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Graduate & Professional

Being a part of America's Navy doesn't mean giving up your plans for a master's, doctorate or other graduate degree. What it does mean is that you'll have access to additional ways to reach those goals, working in an environment where advanced education is both supported and encouraged.

Additionally, the Navy is affiliated with a number of graduate-level institutions offering advanced degrees in health care, law and other fields to all servicemembers who may qualify for reimbursement.

Postgraduate Degrees

Now more than ever, the Navy needs highly educated individuals to carry out critical research, strategic planning and other initiatives that are vital to its overall mission. Continuing education and postgraduate programs exist to help qualified servicemembers keep on the leading edge in their respective fields. That could mean attending an accredited institution operated by the Navy. It could involve conducting graduate study elsewhere with the help of Navy funding. Either way, the end goal is the same: empowering individuals like you while strengthening today’s Navy.

Check out some of the graduate and professional programs available to you in the Navy. And be sure to contact a recruiter if you need more information.

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

If you’re an Active Duty Officer in the Navy, you may be able to take advantage of anything from master’s-level coursework to Ph.D. programs to fellowship opportunities available through the world-renowned Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

From operations and logistics management to oceanography, information sciences to national security affairs, the Naval Postgraduate School offers first-class graduate degree programs in a variety of disciplines, in multiple departments, administered through four primary graduate schools:

Graduate School of Business and Public Policy

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences

School of International Graduate Studies

Visit the Naval Postgraduate School site.

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Learn more about the Navy’s educational programs.

Medical Education Programs

Physicians, dentists and nurses. Health care administrators, health care scientists and clinical care providers. If you’re drawn to any of these occupational areas, the Navy offers a variety of programs that can help finance your graduate-level professional schooling all the way through residency (if applicable). After which, you’ll begin a fulfilling occupation as an Officer and professional serving in the world of Navy Health Care.

Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

HPSP covers 100% of the cost of medical school, dental school or qualifying postgraduate school tuition, plus offers a monthly stipend of $2,179 to cover living expenses for up to four years. Beyond that, medical school and dental school candidates can get a sign-on bonus of up to $20,000.

The specifics of this offer depend on specialty area, so go to the health care careers section, select the position that interests you and check out the education opportunities area on that page for details. Be sure to contact a recruiter if you need more information.

Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP)

HSCP provides anywhere from $157,000 to $269,000 while finishing medical school, dental school or qualifying postgraduate school. That includes a monthly salary and housing allowance from $3,280 to $5,610 for up to 48 months of your program (housing allowance may vary depending upon location).

Note that it’s also possible to get military pay and additional benefits that are competitive with many entry-level management positions for up to 24 months while still in school for some master’s programs and for up to 36 months for various Ph.D. programs.

The specifics of this offer depend on specialty area, so go to the health care careers section, select the position that interests you and check out the education opportunities area on that page for details. Be sure to contact a recruiter if you need more information.

Financial Assistance Program (FAP)

FAP provides potentially over $275,000 during a typical four-year medical or dental residency. That includes a $45,000 annual grant on top of any residency program-based salary – plus a monthly stipend of $2,157 to cover living expenses for up to four years.

The specifics of this offer depend on specialty area, so go to the health care careers section, select the position that interests you and check out the education opportunities area on that page for details. Be sure to contact a recruiter if you need more information.

Offers for Practicing Health Care Professionals (Active Duty)

Practicing physicians, dentists, nurses and select health care specialists interested in Active Duty service may qualify for incentives ranging from sign-on bonuses to loan assistance through the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP).

The specifics of these offers depend on specialty, service requirement and availability, so go to the health care careers section, select the position that interests you and check out the education opportunities area on that page for details on Active Duty service. Be sure to contact a recruiter if you need more information.

Offers for Practicing Health Care Professionals (Reserve)

Practicing physicians, dentists, nurses and select health care specialists interested in Reserve service may qualify for incentives ranging from specialty pay to sign-on bonuses to loan assistance through the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP).

The specifics of these offers depend on specialty, service requirement and availability, so go to the health care opportunities section, select the opportunity that interests you and check out the financial offers area on that page for details on Reserve service. Be sure to contact a recruiter if you need more information.

Are you a current or aspiring medical student?

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If so, here are free diagrams that can help you memorize key elements of the human anatomy.

Download the Navy Medical Student Study Guide.

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Legal Education Programs

If you are interested in practicing law in one of the world’s most exclusive law firms, becoming a lawyer and Officer in the highly esteemed Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps is an opportunity like no other.

And the rewards go beyond the distinguished experience of practicing law with global impact. By your fifth year of service, you can potentially receive up to $60,000 over and above the competitive salary and benefits you’ll already earn. This is money that many JAG Officers use to pay off student loans. In addition, the Navy may even pay for you to get your master of laws degree (LL.M.) in any of four specialties: military law, international law, environmental law and trial advocacy.

Learn more about opportunities for attorneys in the Navy. Be sure to contact a recruiter if you need more information.

Chaplain Education Program

If you are interested in pursuing your religious calling in the Navy, the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program (CCPO) offers a whole new dimension of faith-based service.

Through this program, you can be commissioned as a Navy Officer while you finish your theological studies at an accredited seminary or graduate school. Completing this program qualifies you for significant pay advantages once you enter Active Duty. You’ll also receive on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a Navy Chaplain.

Learn more about Chaplain opportunities in the Navy. Be sure to contact a recruiter if you need more information.

Answer the call to serve God and country while you’re still in school.

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