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NPS at a Glance

Monterey_2019  The Naval Postgraduate School AND Naval  Support Activity, Monterey NPS at a Glance

Established in 2010, Naval Support Activity Monterey is a multifunction organization dedicated to providing responsive, high-quality base operations support to enable its tenants to accomplish their mission. Home to more than 15 tenant commands, NSA-Monterey provides primary support to the Naval Postgraduate School, Navy Research Lab, and the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center.


Note: Gate hours and operations are subject to change at any time due to force protection needs.

Sloat Main Gate:


Del-Monte Gate:

0700-0830 / 1600-1730 M-Th and 0700-0830 on Fridays

Annex Gate:



(831) 656-3477 or (831) 656-3643

Services are located at the Sloat Main Gate. Pass/ID Office Hours: Monday-Friday 0700-1500. Closed for lunch from 1130-1200. Closed Holidays.



The Naval Postgraduate School is an academic institution whose emphasis is on study and research programs relevant to the Navy’s interests, as well as to the interests of other arms of the Department of Defense and U.S. allies and coalition partners. The programs are designed to accommodate the unique requirements of the military.


The mission of the school is to provide high-quality, relevant and unique advanced education and research programs that increase the combat effectiveness of the naval services, other armed forces of the U.S. and its partners to enhance our national security.


Located in Monterey on the Pacific Ocean 140 miles south of San Francisco, the Naval Postgraduate School campus covers 627 acres. The site, which has been home to the school since 1951, houses state-of-the-art laboratories, numerous academic buildings, a great federal repository library, government housing and impressive recreational facilities.


On average, about 1,600 resident and 1,200 nonresident students are enrolled in degree programs at the Naval Postgraduate School. The student body consists of officers from the five U.S. uniformed services, officers from more than 40 other countries and civilian employees.

Selection of officers for fully funded graduate education is based on outstanding professional performance as an officer, promotion potential and a strong academic background.


Faculty members, a majority of which are civilians, are drawn from a broad diversity of educational institutions and represent a world-class collection of scholars. Faculty-student interaction is high. Every class is taught directly by a faculty member — more than 99 percent have a Ph.D.


The Naval Postgraduate School’s effect upon the Central California coast by the numbers:

• 2,541 — Total number of faculty, students and staff members (military and civilian).
• $450 million — Total annual operations and military salary.
• $270.6 million — Total annual expenditures.


The Naval Postgraduate School offers courses leading to advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including:

Master of Arts

Degrees in identity management and cyber security, management and security studies.

Master of Science

Degrees in aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, applied science, astronautical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, defense analysis, electrical engineering, engineering systems, information strategy and political warfare, information technology management, mechanical engineering, meteorology, meteorology and physical oceanography, modeling virtual environments and simulation, operations research, physical oceanography, physics, systems engineering, software engineering and systems technology.

Doctor of Philosophy

Degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering acoustics, mechanical engineering, meteorology, operations research, physical oceanography, physics, security studies, software engineering and systems management.

Doctor of Engineering

Degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, engineering acoustics and mechanical engineering.

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