Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018

Established in 1909, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) began as an institution headed by two Navy instructors and 10 enrolled students. NPS is located in Monterey, California and offers fellowships in addition to master's, engineering and doctoral degrees.

Quick Facts
Coordinates36° 35' 47.90" N 121° 52' 24.33" W
CityMonterey, CA 93943
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The Basics

NPS provides its students with advanced education opportunities and differs from other military educational institutions in that it focuses on technical studies unlike war colleges which focus on battle strategies and war tactics.


1 University Circle, Monterey, CA 93943
General Info: (831) 656-1068
Student Services: (831) 656-3816
Admissions: (831) 656-3093

Admission Requirements

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university. Admission varies according to the program you are interested in but you should meet the general requirements:

  • A minimum 2.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • You may also need to provide your GRE scores if applicable

NPS accepts digital and paper transcripts. If you are sending hard copy transcripts, they must be sent directly to NPS from the previous institution you attended.

The official mailing address for transcripts is: Naval Postgraduate School Admissions Office (Official Transcripts), 589 Dyer Road, Root Hall-100, Monterey, CA 93943-5100. Digital transcripts can be sent to [email protected].


Because students at NPS must be sponsored by either an employer or their military command, they are not allowed to pay their tuition and NPS will not accept payment from a student. Payment is made via funding documents—which change depending on what organization is paying the tuition.


NPS Housing requires that all military personnel get in touch with the Housing Services Office (HSO) before signing any lease/rent agreements. The HSO can be reached at (831) 242-7979.

HSO can also assist you with landlord/tenant disputes and mediations in addition to referral assistance and obtaining community rental search information.

Application Deadlines

NPS has varying deadlines depending on what program you are applying for. For questions or assistance with the application process, this is a good place to start.

Academic Offerings / Programs

NPS offers degrees in more than 60 fields of study including national security, electrical engineering, computer engineering, space systems, physics and much more.

NPS History

The Naval Postgraduate School began as a marine engineering institution in Maryland back in 1909. Three years later, NPS was dubbed the Postgraduate Department of the United States Naval Academy. Up until 1945, the school was unable to confer degrees to its students—it was when Ernest King, a naval Fleet Admiral, created a committee to assess graduate education for military personnel.

Thanks to Admiral King's efforts, Congress passed legislation that designated NPS as an accredited higher education institution. Two years later, Congress provided funding that allowed for the purchase of the Hotel Del Monte in California which would become the new HQ for NPS. Finally, in 1951, NPS settled down in Monterey where it has remained for the past 67 years.

NPS hosts students from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy in addition to students from allied countries and civilian employees.

Visiting NPS

To access the campus, you must be vetted before being granted access. You will be asked to provide your social security number and date of birth for ID verification.


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