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The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is a fully accredited research university operated by the United States Navy. It is located in Monterey, California, which grants masters degrees, engineers degrees and doctoral degrees. The school also offers research fellowship opportunities at the postdoctoral level through the National Research Council research associateship program.
On 9 June 1909, Secretary of the Navy George von L. Meyer signed General Order No. 27, establishing a school of marine engineering at Annapolis, Maryland. On 31 October 1912, Meyer signed Navy General Order No. 233, which renamed the school the Postgraduate Department of the United States Naval Academy.
Today, the school has over 40 programs of study including highly regarded M.S and PhD programs in electrical and computer engineering (NRC Ranking 68), mechanical and astronautical engineering (NRC Ranking 30), systems engineering (ABET accredited and USNWR ranked 21st in the U.S.), space systems and satellite engineering, physics, oceanography (NRC Ranking 22), meteorology, applied mathematics, computer science (NRC Ranking 83), operations research, business and public policy (AACSB and NASPAA accredited, US News ranking 45), international relations, and other disciplines, all with an emphasis on military applications.The Space Systems Academic Group of the school has graduated thirty-three astronauts, more than any other graduate school in the country.