The Naval Postgraduate School offers several degree programs outlined below.

Master's Degree Programs

  • Master of Arts 
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Engineer

Master's Degree Program Admissions

NPS master’s degree programs are available to officers of all U.S. military services, civilian employees of the government, a limited number of DoD Contractors and selected international students from allied nations. A candidate entering any master's degree program must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution—or in the case of foreign students, a recognized institution. The minimum grade point average is 2.2 on a 4.0 system, of which 75 semester hours/112 quarter hours must be letter-graded. A more detailed listing of the standards for admission can be found in the academic catalog (link). Applications for a master’s degree must include the following:

  1. A completed online application form.
  2. Official transcripts from all attended undergraduate and graduate institutions. (Transcripts from NPS are not necessary.)
  3. GRE Scores, dating back to a max of 5 years, are required for USA and USAF officers or Federal Civilians applying to the School of International and Defense Studies (curriculums 681–693). Use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores sent automatically to NPS.
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English for international applicants whose native language is not English or whose primary language of instruction was not English.

Please print the confirmation page displayed upon submission of the completed application. It contains further instructions regarding transcripts. Failure to comply with the instructions will delay the processing of the application.


Typically requires one year of study beyond the master's degree

*Apart from institutional accreditation, the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Electrical, Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Doctoral Program


Who May Apply:

NPS doctoral degree programs are available to officers of most U.S. services and civilian employees of the government.  

The annual NAVADMIN and MARADMIN announces the call for Naval Officers (USN and USMC) to apply to Ph.D. programs under the annual USN PMP or Doctoral Studies Program or under the USMC Doctor of Philosophy Technical Program (PHDP-T).

International students from select allied nations applying to a doctoral degree program must click here

An individual applying for admission to a Ph.D. program must at least hold a regionally accredited bachelor's degree. Applicants for the Ph.D. in Security Studies must possess a master's degree in Security Studies or a closely related field.


Ph.D. Admissions Requirements:

  • A completed online application.
  • Official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate schools. Transcripts from NPS are not necessary.
  • GRE Scores, dating back to a max of 5 years, are required. Use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores sent automatically to NPS.
  • A letter of intent (200 words or fewer) of specific areas of interest within the proposed major field of study.
  • Two letters of recommendation regarding academic potential (three letters are required for Information Sciences (Curriculum 474).
  • A writing sample from applicants pursuing the following programs: Security Studies (Curriculum 694) and Systems Engineering (Curriculum 581).  This sample of expository writing may be a master's thesis or paper that you published in a journal or conference proceeding or some other writing example from a class or work project that you alone authored, and which best exemplifies your ability to do advanced academic work.


The letter of intent, letters of recommendation, and writing sample should all be emailed as PDF attachments to


Additional Information:

Applicants should review the NPS Academic Catalog for specific application and admission timelines pertaining to their intended Ph.D. program. In particular, applicants for the Ph.D. in Security Studies should note that although the program accepts applications for its program year-round, admissions decisions are made twice yearly: during March and in September. 

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Please visit the Distance Learning website for more information.