Mission TEXT

Mission: The Naval Postgraduate School provides defense-focused graduate education, including classified studies and interdisciplinary research, to advance the operational effectiveness, technological leadership and warfighting advantage of the Naval service.

Vision: The Naval Postgraduate School will become the nation’s leading institution for defense higher education and applied research, delivering transformative solutions and innovative leaders for decisive U.S. seapower and national defense. 

Mission WHO


We are who we serve

NPS is a Naval command with a defense graduate university mission. We are defense educators, subject matter experts and staff serving those who serve our nation.

Mission WHAT


Education, Research, Innovation

NPS develops warrior talent and research solutions through Master’s and Ph.D. programs for the Department of the Navy, DOD, U.S. Government, partners and our allies.

Mission WHY


For decisive advantage

NPS ensures the technological leadership of the future force. Our graduates have the technical and intellectual edge to deter and prevail in the all-domain battlespace.

WWW Mission

Metrics 1

NPS Mission Metrics

“Provides defense focused graduate education …” 

68 graduate resident and distance learning programs in technical and engineering fields (2020 graduates: 305)

32 graduate resident and distance learning programs in defense management and security studies (2020 graduates: 203) 

16,066 total student engagement (resident, distance, certificate, Exec-Ed) 

82 continuous learning, certificate, short courses, special seminars, METs (2020 454 participants) 

Metrics 2

“… including classified and interdisciplinary research …”

More than 1,000 research thesis and capstone projects delivered every year

In 2020 over 150 interdisciplinary education, research, and field experimentation programs executed

In 2020 30% of all sponsored research was approached with interdisciplinary teams

In 2020 over 120 classified/restricted research and education activities were conducted (25% of all sponsored research)

In 2021 60% of NPS Naval Research programs directly support CNO Key Operational Problems


WhereScienceMeets TEXT

NPS transforms leaders who will transform warfighting. 

Electrical engineering alumnus Marine Corps Maj. Michael Wade studied high-electron mobility transistors for his thesis and directly applied his research to USMC radar systems, including the counter UAS, Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS).


Industry partnerships bring emerging technology to campus. 

Xerox chose NPS to install its first liquid metal 3D printer, the ElemX, to collaborate on shipboard use cases through student-faculty research. The NPS-Xerox team and CNSP will install the second ElemX aboard USS TRIPOLI (LHA-7).


Relevant research delivers solutions.

 LCDR Austin West was selected for the “Rear Admiral William S. Parsons Award for Scientific and Technical Progress” for his thesis research on compensating for air turbulence on the High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS), delivering tactical decision aids and fire control guidance.


Responsive TEXT

Program and curricular reviews ensure NPS meets the current and emerging needs of operational forces. 

  • Curriculum reviews with direct participation by flag officer sponsors. 
  • Detailed reviews scrutinize educational deliverables. 
  • Curricular educational outcomes match Fleet sponsors’ input. 
  • Naval leaders demand responsiveness and ongoing relevance. 
  • Seasoned Warfare Chairs infuse operational relevance at every level.


Interdisciplinary TEXT



Mission-How we do it





How we do it description

The Business of NPS:

  • NPS utilizes a University Operating Model (OUM) with reimbursable operations for education and research leverage in a resource-constrained environment.
  • Reimbursable operations, while complex, deliver diverse grad-ed and research results.
  • High value: Twice the school for half the price. ~$100m direct funding augmented by ~$100m from sponsored reimbursable education and research.
Navy Mission


The Department of the Navy will recruit, train, equip, and organize to deliver combat ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through sustained forward presence.