Welcome to the College of Distance Education

Contact us at cde@usnwc.edu

The College of Distance Education (CDE) represents the Naval War College’s outreach program. We exist to provide executive-level education to officers of the various military services and to senior Department of Defense and other Federal employees. We offer three delivery methods: faculty-led evening seminars, a web-enabled program, and a CD-ROM based correspondence program. These courses mirror, to a large degree, the program of study offered to resident students at the College’s Newport campus. The quality of our CDE programs has been called "the best of any service college." You may find that they are more rigorous and academically demanding than many off-duty educational experiences elsewhere. So if you want to work hard, learn a lot, and earn graduate credit, a diploma, and Joint Professional Military Education (Phase I) credit, and possibly even a master's degree . . . this may be the program for you!  
In addition, CDE offers Online Professional Military Education (PME) courses via Navy Knowledge Online. These courses are available 24/7, afloat and ashore, and are self-paced to accommodate our students’ busy schedules. The online continuum consists of the following courses:  Primary PME (E7 to 04), Basic PME (E4 to E6), and Introductory PME (E1 to E4). While primarily designed to address PME at key career milestones, courses can be taken at any time. Curriculum concentrates on both navy and joint learning areas to develop our Sailors and Junior Officers into well informed maritime advocates and effective joint operators/staffers.
We are proud of our programs and truly believe that they can make a difference in your success in future assignments! If you’re looking for a challenge, with clear rewards at the end of the line... we may be what you are looking for! I invite you to think about what we offer and contact us if you need more information.
L.W. "Walt" Wildemann
Dean, College of Distance Education


The mission of the College of Distance Education is to develop and administer an extension of the education program of the College of Naval Command and Staff to nonresident military officers and selected government employees. We are committed to: 
* Providing an opportunity for students to obtain a Naval War College diploma by completion of a Fleet Seminar or web-enabled Correspondence Course program paralleling the educational quality of the resident program.  
  • Providing the student a graduate-level faculty of the highest caliber.  
  • Supporting the educational needs of all of our students.  
  • Meeting the objectives of the Military Education Policy Document.  
  • Achieving quality and continuous improvement.

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