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Graduate school program at USNA

Harryshin289Harryshin289 Posts: 12Registered User New Member
edited January 2012 in Naval Academy - Annapolis
Hi, im a candidate for USNA, and i just found out it's tough to get into graduate school
im planning to apply to Harvard graduate program after the academy, but there are only limited spot for USNA to allow people to go to graduate school

do i need ocntract extension, or am i still on active duty while im graduateschool.
if im active duty i can spend two years as NAVY while in graduate school and obligated to spend next 4 years as a real officer?

im confused, please help me out
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Replies to: Graduate school program at USNA

  • NorthernCalMotherNorthernCalMother Posts: 239Registered User Junior Member
    Harryshin, I'm not sure I understand your question, but if you want to go to Harvard directly out of a bachelor's program, I don't think USNA is for you.

    I think you're asking about VGEP (Voluntary Graduate Education Program), which sends about 20 graduating Midshipmen directly to master's programs @ cooperating institutions. When my son (class of '11) entered VGEP, it was limited to DC area schools -- Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, GW, U of Maryland, American, etc. He's treated as active duty while studying (ie, paid), but VGEP did not extend his military commitment -- just delayed its start. VGEP is very competitive, and only seems possible if you've waived a couple USNA classes and/or taken summer credits. Son actually started his master's classes during the 2nd semester of his 1/C (senior) year @ USNA; not certain, but I think that timing is the norm (which would explain limiting it to DC area -- he still had a couple USNA classes as well).

    If you're talking about entering a grad program after you've completed your initial military commitment, yes, it would extend your service. I think the rule of thumb is 2 more years of service for every year of education.

    There's also IGEP, Immediate Graduate Education Program, but that's strictly for the nuclear submarine and surface communities @ the Naval Postgraduate School. Also a very small number of graduates go directly to medical school, but I think you'd have mentioned medical training if that's what you have in mind.

    You may find some answers here:
    http://www.usna.edu/AdminSupport/Notices/1000-1999/NOTICE%201520.pdf
    ... or it may just leave you more confused.

    If I didn't answer your question, would you restate it?
  • Harryshin289Harryshin289 Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    so how many years does your son has to serve after graduate school progrm?
  • NorthernCalMotherNorthernCalMother Posts: 239Registered User Junior Member
    Same as other USNA grad's -- 5 years (actually, it'll be a little over 5 yrs as he's a Marine and they have a slight training delay).
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