LOW-RESIDENCY GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAM:
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REF/A/DOC/OPNAV INSTRUCTION 1520.23C-CH3//
REF/B/DOC/DOD INSTRUCTION 1322.10//
AMPN/REF A IS NAVY DIRECTIVE ON GRADUATE EDUCATION.
REF B IS DOD INSTRUCTION 1322.10, POLICY ON GRADUATE EDUCATION FOR MILITARY
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the Low-Residency Graduate Education Program
(LGEP) pilot for Academic Year (AY) 2020 and provides guidance for
2. LGEP provides naval officers in paygrades O-2 to O-5 with a Navy-funded
graduate degree opportunity in strategy, management and international
relations through a low-residency delivery model at selected regionally
accredited partner universities or colleges. LGEP fulfills the requirement
for in-residence graduate education for promotion to O-7.
3. The LGEP pilot program will offer studies that are designed to fit into
shore duty tours, allowing officers with compressed career paths to stay
close to the waterfront or flight line while earning a Master's degree. LGEP
study programs range from 10-24 months at partner universities that may
include Old Dominion University, William and Mary, American University, Johns
Hopkins University, University of California Los Angeles, University of
California San Diego, University of Washington, and the Naval Postgraduate
4. Participants will remain at their duty stations and spend limited time on
campus, completing the remainder of the course material online or via phone.
Additional LGEP information and frequently asked questions are provided at
5. The application window will close 2 August 2020. Up to 80 participants
will be selected for AY 2020. Target applicants are due-course warrior
scholars who display all the qualities of dedicated career officers who
aspire to command. The number of LGEP participants may expand in subsequent
6. Qualified candidates will meet the following prerequisite education and
work experience criteria: O-2 to O-5, a Bachelor's degree from an accredited
college or university, and a history of strong academic performance
demonstrated by college transcripts.
7. To apply, candidates must submit the following information to
OCLO@navy.mil by 2 August 2020: command endorsement, applicant biography,
academic transcripts from all previous undergraduate education and/or higher
education including transfer credits, a statement of purpose explaining how
the applicant would use the education to benefit the Department of the Navy,
and a list of the applicant's top five preferred study programs. GRE/GMAT
scores are not required.
8. Applicants will be matched with school programs based on factors
including geographic location, career progression, prioritized student
program preference, and individual school graduate program academic
9. Applicants will first apply to LGEP and, if selected, then go through an
expedited application process with the selected partner school. Unofficial
copies of transcripts will be accepted for the initial application to LGEP,
but students will need to submit official transcripts and additional
information to their prospective university?s graduate program.
10. Per references (a) and (b), students selected for LGEP will incur a
concurrent service obligation of three times the number of months spent in
the program, up to a maximum of a three-year obligation. The service
obligation will commence upon completion of or withdrawal from the program,
and will be incurred whether or not the member successfully completes LGEP.
11. LGEP selectees will be announced by 13 August 2020. This program will be
centrally funded, covering tuition, required books, travel, and materials.
Selected participants will be responsible for computer access to the Internet
to participate in online assignments and web-enabled interactions with
instructors and other students.
12. Points of contact:
a. Dr. Kendy Vierling at (703)254-9110/email:
b. Specific application and program information is provided at
c. Submit applications to OCLO@navy.mil via encrypted email or the SAFE
tool at https://safe.apps.mil/.
13. This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
14. Released by Vice Admiral S. B. Munsch, Deputy Chief on Naval Operations
for Warfighting Development (N7)//