, do not apply to Defense Business Management (Curriculum 809), it is only available to NPS staff members.
  • Please add any upcoming deadlines in the Comments and Additional Information section.

 

Official Transcripts

After submitting an application, official transcripts must be ordered from all attended undergraduate and graduate institutions and delivered from the institution(s) directly to NPS Admissions. Transcripts must come directly from the institution or their designated transcript exchange service, we do not accept transcripts submitted by the applicant.

  • If you have previously applied and had transcripts delivered to our office, your transcript status will be updated on the Monday after your application submission. Please contact us if this does not happen or if there is an issue with that timing.
  • If you attended NPS, your transcripts will be added to your file. Your transcript status will be updated on the Monday after your application submission. Please contact us if this does not happen or if there is an issue with that timing.
  • If you are applying to a certificate program, only official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended are required.
  • If you are a USN officer, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended are required regardless of program type.

Transcripts must be delivered electronically to admissions@nps.edu or physically to our mailing address:

Admissions Office (Official Transcripts)
Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle, He-061A
Monterey, CA 93943-5006

Please allow 5-7 business days after electronic download or 10-14 business days after physical mail receipt to process your transcript(s) and mark it as received on your application.

 

GRE Scores

GRE Scores, dating back to a max of 5 years, are required for USA officers, USAF officers and Federal Civilians applying to the School of International and Defense Studies (curriculums 681–693). Use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores automatically sent to NPS.

 

Evaluation Process

Once all required materials are received, it will take about a month for an academic decision to be made. We will contact you about any missing documentation.

  • If you are a USN officer, it will take about a month to calculate and report your APC to PERS once all required materials are received. We will notify you when this occurs or if there is any missing documentation.

 

Conditional Acceptance Letter and Enrollment

If you are found to be academically qualified, we will email you a conditional acceptance letter. The letter has no expiration and may be used at any time. You will be enrolled without condition once NPS Admissions has received an official tuition sponsor letter.

  • USMC and USN officers will not receive a conditional acceptance letter or be notified about acceptance into a program by NPS Admissions, contact your monitor or detailer for acceptance details. However, if you are a USN medical department officer, we will send you a conditional acceptance letter.

 

PhD Applicants

If you are applying to a PhD program there are additional requirements listed here. Your application status will remain incomplete and will not be advanced for review until all admission requirements have been satisfied.

Application Requirements

You may submit an application to one program at a time. If you did not receive the auto-email, your application is not submitted. At the bottom of the final application overview page, click "Submit Program Application" to submit the application and receive further instructions. Your application will also state “Submitted” on your dashboard and on the application’s overview page.

  • You are required to include a curriculum number, academic year and quarter.
  • If you are a USMC officer and have already earned a degree from NPS, you can only apply to certificate programs.

 

Application Deadline

The deadline to submit an application is on or before the first day of instruction of the quarter immediately preceding your intended start quarter. If you do not meet this deadline, your application will be rolled over to the next available quarter.

  • If you are applying to AY22 AQ2, you must submit an application on or before the start of AY22 AQ1, which is 27 September 2021.
  • Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the start dates identified as "Instruction Begins".

 

Participation Agreement

You are required to submit a signed Participation Agreement to admissions@nps.edu. Please email this form within 3 business days of submitting your application. Your application will not be reviewed without it.

  • If you expect to be at a different command prior to or while attending, you are required to submit a Participation Agreement signed by your new command.
  • The Participation Agreement is not required if you are group endorsed.

 

Official Transcripts

After submitting an application, official transcripts must be ordered from all attended undergraduate and graduate institutions and delivered from the institution(s) directly to NPS Admissions. Transcripts must come directly from the institution or their designated transcript exchange service, we do not accept transcripts submitted by the applicant.

  • If you have previously applied and had transcripts delivered to our office, your transcript status will be updated on the Monday after your application submission. Please contact us if this does not happen or if there is an issue with that timing.
  • If you attended NPS, your transcripts will be added to your file. Your transcript status will be updated on the Monday after your application submission. Please contact us if this does not happen or if there is an issue with that timing.
  • If you are applying to a certificate program, only official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended are required.
  • If you are a USN officer, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended are required regardless of program type.

Transcripts must be delivered electronically to admissions@nps.edu or physically to our mailing address:

Admissions Office (Official Transcripts)
Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle, He-061A
Monterey, CA 93943-5006

Please allow 5-7 business days after electronic download or 10-14 business days after physical mail receipt to process your transcript(s) and mark it as received on your application.

 

Evaluation Process, Acceptance Decision and Enrollment

Once all required materials are received, we will continue with an evaluation. The evaluation timeline varies depending on your intended start date. We will contact you about any missing documentation. You will be enrolled once you are academically approved, selected and funded. An acceptance email with program details will be sent upon enrollment. DL enrollment may not occur until a month prior to the start of the program or program orientation.

 

PhD Applicants

If you are applying to a PhD program there are additional requirements listed here. Your application status will remain incomplete and will not be advanced for review until all admission requirements have been satisfied.

Academic Profile Code (APC)

Academic Profile Code (APC)

Definition

The Academic Profile Code (APC) is an internal academic index used in the initial evaluation of applicants. This is a three-digit code that is calculated by NPS Admissions. The APC summarizes pertinent portions of a student's prior academic performance. The three independent digits reflect an individual's cumulative grade-point average, exposure to and performance in mathematics courses and selected science and engineering areas.

 

Application Requirements

This section does not contain full instructions and information, please follow the resident section above regarding applying, transcripts, etc. Listed below are additional instructions and information regarding the APC.

  • All officers seeking to obtain an Academic Profile Code (APC) must submit an application.
  • Apply as a resident masters student and select "000" or "Not Sure" as the curriculum. You are required to include your designator and command.
  • If you are a distance learning applicant, you do not have to submit an additional resident application. Your APC will go through the same process.
  • If you require an APC for a lateral transfer board, please indicate this in the Comments and Additional Information section.
  • Only graded coursework taken at accredited institutions will be used in the APC calculation.
  • If you already have a degree from NPS, your APC will not be re-calculated with the NPS grades.

 

APC Calculation

It will take about a month to calculate and report your APC to PERS once all required materials are received. We will contact you when this occurs or if there is any missing documentation.

  • Once your APC has been reported, please allow 5-7 business days before it appears in Block 47 of your ODC. If Block 47 of your ODC is blank or if 565 is listed, your APC was not calculated and you must submit an application.

Consult your detailer if your APC does not meet the minimum requirement for a particular program.

  • All APC waiver requests will be handled by your detailer through the Graduate Education Placement Officer, PERS 440C.
  • While the Admissions Office does work with the Graduate Education Placement Officer on waiver requests, it is your detailer who must ultimately advocate for any waivers.