Students enrolled as Midshipmen in the Navy Officer Education Program who receive a scholarship or advanced standing placement and successfully complete required courses and receive a degree from either the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) or Eastern Michigan University will be commissioned as officers in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program have a wide range of job and career opportunities. Navy officers may choose duty assignments in the surface, aviation, submarine, special warfare or nursing communities. Marine Corps officers may choose duty assignments in aviation, infantry, armor or artillery specialties. After graduation, all commissioned officers receive additional training in their prospective fields.

Program Length

The program normally includes eight terms of course work. A military obligation is incurred at the beginning of the sophomore year for scholarship students. Non-scholarship students may enroll in the College Program and take ROTC courses without incurring a military obligation. College Program students may be considered for scholarship in their first- or second-year in the program. Students must first be nominated by their respective N.R.O.T.C. advisor, endorsed by the Professor of Naval Science, and approved by Naval Service Training Command. All scholarships are funding-dependent, and are based upon academic and athletic performance, as well as military aptitude and the competition is with the other N.R.O.T.C. units nationwide. If not selected for a scholarship or advanced standing by the end of the second-year in the program, students must be disenrolled from the R.O.T.C. program.

Financial Benefits and Scholarships

Scholarships cover tuition, lab fees, books, uniforms, and provide a monthly stipend for a length of two-five-years of study. For a more detailed description of the available financial benefits and scholarships consult the Naval ROTC website and the Naval Education and Training Command website. Most students who enter the program as freshmen have received four-year scholarships based on national competition. As mentioned above, any other student may join the program through the College Program. These students will participate in the same way as the scholarship students. The only exception will be the absence of financial benefits. Additionally, the Navy offers several other scholarship opportunities. Immediate scholarships for up to 3.5 years may be awarded to students pursuing degrees in engineering and related fields. College program students may earn 3.5, 3 or 2 year scholarships through the Navy Officer Education Program at the University along with continuing to apply through the national selection board. Finally, students who wish to join the program for two years may apply for two-year scholarships during the winter of their sophomore year. Criteria for eligibility vary based upon program; details are available from the program chair.

Course of Study

Students enroll in Naval Science (NS) courses during each term of participation in the program. Additionally, all students are required to complete course work in calculus, calculus-based physics and other required courses. Students also participate in a four to six-week summer training exercises during periods between academic years.

Military Obligation

Newly commissioned officers incur a minimum of five years of active duty service obligation. Aviation officers incur minimum active duty of up to 10 years.

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Course descriptions are found on the College of Engineering website and at the LSA Course Guide.

Note: The courses listed herein are offered primarily for the students participating in the program; however, they are open to, and may be taken by, any University – enrolled student. Not all of them are accredited.