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SEAL Officer Graduate Education

​​​​The Navy will no longer release NAVADMINs for graduate education programs starting in Academic Year 2020-2021. All NSW members must logging into MyNavy Portal to update their email address under MyNavy Education​ to receive alerts about graduate education updates.

Graduate Program Materials
​Graduate Program Opportunities

 ​1. NSW-Owned Graduate Education Programs
  • Graduate Education Voucher Program (GEV) - 3 NSW and EOD (1 Financial Management and 2 Regional Studies) Billets. Selected URL officers receive a voucher for a maximum of 2 years for graduate school tuition, books, and most fees. The voucher can be used at any university of the officer's choice with approval of the curriculum from Naval Postgraduate School. The curriculum must also meet the requirements of the GEV areas of study and subspecialties​ prescribed each fiscal year. Most recent NAVADMIN.
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL) Fellowship Program and Master's in Engineering - 1+ NSW Billets. Selected 1130s will receive a Masters degree from the JHU Whiting School of Engineering. The program will have a direct contribution to the development of SEAL officers who show significant potential for future positions as Acquisitions Program Managers, Innovations/Technology Leaders, and Requirements/Resourcing Leaders. Course length is 18-24 months (customized to candidates short/long term goals). Requires follow on tour in NSW URL Acquisition Corps.
  • University of San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD SIO) Master's in Applied Ocean Science and Technology - 1 NSW Billet. A thesis-based Master's, advised by a committee of SIO academic personnel, will be offered to admitted students to provide independent research study and at-sea opportunities to complement their coursework to prepare them for the future science and technologies needs for NSW. Students will receive a Master's degree Ocean Science and technology. Course length is 18-24 months (customized to candidates short/long term goals). Requires follow on tour in NSW URL Acquisition Corps.
  • Fleet Scholars Education Program (FSEP) - 3 NSW Billets. FSEP is a Navy talent management initiative that provides education opportunities to community-selected​ unrestricted line (URL) and Information Warfare Community (IWC) officers. FSEP selectees will attend an accredited graduate school of their choice in-residence (CONUS, Alaska, and Hawaii) for up to 24 months. Distance learning, medical, and legal education are not authorized under this program. Most recent NAVADMIN
  • SEAL Program at Princeton University - 1 NSW Billet. One quota is allocated for a SEAL officer to attend Princeton University. The graduate will receive a 2000P subspecialty code along with their Master's degree.
​2. Navy-Wide Graduate Education Programs
  • Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) Program - The AEV program offers advanced education opportunities and provides financial assistance to senior enlisted personnel (E7-E9) to complete a Bachelor's or Master's Navy-relevant degree in designated areas of study through off-study education.
  • Olmsted Scholarship Program - 5 Navy Billets. The Olmsted program is a unique scholarship opportunity offering two years of graduate study using a foreign language while providing overseas cultural​ and travel opportunities, often leading to a graduate degree at a foreign university. Most recent NAVADMIN.
  • USNA Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program - 7 Navy Billets. The LEAD Program provides graduate education and preparation for talented, highly qualified URL officers to serve as company officers at the United States Naval Academy and for continued future service in the Navy. The program develops students' abilities to think critically and analytically, and focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for understanding, designing, and conducting leader and team development. Officers selected for this fully-funded Master's program in leadership education and development attend a top-tier DC/Baltimore area university with a required two-year follow-on commitment as a company officer at USNA. Most recent NAVADMIN.
  • USNA Graduate Education and Teaching (GET) Program - 5 Navy Billets. The GET program provides approximately 12 months of graduate education directly followed by a two-academic-year teaching assignment at USNA as an officer-instructor, resulting in  36-month combined tour. Most recent NAVADMIN.
  • Temasek Defense Systems Institute (TDSI) - 3 Navy Billets. Established in July 2001, TDSI is a strategic alliance between the National University of Singapore and the Naval Postgraduate School to provide a platform that brings together military members and defense technologists in an education and research environment. The partnership, rooted in systems engineering, has grown to encompass a variety of defense-related topics. TDSI's goal is to produce graduates who understand the complexities of a military force and are enabled to create maximum leverage by the integration​ of operations and technology. 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Institute (MIT/WHOI) - 6 Navy Billets. MIT/WHOI offers a Master's degree program suitable for motivated students with undergraduate degrees in geoscience, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or engineering. The program is designed to be completed in 27 months (two years and a summer). Navy students are required to conduct research at WHOI for one summer or equivalent amount of time. Most recent NAVADMIN.
  • Purdue Military Research Initiative (PMRI) - 6 Navy Billets. PMRI is a no-cost in-residence graduate education (PhD preference, but Master's degree is acceptable) across all branched of the Department of Defense. 
  • Politico-Military Master's (PMM) Program - 8 Navy Billets. The PMM program was developed to educate officers in Pol-Mil affairs and strategic planning through graduate education at elite civilian institutions. Officers selected for this program must carry a full academic load year-round, including summer sessions. Officers should expect to serve an immediate follow-on tour in an N5 (OPNAV or Navy component commander) or J5 (Joint Staff or combatant commander) billet. Most recent NAVADMIN.
  • SECDEF Strategic Thinkers Program (STP)​ - 2 Navy Billets. Established in 2019, the STP is a 10-month Master's degree program which offers a unique, highly selective, in-depth graduate level education, designed for intellectually talented military officers who wish to develop advanced analytical and strategic thinking skills. Officers in the STP will receive a Master's degree in International Public Policy. 
  • Arthur S. Moreau (ASM) PhD Program - 1 Navy Billet. The ASM program for post-Master's degree study in International Relations and Strategy develops officers to formulate and conduct National Security policy, strategic planning, and the decision-making processes at the highest levels of government. The time allotment of the program enables the selected officer to complete "all but dissertation" toward a PhD. ASM does not require completion of a PhD, but the selection board will favor officers whose stated goal is to complete the dissertation portion of the PhD after leaving the program. All O4-O5 URL who have completed a graduate degree in a Pol-Mil area of study are eligible. Officer with demonstrated superior performance and potential for future utilization in the Pol-Mil arena will be selected to pursue post-Master's education.
3. Fellowship Programs
  • ​SECNAV Tours with Industry Program (SNTWI) - 15 Navy Officer and 15 Navy Enlisted Billets. There are typically up to 30 opportunities for enlisted and officers (E6 to O6) for SNTWI. ​SNTWI is a Navy talent management initiative that will provide opportunities to community-selected Service Members to observe and immerse themselves in the processes of high-performing corporations for up to 12 months. Most recent NAVADMIN.
  • SECNAV Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC) - 2 Navy Billets. NIAC is a dynamic forum for the advisors to conduct research, advance problem-solving projects, and advise the Secretary of the Navy on innovation opportunities within the DON. Individuals are hand-selected to serve as advisors on the council. 
  • Legislative Fellow Program - 15 Navy Billets. The Navy Legislative Fellows program provides an opportunity to broaden experience and knowledge in the operations and organization of Congress while enhancing the Navy's ability to fulfill its role in the national policy development process. The fellowship consists of a year-long full-time assignment to the office of a U.S. Congressional member, either in the Senate or House of Representatives, who serves on a defense-related committee. The Fellow serves as a member of the staff and is assigned duties and tasks based on the needs of the office. Most recent NAVADMIN.
  • SECDEF Executive Fellows Program (SDEF) - 4 Navy Billets. SDEF program was established by the Secretary of Defense in 1994 as a long-term investment in transforming our forces and capabilities and, as such, is a key part of the Department of Defense strategy to achieve its transformational goals. SDEF Fellows form a cadre of future leaders who are knowledgeable in the organizational and operational opportunities made possible by their training throughout the year. 
  • Federal Executive Fellows (FEF) Program - 15 Navy Billets. The FEF program was established in 1971 to give officers an opportunity to increase their understanding of policy development and national security decision making at the highest levels of government by participating as fellows at select non-profit research organizations (think tanks) and academic institutions. Equipped with this experience, fellows will subsequently be available to fill Navy and Joint billets in strategy, planning, and national security affairs that will leverage their expertise. 
  • White House Fellow Program - 1 Navy Billet. Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time Fellow to senior White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in the action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded strictly on a strictly non-partisan basis. 
4. Service Schools
  • ​Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). NPS offers first-class graduate degree programs in a wide variety of disciplines to eligible U.S. military students, international students, DoD civilian employees, and a limited number of defense contractors. 
    • Master's Programs. 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. A detailed listing of the standards for admission can be found on the Academic Catalog on the NPS website. GRE scores required for some programs.
    • PH.D. Programs. NPS doctoral degree programs are available to officers of most U.S. services and civilian employees of the government. Naval Officers can only apply to a Ph.D. program under the annual USN PMP or Doctoral Studies Program. 
    • JPME 1 Program. Students assigned to NPS may also complete the intermediate-level College of Naval Command and Staff (with JPME 1) through the NWC-at-NPS program.
    • Distance Learning. NPS Distance Learning enables students to earn certificates and degrees at locations across the nation and around the globe.
  • ​Naval War College Resident Programs. Officers are assigned to Navy-funded, full-time Navy PME, and JPME at the College of Naval Command and Staff or the College of Naval Warfare. College of Naval Command and Staff is the Navy's intermediate-level service college accredited by CJCS to aware JPME Phase​ 1 credit. The College of Naval warfare is the Navy's senior-level service college accredited by CJCS to award JPME Phase 2 credit. Students may earn a Master's degree at each college. 
    • Advanced Strategist Program (ASP). ASP students complete the core ILC/SLC JPME and MA program coupled with a 10-month double elective course focusing on international security, political economy, sea-power, and other strategic topics. They complete a Master's thesis and a 10-week summer capstone project developing products tailored to U.S. Naval Strategy. 
    • Advanced Research Project in War-gaming (ARP). ARP is a 64-week track in conjunction with the Halsey Alpha and Bravo Advanced Research Projects programs. Following completion of MA degree and JPME 1 requirements, students will stay one additional trimester to complete focused studies of advanced war gaming topics and earn a 271 or 272 AQD.
    • Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS). MAWS educates officers to be operational-level leaders and to conduct effective operational planning as members of planning teams in multinational, interagency, joint, and maritime environments. It differs from other services' with advanced warfighting programs in that it integrates the NWC resident ILC/JPME 1 curriculum with a tailored operational planning and leadership curriculum in a single 13-month package rather than a one-year ILC plus a one-year advanced warfighting curriculum. Graduates earn AQD JP-1. Navy officers who attend MAWS and then complete operational planner assignments, receive AQD upgrade from JP-1 to JP-3. 
    • ​​Distant Education Programs.​ Officers who are unable to attend one of the Services' resident Command And Staff programs may complete their intermediate-level professional military education (with JPME 1) through a number of programs delivered through the College of Distance Education. 
    • International Military Colleges. Officers are assigned to Navy-funded, full-time JPME at intermediate and senior level international colleges. Programs differ in length and foreign language requirements, but all result in award of JPME Phase 1 credit. OPNAV Director, Global Integration and Engagement (OPNAV N51) provides annual requirements lists for international military college opportunities to OPNAV N12 to achieve prioritized engagement efforts.
    • Joint/Sister Service War College Programs. Officers are assigned to Navy-funded, full-time JPME at other services intermediate and senior level service schools to meet officer development requirements. Intermediate​ level schools are accredited by CJCS to award JPME Phase 1 credit while senior level schools are accredited to award JPME Phase II credit. Students may earn a Master's degree if offered by the school. 
    • Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS). JCWS is a 10-week program for O-4s through O-6s that teaches the art and science of joint, interagency, and multinational warfighting at the operational level of war as directed by the CJCS Officer Professional Military Education Policy. 
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