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I am in the Navy and need an APC. How do I obtain it?

To obtain an Academic Profile Code (APC), you need to apply online.  In Step 1 of 5 of the application process, you will be asked to identify the APC Request Type.  You can select “Initial APC Calculation” or “Update Existing APC.”

If the purpose of the APC calculation is an upcoming board, please provide details of the board in the Student Comment box, which is also located on Step 1 of 5 of the application.

How do I apply to NPS?

All NPS applications will be completed via the online application process.  To guarantee proper handling, be sure to complete the application in its entirety.  If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

May I contact an Admissions Personnel at NPS? 

Though NPS does not have traditional Admissions Counselors, the Education Technicians can provide counseling in most situations. The best method of requesting information is via e-mail.  Provide as much pertinent information as possible. This will allow Admissions to provide you with a complete, comprehensive answer.  

Admissions personnel can be reached at:

Do you have to be in the Navy to attend NPS?

You do not have to be in the Navy to attend NPS. There are some opportunities for non-government civilians to attend using one of two scholarship for service programs. SMART and CISR administer the scholarship programs. If you apply for either of the scholarships, you must concurrently apply to NPS using our online application.

All U.S. and allied military members, as well as government civilian employees may apply for NPS admission.  However, an applicant must meet the academic requirements of the desired graduate degree program.  For specific admission requirements, please visit the NPS Admissions web page for full details at either the Master’s Degree Programs or Doctoral Degree Programs sites.

What constitutes a complete application?

Once received, Admissions reviews the application for completeness.  Requirements for a complete application are detailed here.

Admissions will contact you if there are any missing documents.  Once all required academic documents are received, your application packet will be marked complete and will be processed.  

Where do I send my transcripts? 

Once you have completed page five of the application, a confirmation page will verify that your application has been submitted.  Please print it for your records.  The page also includes further instructions on completing your application package, as well as the mailing address to which your previously attended institutions should mail your official sealed transcripts.  The NPS mailing address is also listed below:  

Naval Postgraduate School
Admissions Office (Official Transcripts)
1 University Circle, He-022
Monterey, CA 93943-5100

Transcripts must be sent directly to NPS from the school(s) attended.  Another resource is to have your official transcripts electronically delivered.   There are many electronic transcript delivery services that usually offer receipt confirmation.  Please check to see if your academic institution is a participating member.

How long does it take to process a transcript and mark an application complete?

It takes 10-14 business days from the date of the transcript order for an official transcript to be received and processed so the application can be marked complete. Though we receive electronic transcripts daily, we cannot download them as soon as they arrive. We use the 10-14 business-day estimate for electronic transcripts also.

How can I tell if my transcript(s) have been received?

You can log back into your application and review the Trans R’cvd block for a Y. If you find your application is not marked after 10-14 business days, e-mail

What is the difference between an unofficial, issued to student, and official transcript? 

Official transcripts have the institution's seal and the Registrar's signature.  They are usually printed on security transcript paper and/or have a raised seal embossed on the paper.

Issued-to-student transcripts are the same as the official transcripts; however, they are stamped “Issued to Student” on the transcript. 

Unofficial transcripts do not have the characteristics of an official transcript.  Copied, faxed, and e-mail scanned transcripts fall into this category.  Transcripts from unaccredited institutions are not acceptable for admission to NPS.

Is the GRE required?

GRE scores are required for anyone applying to a doctoral program

The National Security Affairs (NSA) Department is the only department that requires GRE scores as part of the academic evaluation process for a masters’ degree.  Specifically, the NSA Department requires all U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army officers to submit GRE scores.  Additionally, the NSA Department may request GRE scores from certain applicants to help enhance their academic record.  The GRE must have been taken within five years of the date of application.  

Faxed or emailed copies of GRE scores may be accepted on a case-by-case basis until the original copy arrives at the Admissions Office.  

Please use Institutional Code 4831 to have your scores sent automatically to NPS.

What are the academic requirements for admission?

In order to attend NPS as a degree-seeking student, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Applicants should possess sufficient preparatory background coursework to enable comprehension and classroom interaction with fellow students and instructors.  Key indicators of a student’s potential for academic success includes not only previous academic endeavors, but may also include recent GRE scores.

Admission requirements vary by program; however, the general standard is:

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.2 on a 4.0 system, of which 75 semester hours/112 quarter hours must be letter-graded.
  • For those applicants requiring the GRE, test scores are evaluated by the applicable department.

What if I do not meet the admission standards?

Navy officers should consult their detailers if the minimum APC has not been met for a particular program. All APC waiver requests will be handled by your detailer through the Graduate Education Placement Officer at PERS.
For all non-Navy applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements of a program, the Academic Department will review your application. They will make the decision to approve a waiver of the minimum requirements.

Please do not contact the Admissions office or the NPS faculty directly regarding a program waiver.

What programs may I apply to at NPS?

NPS offers a vast array of master's degree programs in areas such as business, engineering, information science, defense analysis and national security affairs. NPS also offers doctoral and certificate programs.  Please review the Academic Catalog for a listing of our programs, as well as program descriptions.  

What is your application deadline?

The NPS Admissions Office has no formal application deadlines. However, externally driven deadlines may require an NPS conditional acceptance letter as part of an application package.  Historically, applicants need to allow at least 6 months prior to an internal Service deadline for an academic eligibility review.

I have been informed that my application is under academic review. What does that mean?

Normally, this indicates that the NPS Admissions Office has received your application, transcripts, and all other required documentation and has begun the formal academic review process leading to a decision regarding your eligibility. When a decision is made, you will receive a letter by e-mail regarding your admission status.

What are the Tuition Costs?

Tuition costs vary by service and program.  Tuition is set by NPS and the different Services are notified of any change.

NPS does NOT accept Tuition Assistance, the Montgomery GI Bill, Graduate Education Vouchers, personal checks or the Post-9/11 GI Bill for tuition payment.

For information regarding distance learning tuition programs, click here.  

For resident tuition information please contact:

Can I take courses at NPS and not be admitted?

Single courses can be taken prior to being admitted if you are staff at NPS, the Defense Language Institute, the Defense Manpower Data Center, or other local/tenant commands. This enables the prospective applicant to assess the appropriate curriculum for which to apply. It is highly recommended that the application for admission be completed as soon as possible in order for the applicant to comply with staff admissions procedures. In order to graduate, the student must be officially admitted by the Director of Admissions.

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