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January 2009


The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), founded in 1909, is a fully accredited university offering over 35 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 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 Ph.Ds) 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 fleet and operating forces.

Once again, we are starting the year with a diverse and unique international program. Current international enrollment includes 216 students from 42 countries, with our students enrolled in over 30 curricula across campus. This year we have enrolled our first officer from Nepal and have returning officers from Albania, Czech Republic, Japan and Mongolia. Please check the student statistics page for a complete break down of our resident graduate students and countries. More significantly, over 20% of these students are enrolled in EXPANDED INTERNATIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION and TRAINING (EIMET) certified programs; to include our Resource Management, Area Studies and Security Studies curricula.

Our School of International Graduate Studies (SIGS) has now been in place for a little over seven years. We continue to have excellent linkage between our degree programs taught at NPS and our nondegree programs taught by the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI), Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR), and the International Defense Acquisition Resource Management Program (IDARM). In FY 2008, DRMI, CCMR, and IDARM, sponsored over 100 Mobile Education Teams (MET's) overseas, providing short courses to over 3500 students in over 50 different countries. Over 500 international officer students from 100 countries participated in their in-resident short courses held in Monterey. Our overseas engagement programs and non-degree resident courses, combined with our resident graduate courses, allows NPS to provide more efficient and effective educational offerings tailored to country requirements.

The Global Center for Security Cooperation (stood up in 2006) continues to implement its mission is sponsored and funded by DSCA to provide added capacity for the Regional Centers, (Marshall Center, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), North East-South Asia (NESA) Center, Africa Center, and the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS). The goal of the Global Center is to provide more synergism among our internal organizations as well as with the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DilLS) and the Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO). It is expected that the Global Center will provide coordination, integration and de-confliction of the various school programs. NPS/SIGS was selected as the home of the Global Center because of our innovative, forward looking graduate education programs and experience in delivering mobile education worldwide.

With over 4900 international student officer graduates since 1954, The Naval Postgraduate School is firmly committed to our international programs. We advertise that the value of NPS is ultimately measured by the success of our students. Over and above the benefits of our educational and research programs, we view with importance the valuable exchange of military perspectives that occurs within this unique academic environment. Many of our international graduates have gone on to achieve flag and general officer rank and assumed positions of prominence in their military, government, and industry.

The information contained in this booklet 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!

Assistant Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies