SFS-Stem: How to Apply

Civilian Master's Degree Scholarship SFS-STEM Option

How to Apply for the SFS-STEM Program

1. Review the SFS-STEM Application Timelines

2. Read the SFS-STEM Program Description and review the Qualifications and FAQ
You can download the STEM brochure here.

3. Review the SFS Handbook to understand your obligations pertaining to the program.

4. Follow the instructions on "Application Instructions for Scholarship for Service STEM and MONARCH Programs"

SFS STEM introduction

SFS-STEM Program Description   

SFS - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (SFS-STEM)

Enhance one's current knowledge and flourish in an environment that excels in the Information Assurance field.  Be on the cutting edge of technology and tools to secure our Nation's Infrastructure.  Reach your full potential!

The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey is proud to offer an exceptional program that enables civilians to obtain a full scholarship for a Master's Degree, receive a salary while in school, and begin a civilian career with an unlimited future. The "Scholarship for Service" program DOES NOT entail enrollment in the Military. Our students receive their Master's Degree and move on to CIVILIAN government jobs in such organizations as the CIA, FBI, NSA, and others. 

NPS's Center for Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations (C3O) is one of the world's foremost centers for cybersecurity education and research and has been key to the designation of NPS as a National Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Defense Education, a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, and a National Center of Excellence - Cyber Operations. 



  • Paid tuition at NPS for two year Master's Degree in Computer Science
  • $34,000/year stipend while enrolled in the program, plus the following additional benefits:  
    • health insurance reimbursement allowance of up to $3,000 per year
    • book allowance of up to $2,000 per year
    • professional development allowance of up to $4,000 per year.
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment
  • Opportunities for research with internationally recognized faculty experts in Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations
  • Access to SFS-specific resources for internship and job searches
  • Participate in a summer internship to gain real world experience
  • Upon graduation, start your paid CIVILIAN position as a cyber security professional in any of a number of government organizations for a minimum of two years

Students selected for this program will receive a full 2-year tuition (i.e. six to nine academic quarters) to the NPS Computer Science Program, a yearly stipend while in school, and placement in a summer internship program. After completion of the program, students will seek full-time, paid positions with the Federal Government where they will work for a minimum of two full years. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0414102.



  • Bachelor's Degree, prior to enrollment, in Computer Science or closely related field (Mathematics, Engineering, or Physics) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The selection committee is most interested in specific computer and math classes completed and might, in certain circumstances, give special consideration to other fields of study.
  • Some undergraduate courses recommended as a basis for admittance into the Scholarship for Service program are listed below. The top 5 courses are most important. Our typical SFS STEM applicant has an undergraduate degree in computer science; applications from students who have taken fewer than half of these courses will not be as competitive for the STEM category. We expect students to be proficient in a language such as C, C++, Java or Ada.
    1. Logic and Discrete Math
    2. Computer Architecture
    3. Programming
    4. Data Structures
    5. Operating Systems
    6. Networking
    7. Algorithm Analysis
    8. Automata
    9. Artificial Intelligence
SFS - Additional Information

Additional Information


various links



SFS Brochure

SFS Toolkit

Jobs after graduation

How to hire NPS SFS Graduates



ATTN: NPS Scholarship for Service
Naval Postgraduate School
1411 Cunningham Road
Dept CS, Bldg. 305, GE210
Monterey, CA 93943-5285


STEM and MONARCH Application Timeline

STEM and MONARCH Application Timelines

Timeline Application Season Application Deadline Student Notification Application Deadline Student Notification Student Reporting Date Classes Begin


Early Early Standard Standard    
MONARCH Students
July 2021
TBD 06-Jan-21 21-Jan-21 24-Jan-21 14-Feb-21 Jun-21 6-Jul-21
STEM Students
Se[ 2021
TBD 06-Jan-21 21-Jan-21 24-Jan-21 14-Feb-21 Sep-21 28-Sep-21
MONARCH Students
Jan 2021
CLOSED 21-Jul-20 26-Aug-20 18-Aug-20 2-Sep-20 30-Dec-20 4-Jan-21
STEM Students
Mar 2021
CLOSED 21-Jul-20 26-Aug-20 18-Aug-20 2-Sep-20 23-Mar-21 29-Mar-21
July 2020
CLOSED 06-Jan-20 21-Jan-20 24-Jan-20 14-Feb-19 23-Jun-20 6-Jul-20
STEM Students
Sep 2020
CLOSED 06-Jan-20 21-Jan-20 24-Jan-20 14-Feb-19 14-Sep-20 28-Sep-20

Note: GRE scores must be submitted as part of each application. Be sure to allow sufficient time to schedule an exam if you have not taken the GRE recently.