The International Graduate Programs Office is responsible for the cultural, social and academic integration of the international military students and their families into the Naval Postgraduate School. The office is charged with interacting with the outside agencies, military and civilian to accomplish the goals of the US Joint Security Cooperation Education and Training Program (JSCETP) and the Field Studies Program (FSP). Additionally, it is responsible for the International Sponsor Program and acts as the Command Sponsor to the International Executive Committee.
Since 1954, over 5600 International officers from 110 countries have graduated from NPS. Many have gone on to achieve positions of prominence within their military services, governments, and private industry. The International Program at NPS serves as an integral link in establishing the long term military-to-military relationships between our U.S. and International officers.
In December 2013, the NPS international graduate program passed the significant milestone of over 5600 international graduates from 110 countries. We start 2014 with another diverse and unique international program. Current international enrollment includes 224 officer students from 48 countries, with our students enrolled in over 30 curricula across campus, including returning officer representation from Belize, El Salvador, Ghana, and South Africa, and we have our first officer enrolled from Comoros. Please check the student statistics page for a complete break down of our resident graduate students and countries. More significantly, over 30% of these students are enrolled in EXPANDED INTERNATIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION and TRAINING (EIMET) certified programs to include Civil Military Relations and International Security, Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies, Regional and Strategic Studies, and several resource management curricula to include Acquisition and Contracting, Systems Acquisition, Logistics Management, Financial Management, Manpower Systems Analysis, and Information Systems Management.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), founded in 1909, is a fully accredited university offering over 75 unique academic curricula to military and civilian members of the Department of Defense and our allies around the world. These graduate level programs are focused on increasing the combat effectiveness of our armed forces and coalition partners, and fully support the unique and emerging requirements of the defense establishment. All programs contain a military application, and are not duplicated at civilian colleges and universities. The uniqueness of NPS is further enhanced by an outstanding civilian faculty (98% with PhDs) and a motivated and talented multi-service, interagency and coalition student body. Each curriculum has a military sponsor (flag or general officer) who reviews the course content with our faculty and program officers every two years, thus enabling us to change and adjust our courses to quickly meet the current needs of the Dept of Defense and other governmental agencies.
Of note this year, the Computer Science Department is offering two cyber security certificates: Cyber Security Fundamentals (MASL P170026) and Cyber Security Defense (MASL P170027). Also there is now a 3 year Systems Engineering PhD offered (first student enrolled is from Bahrain). The Defense Decision Making and Planning Curriculum 687 has been replaced with a new Strategic Studies Curriculum 688 (MASL P179035. We will again this year offer a one quarter resident certificate program in Defense Planning beginning in December. Currently, this program has students from Bulgaria, Comoros, Ghana, Nepal, and South Africa. Finally, the International Masters in Public Administration: Strategic Defense Studies (I-MPA) (MASL P170007) will be accepting candidates this year for the first cohort, which will start classes in June 2014. See the section on Newest Course Offerings for course specifics.
We are also happy to report that we continue to offer most of our Distance Learning curricula and certificate programs to the international community. Normal academic requirements, admissions procedures, and funding requirements apply. For course titles and MASL numbers, check out the Distance Learning section.
The information contained on our website is designed to answer basic questions regarding admission, academic programs available and other pertinent information necessary to make an orderly transition to life at the Naval Postgraduate School. Don’t hesitate to call or write if you require additional information. We look forward to supporting your needs, as our number one goal is for our students to enjoy their tours at NPS to the fullest!