Nonresident Education Opportunities (Distance Learning)

Nonresident Education Opportunities (Distance Learning)

While courses are available to students in Monterey at its main campus, NPS Distance Learning (DL) enables students to earn certificates or degrees at locations across the nation or around the globe.

  • Mission-funded seats are available to eligible active duty naval officers (USN & USMC). Additional course fees may be required.
  • All Military and DoD/government civilians are eligible to enroll in NPS Distance Learning programs.
  • Select DoD Contractors are also eligible for enrollment in programs related to systems engineering and defense product development.
  • Research associated with graduate studies may also include classified work.
  • Although program length and costs vary, certificate programs are typically four courses (three to four credit hours each) while Master's degrees typically run 12 to 16 courses.

NPS DL Certificate Programs

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

236 – Defense Energy

265 – Modeling and Simulation Management

273 – Space Systems

274 – Anti-Submarine Warfare

282 – Systems Engineering

284 – Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems

286 – Reconfigurable Computing

287 – Digital Communications

288 – Cyber Warfare

290 – Signal Processing

291 – Electric Ship Power Systems

292 – EW (Electronic Warfare) Engineer

293 – Journeyman EW Engineer

294 – Senior EW Engineer

295 – Network Engineering

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences

128 – Artificial Intelligence for Military Use

209 – Innovation and Design

225 – Applied Cyber Operations

227 – Cyber Operations Infrastructure

240 – Healthcare Modeling & Simulation

256 – Cyber Security Fundamentals

258 – Cyber Security Defense

260 – Cyber Security Adversarial Techniques

262 – Human Systems Integration

268 – Data Science

270 – Information Systems Security Engineering

271 – Information Systems & Operations

272 – Information Systems Technology

277 – Knowledge Superiority

278 – Identity Management

281 – Systems Analysis

289 – Cost Estimating and Analysis

340 – Applied Modeling and Simulation in Healthcare

Graduate School of Defense Management

211 – Advanced Acquisition Program

212 – Acquisition Management DL Program

210 – Stability, Security and Development in Complex Operations

School of International Graduate Studies

255 – Great Power Competition

NPS DL Master's Programs

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences

327 – Cyber Systems and Operations

357 – Computing Technology

359 – Human Systems Integration

363 – Systems Analysis

379 – Cost Estimating and Analysis

376 – MS in Computer Science

377 – MA in Identity Management and Cyber Security

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

311/721 – MS in Systems Engineering

311/721 – MS in Systems Eng. Management

721 – MS in Product Development

592 – MS in Electrical Engineering

592 – MS in Computer Engineering

592 – Master of Engineering (EW, IO, SIGINT, and Cyber focus areas)

570 – Master of Engineering (ME or AE)

571 – Mechanical/Electrical Engineering for Graduates of Bettis Engineering Reactor School

572 – Mechanical Engineering for Nuclear Trained Officers

316 – MS in Space Systems Operations

535 – MS/Master of/in Engineering Acoustics

Graduate School of Defense Management

805 – Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

835 – MS in Contract Management

836 – MS in Program Management

More DL programs, modes of delivery, and tuition information can be found at

Graduate Education Advancement Center (GEAC)


The Graduate Education Advancement Center (GEAC) provides support and resources to advance the quality of education at Naval Postgraduate School. We offer Instructional, institutional, programmatic, and research support through access to our instructional designers, visual designers, videography, educational programmers, communications specialists, and programmatic support specialists.

The GEAC is your resource for support in the following areas:

Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning (TL) supports faculty across all the stages of their academic careers, Promoting Excellence in Teaching to Advance Learning (PETAL). TL provides resources that foster quality, professional development, and successful teaching— featuring a learner-centered course development process, the integration of instructional methods and assessments with educational technologies to promote knowledge integration, scholarly teaching, and enhanced teaching portfolios.

POC: Ali Rodgers, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (831) 656-7696

Learning Experiences
Learning Experiences (LE) coordinates the identification, orientation, and training for piloting educational hardware and software solutions that support NPS teaching and learning. LE supports new pedagogical strategies through the development and promotion of TLC Mini-Grant and FLEx Spaces initiatives.

POC: Nicole Lewis, Coordinator of Education Innovation
Phone: (831) 656-7547

Educational Research & Program Development
Educational Research & Program Development (ER/PD) supports the continuous improvement of NPS academic programs. ER/PD services include market research for new and existing curriculums, research and strategic communication plans for the promotion of academic programs, and effective delivery of promotions using best practices in educational outreach.

POC: Miriam Bergue Alves, Ph.D., Director of Educational Research and Program Development

Air Force Institute of Technology—Distance Learning

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the Air Force's graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. AFIT is developing distance learning programs for government students who cannot enroll in one of AFIT's resident programs. Detailed information about AFIT's nonresident programs can be found at

The Naval Postgraduate School maintains a Strategic Alliance with the Air Force Institute of Technology. A memorandum of agreement between the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of the Air Force forms this alliance to ensure the two institutions continuously work together to meet the educational needs of the Armed Forces of the United States. NPS and AFIT will continue to reflect the heritage and character of their respective services, meeting Joint and service-unique needs, minimizing unnecessary redundancy, maintaining quality and realizing efficiencies and economies of scale.