Financial management education and training opportunities at the Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, California.

Author:Jones, Lawrence R.

Naval Postgraduate School Background

The Department of the Navy (DON) operates the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to meet the advanced educational requirements of the United States military and government civilian communities. Located in Monterey, California, the NPS offers specially tailored academic programs tying academic disciplines to naval and joint warfighting applications.

The NPS resident student body includes military members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, officers and civilians from approximately 60 other countries, and civilian employees of the Federal Government and state and local governments. Most recently, NPS authorized attendance by a limited number of defense contractors.

Selection for graduate education at the NPS is based upon outstanding professional performance, promotion potential, and a strong academic background. In degree programs, students receive graduate degrees upon successfully completing programs designed primarily to prepare them for future career assignments. Degrees are awarded on the basis of the same high academic standards that prevail at other accredited institutions. For nondegree programs, students receive certifications, continuing education units (CEU), or continuing professional education (CPE) hours after successfully completing assigned course work.

As an academic institution, NPS emphasizes graduate-degree programs embracing study and research and nondegree programs that are relevant and unique to DON interests and requirements, as well as the interests of other Department of Defense (DoD) Components and other federal agencies.

The NPS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Graduate School of Business and Public Policy programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Financial Management Programs

The NPS offers several opportunities in the financial management (FM) field--degree programs and comptroller training. Because NPS is a graduate-level school, we'll first describe the degree programs. The NPS offers two ways to receive a master's degree. The first is the typical resident program, which is approximately 18 months long. The second is a nonresident graduate degree program called the Executive...

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