I completed this degree and can answer any questions related to it. In brief, you go to class at a remote site 1 day per week for 2 years. It is free except for the cost of books, and takes about 10-20 hours/week of work in addition to class time. You have to go to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA for the first week, but that is the only required on-site time. In order to apply, you have to have 2 years of time on station left from the day you start the program. In addition, your CO has to sign a letter that indicates he/she is willing to give you the time to complete the program and that you are unlikely to deploy during those 2 years. Because of all of these stipulations, essentially you have to apply after arriving at a new duty station or just after getting retoured. If you are in a specialty with frequent deployments, you should have recently deployed. The commitment if you sign up is 3 additional years from the time you quit or complete the program. This commitment has no effect on your medical special pays. The NAVADMIN for the next class is here:
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RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces application procedures for the March 2016 distance learning Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program. The program will be taught in the fleet concentration areas (Norfolk, Washington, DC, and San Diego) and other eligible sites.
2. The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) defense-focused EMBA is a 24-month, fully-funded, part-time graduate program focused on resource management. The program prepares middle to senior grade active-duty officers, lieutenant commander (select) and above, whose career paths do not support in-resident graduate education.
3. The program begins with a one-week temporary additional duty (TAD) resident program at the NPS campus in Monterey, CA. Official travel orders and funding for TAD travel will be provided by the student's parent command. If command funding is not available, students may fund their own travel and utilize no-cost TAD orders from their command. During resident week, students will take a two-credit hour course in managing teams. Additionally, students will interact with the faculty who will be teaching throughout the program and master the skills required to learn via distance learning methods. The NPS program is scheduled for the week of 22-26 February 2016. A block of rooms have been reserved at Navy Lodge, Monterey, CA for attendees. Optionally, the NPS bachelor officer quarters on campus may be utilized on a space available basis. Transportation by bus will be provided to and from the Navy Lodge for daily classes on the NPS campus to minimize TAD costs.
4. NPS faculty use video teleconferencing (VTC), internet, and other distance learning modes to teach the follow-on courses. Students meet in VTC- capable classrooms once a week during normal duty hours for six to seven hours of instruction, taking two classes per quarter for eight quarters. Students enter the EMBA program as a cohort and will take all courses together as a learning team (minimum five personnel). All students must recognize that attending classes with their respective cohort is mandatory to complete the degree requirements. VTC instruction will begin during the week of 28 March 2016.
5. Eligibility requirements include an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited 4-year college or university, academic profile code of 245 (2.6 grade point average or higher on a 4 point scale) and 2 precalculus courses with a grade average of B or better. A commanding officer endorsement letter is required to participate in the program. Department head or similar mid-level management experience and strong potential for promotion are preferred. Participants must have a projected rotation date no earlier than March 2018. The Graduate Management Admission Test is not required.
6. Graduates will be awarded an EMBA degree from NPS and the Navy subspecialty code 3100P, Financial Management Defense Focus. Per reference (a), officers participating in this program must agree to remain on active duty following completion of graduate studies for a period of three years. This obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation already incurred. This agreement does not obligate the Navy to retain the officer on active duty.
7. Officers interested in the EMBA program can visit the NPS EMBA home page for detailed eligibility and application process information. Deadline for the application process is no later than 18 December 2015. The EMBA program homepage can be found at www.nps.edu/emba.
8. Point of contact is the NPS EMBA program office and they can be reached at (831) 656-2562/DSN 756, or fax at (831) 656-3630/DSN 756, or via e-mail at emba(at)nps.edu.
9. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 30 June 2016, whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//
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