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Graduate Education
Midshipmen in Noon Meal Formation

Graduate Education Programs

The Naval Academy offers several graduate education opportunities to qualified midshipmen. 

Immediate Programs

(Start graduate work during senior year or immediately after USNA graduation and commissioning)

Civilian-Funded Scholarship Program

  • One- to two-year master’s program at prestigious civilian universities in the U.S. and abroad.

VGEP - Voluntary Graduate Education Program

  • One-Year master’s program at area civilian universities, beginning in the second semester of senior year.

Bowman Scholarship Program

  • One-year STEM-only master’s program at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA.
  • For nuclear submarine and ship officers only.

Delayed Programs

(Start graduate work after some fleet service)

  • Navy Burke Scholarship Program

    • Up to two-year STEM master's program at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA after first fleet tour.
  • Marine Corps Burke Scholarship Program

    • Up to two-year master’s program after first fleet tour at NPS or civilian universities.
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