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DDM is the nation’s premier graduate-level business school offering degree programs uniquely tailored to the defense community. DDM’s academic programs provide outstanding career-development opportunities for those interested in military and civilian leadership. DDM's MBAs, Certificates, and professional development courses are designed to meet the growing need to manage the business side of national defense more effectively and support operational requirements.

Resident Programs

DDM at NPS offers the only MBA program specifically designed to provide a defense-focused, graduate-level education in business. The objectives of the MBA program are to prepare officers for management positions within the Department of Defense by providing them with professional knowledge and skills and to develop broad critical-thinking and analytical abilities that will benefit students in their futures careers.

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The Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) is an accelerated, 12-month, full-time resident program developed to meet the professional career needs of mid-level officers and civilians.  The PMBA program provides students with a solid background in management fundamentals; financial management; economic analysis; operations and logistics, and acquisition management.  The program is very flexible and can be tailored to meet a wide range of individual professional goals. It is open to Naval Unrestricted Line (URL) officers, officers and civilians from other Services and DoD agencies, international partners and defense contractors.

The Master of Science in Management (MSM) program prepares graduates for public service in management and leadership roles in the Defense establishments of the United States or allied nations. The program prepares graduates to manage in complex defense organizations and to conduct rigorous analyses of organizational problems, policies, and operations. To accomplish these goals, the program places particular emphasis on developing students' mathematical and statistical skills and their ability to analyze and model complex phenomena.

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Distance Learning Programs

The Master of Science in Contract Management (MSCM) is designed to provide an advanced education in the concepts, methodologies and analytical techniques necessary for successful management of acquisition and contracting within complex organizations. The MSCM program is open to qualified DoD civilians and other federal government agencies, uniformed officers, and a limited number of DoD contractors.

The Master of Science in Program Management (MSPM) is designed to provide an advanced education in the concepts, methodologies and analytical techniques necessary for successful management of programs/ projects within complex organizations. The MSPM program is open to qualified DoD civilians and other federal government employees, uniformed officers, and a limited number of DoD contractors.

Applications for the Executive Master of Business Administration are no longer being accepted due to the phase-out of the program. For questions, please contact us via email or phone: emba@nps.edu, (831) 656-2562.

The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) is a defense-focused general management program for qualified military officers, federal employees and defense contractors. The program design and course work capitalize on the current managerial and leadership experience of program participants.

The Professional Master of Business Administration-Distance Learning (PMBA-DL) delivers a core of defense-focused management courses to equip students with essential skills and knowledge to lead effectively in defense business and management. The program is open to qualified military officers, federal employees, international students and defense contractors.

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program is a one-year graduate degree program providing education and preparation for Junior Officers to serve as Company Officers at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and for continued future service in the Navy and Marine Corps. The coursework provides knowledge and skills that officers will use as Company Officers and in other leadership roles in the military.

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The Naval Postgraduate School offers acquisition management distance education graduate acquisition courses that satisfy certain Defense Acquisition University (DAU) mandatory training requirements and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements for 24 semester-hours of business subjects. These courses can also be taken for continuing education that can lead to a master’s degree program. These courses are offered primarily by online distance learning methods.

 

Eligibility:

Courses are offered to both military and federal civilians. Undergraduate degree is preferred. Courses must be sponsored in full by a federal organization.

Delivery mode: 

Non-resident

Entry Dates:

Entry dates can be at the beginning of any quarter throughout an academic year (January, April, July, or October).

Cost:

This program is funded by the student’s parent command (any federal organization), and is designed to accommodate professionals who are unable to travel away from the office for weeks of education. Schedules are coordinated with sponsoring commands, avoiding conflicts with major projects and deadlines. The program manager can help arrange cost sharing partnerships between various interested organizations. Contact the program manager for more information and the latest price list.

How to Apply:

If your organization is sponsoring the course, you will need to complete an NPS application via the online NPS Application Management System. Select Program 211. You should have received information regarding the correct start Academic Year and Quarter.

Contact:

Academic associate: Ray Jones, rdjone1@nps.edu

enrollment

Program Enrollment and Completion Rates

Our students enroll in programs structured for them to progress consecutively through program requirements, return to their Department of Defense agencies and put their new skills and education to work in service of the public at a specific and pre-determined timeframe. As such, the faculty and administration diligently work with students to ensure on time graduation. In rare circumstances, a student may extend that timeframe. The most frequent reason for a late graduation is for a student to complete an individual capstone project or thesis, and that is typically accomplished after the student departs Naval Postgraduate School and returns to his/her military duties.

 

Master of Business Administration

Number of students enrolled during AY2017 Number of students who graduated on time (18 months) Number of students graduating at or within one year of the expected date Number of students graduating at or within two years of the expected date Number of students who completed the program
126 125 125 125 125
  99% 99% 99% 99%

 

Master of Science in Management

Number of students enrolled during AY2016 Number of students who graduated on time (21 months) Number of students graduating at or within one year of the expected date Number of students graduating at or within two years of the expected date Number of students who completed the program
37 30 36 36 36
  81% 97% 97% 97%

 

Job Placement

Job Placement Rates

Our students are employed by their home organizations even while enrolled in our programs. Following graduation, students return to their home organizations managing the business of defense, setting defense policy and providing defense sector administration and military and government leadership positions worldwide. As such, we have a 100% employment rate.

 

Master of Business Administration

Graduate during Academic Year 2021 Number of students who were employed immediately following graduation Number of students who were employed in public service roles upon graduation
71 71 71
  100% 100%

 

Master of Science in Management

Graduate during Academic Year 2021 Number of students who were employed immediately following graduation Number of students who were employed in public service roles upon graduation
35 35 35
  100% 100%