Quick Facts

The School

The Naval Postgraduate School provides defense-focused graduate education, including classified studies and interdisciplinary research, to advance the operational effectiveness, technological leadership and warfighting advantage of the Naval service.

The Campus

Located in Monterey, California on the Pacific Ocean, 120 miles south of San Francisco, the Naval Postgraduate School campus covers 627 acres of land. The site, home to NPS since 1951, houses state-of-the-art laboratories, numerous academic buildings, an award-winning library, government housing and impressive recreational facilities.

The Students

The student body consists of officers from all branches of the U.S. uniformed services, civilian employees of the federal, state and local governments, as well as officers and civilians from many foreign countries. A limited number of defense contractors and enlisted personnel are also enrolled. Selection for graduate education at NPS is based upon outstanding professional performance, promotion potential, and a strong academic background.

The Faculty

Drawn from a broad array of educational institutions, the faculty represent a prestigious collection of scholars, the majority of whom are civilians. Faculty interaction with students is high and every class is taught directly by a faculty member. All tenure and tenure-track faculty hold a doctoral degree. Other faculty are credentialed experts in their fields of study.

The Degrees

The Naval Postgraduate School confers the following advanced degrees: Masters Degree, Master of Arts Degree, Master of Science Degree, Engineer's Degree, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Engineering.

For more information on admission, contact:

Naval Postgraduate School

Admissions Office

1 University Circle, He-022

Monterey, CA 93943

Telephone: (831) 656-3093 / DSN 756-3093

E-mail: grad-ed@nps.edu

The Academic Catalog

The policies and regulations of the Naval Postgraduate School may be amended periodically by action of the responsible bodies. Therefore, the documents in this catalog are subject to change during the academic session.

Current and archival editions of the Academic Catalog may be found at: