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Naval Postgraduate School

Naval Postgraduate School
Motto Praestantia Per Scientiam
Motto in English Excellence through Knowledge
Established 1909
Type Graduate school
Endowment $2.2 million[1]
President Vice Admiral Ronald A. Route, USN, Retired [2]
Location Monterey, California, U.S.
NPS is located in United States
Location in the United States

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is a fully accredited research university operated by the United States Navy. Located in Monterey, California, it grants master's degrees, engineer's degrees and doctoral degrees. The school also offers research fellowship opportunities at the postdoctoral level through the National Research Council research associateship program.[3]


  • Overview 1
  • Academic structure 2
  • History 3
  • Notable Graduates 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The NPS student population is mostly active-duty officers from all branches of the U.S. military, although U.S. Government civilians and members of foreign militaries can also matriculate under a variety of programs. Most of the faculty are civilians.

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Ohio serves a similar purpose. The U.S. Army does not have a similar institution, and instead sends its members to either NPS, AFIT or civilian institutions.

NPS and AFIT should not be confused with military staff college or war college. NPS and AFIT concentrate on topics traditionally associated with civilian graduate schools, focusing on their application to the military whereas staff colleges and war colleges concentrate instead on staff functions, civil-military affairs, tactics and strategy.

Under a recent joint agreement between the Air Force and Navy, and codified by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, AFIT and the Naval Postgraduate School have realigned their academic programs to reduce duplication, and both schools will be under the oversight of a common panel. As an example, Navy officers are sent to learn aeronautical engineering at AFIT, while Air Force officers learn meteorology at NPS.

On November 27, 2012, [2]

Academic structure

NPS offers graduate programs through four graduate schools and twelve departments. The different schools and departments offer various PhD and M.S.-level degrees:

  • Graduate School of Business & Public Policy includes the departments:
  1. Acquisition Management
  2. Enterprise Management
  3. Financial Management
  4. Management
  5. Manpower and Economics
  6. Operations and Logistics Management
  • Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, includes the units:
  1. Applied Mathematics Department
  2. Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
  3. Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering Department
  4. Meteorology Department
  5. Oceanography Department
  6. Physics Department
  7. Systems Engineering Department
  8. Space Systems Academic Group
  9. Navigation Systems Engineering Institute
  10. Under Sea Warfare Systems Academic Committee
  11. Remote Sensing Center
  12. Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory
  • Graduate School of Operational & Information Sciences includes the departments:
  1. Computer Sciences
  2. Defense Analysis
  3. Information Sciences
  4. Operations Research
  • School of International Graduate Studies with multiple centers:
  1. National Security Affairs Academic Program
  2. Defense Resource Management Institute
  3. Center on Contemporary Conflict
  4. Center for Civil Military Relations
  5. Center for Stabilization Reconstruction and Studies
  6. Leadership Development and Education for Sustained Peace
  7. International Defense and Acquisition Resource Management
  8. Center for Homeland Defense and Security
  9. International Graduate Program Office
  10. Program for Culture & Conflict Studies

NPS also operates an active distributed learning program, and executive education programs for US warfighters and civilian government employees.


On 9 June 1909, marine engineering at Annapolis, Maryland.

On 31 October 1912, Meyer signed Navy General Order No. 233, which renamed the school the Postgraduate Department of the United States Naval Academy. The order established courses of study in ordnance and gunnery, electrical engineering, radio telegraphy, naval construction, and civil engineering and continued the program in marine engineering.

During World War II, Fleet Admiral Ernest King, chief of naval operations and commander-in-chief of both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, established a commission to review the role of graduate education in the Navy. In 1945, Congress passed legislation to make the school a fully accredited, degree-granting graduate institution. Two years later, Congress adopted legislation authorizing the purchase of an independent campus for the school.

Herrmann Hall

A postwar review team, which had examined 25 sites nationwide, had recommended the old Hotel Del Monte in Monterey as a new home for the Postgraduate School. During WWII, the Navy had leased the facilities, first for a pre-flight training school, then for part of the Electronics Training Program. Negotiations with the Del Monte Properties Company led to the purchase of the hotel and 627 acres (2.54 km2) of surrounding land for $2.13 million.

The Postgraduate School moved to Monterey in December 1951. Today, the school has over 40 programs of study including highly regarded M.S and PhD programs in electrical and computer engineering (NRC Ranking 68,[6][7]), mechanical and astronautical engineering (NRC Ranking 30[8]), systems engineering (ABET accredited [9] and USNWR ranked 21st in the U.S.[10]), space systems and satellite engineering, physics, oceanography (NRC Ranking 22[11]), meteorology, applied mathematics,[12] computer science (NRC Ranking 83[13]), operations research, business and public policy (AACSB and NASPAA accredited, US News ranking 45[14]), international relations, and other disciplines, all with an emphasis on military applications.

The Space Systems Academic Group of the school has graduated thirty-three astronauts, more than any other graduate school in the country.[15][16] the school is home to the Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (CISR)[17] and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).[18] CISR is America's foremost center for defense-related research and education in Information Assurance (IA), Inherently Trustworthy Systems (ITC), and defensive information warfare; and CHDS provides the first homeland security master's degree in the United States.

Notable Graduates

See also


  1. ^ As of 30 June 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs (July 16, 2013). "SECNAV Names New Naval Postgraduate School President". Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Research Associateship Programs. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Navy replaces leadership at postgraduate school" CNN International edition, Nov. 28, 2012 [1]
  5. ^ Lolita C. Baldor, "Navy fires president, provost of grad school>". Associated Press, [Nov 28, 2012] Google News link
  6. ^ NRC Rankings in Each of 41 Areas. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  7. ^ Electrical & Computer Engineering Rankings. GRE Guide. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  8. ^ NRC Rankings in Each of 41 Areas. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  9. ^| ABET Listing of Accredited Programs. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  10. ^ USNWR Rankings retrieved 16 May 2013.
  11. ^ NRC Rankings in Each of 41 Areas. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  12. ^ Naval Postgraduate School – Applied Math. (13 May 2011). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  13. ^ NRC Rankings in Each of 41 Areas. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  14. ^ Best Graduate Schools | Top Graduate Programs | US News Education. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  15. ^ SunStar Media. "Naval Postgraduate School Foundation | About the Foundation | News". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  16. ^ "Naval Postgraduate School - SSAG". 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  17. ^ "Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research". Monterey, CA, USA: Naval Postgraduate School. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  18. ^ Center for Homeland Defense & Security. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.

External links

  • Official website
  • Institutional archive of the NPS

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