Graduate Education Opportunities  

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Voluntary Graduate Education Program (VGEP)

The Naval Academy's extensive Graduate Education Program includes both immediate and delayed programs. Midshipmen who have completed Academy course requirements early through any combination of validation and overloading can compete for selection and begin work toward master’s degrees at nearby civilian universities, such as the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Up to 20 midshipmen can participate annually, starting graduate work during their first class year and completing their master’s degree programs within seven months after graduation from the Naval Academy. Fields of study are selected from Navy-approved graduate education programs leading to Navy subspecialty qualification.

The Scholarship Program allows a select number of graduating midshipmen to attend civilian universities both internationally and here in the U.S. Delayed programs include the Navy Burke and Marine Corps Burke Programs. The Olmsted Scholarship allows selected nominees to study abroad at foreign universities three to eleven years after commissioning.


More USNA Graduate Education information is now available on Blackboard. Please log in to the USNA Blackboard system and see the module entitled "Graduate Education Programs" for links to useful information.

Point of Contact:

William Eschbach
Graduate Education Program Manager
572M Holloway Road, 9G
Annapolis, MD 21402-5026
(410) 293-6334
Fax: (410) 293-4884
Email: eschbach@usna.edu

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