In 1981 the Faculty of Navigation and Naval Weapons was grated the rights to award the title of Doctor of Technical Sciences in the field of Technical Studies in Geodesy and Cartography, as well as in the specialization of Navigation. Besides, since 1987 the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering has had the right to award the title of Doctor of Technical Sciences in the field of Construction and Operations of Machines. In the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the OSMW, on the 1st of October 1987, the WSMW (Wyższa Szkoła Marynarki Wojennej, the Naval College) was renamed to Polish Naval Academy (PNA). In this way, it became an Academy, the privileges of which it had had since 1955. Apart from candidates to professional soldiers (midshipmen), the PNA also teaches officers and civilian students in 4 Faculties:
- Navigation and Naval Weapons Faculty (WNiUO)
- Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Faculty (WME)
- Command and Naval Operations Faculty (WDiOM)
- Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty (WNHiS)
Currently the Academy employs 16 Professors, 43 Habilitated Doctors and 81 Doctors. The Celebration Day of the Academy is on the 1st of October. A special event in the history of the Polish Navy and of the Academy was the navigation-training cruise around the world of the ORP Iskra under the command of Commander Czesław Dyrcz. It was connected with the participation in Sail Indonesia '95 (18th of April 1995-10th of February 1996). During the cruise the midshipmen were acquainted with the hydro-meteorological conditions of the Atlantic, Indian, and the Pacific Oceans, visited 19 ports around the world and crossed Cape Horn. The length of the cruise was almost 37 thousand nautical miles. On the 1st of October 1996, for the first time in the history of Polish military schools, civilian students undertook studies in the Academy. Undoubtedly, the opening of the gates of the Alma Mater in Gdynia started a new dynamic period in the development of the Academy. In 1999, for the first time, women were allowed to undertake military studies.
In 2017 the PNA celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Polish Naval schooling. For almost a century it has been created by distinguished specialists, teachers, researchers and educators. Currently it is a state college open to the educational needs of the whole Pomerania region. In the last years during the academic year it taught up to 8000 students, course participants and officers. At the peak, even 1500 students started their education there, and there were almost 4000 BA and MA students. At PNA students and course participants not only gain theoretical knowledge, but also practical skills, since the Academy is equipped with a large number of simulators and laboratories. The students have GMDSS, navigation, ship engines, submarine weapons, and gunnery simulators at their disposal. The most modern (and continuously updated) is the simulator of the navigation bridge. The didactic facilities are supported by modern multimedia-equipped classrooms, a gym, and the most modern library in Pomerania. In summer 2019 the construction of an indoor swimming pool with 8 lanes will be finished, along with a 5 m deep training pool for divers, unique in the whole of Pomerania, assuring the raining for divers and also individual rescue techniques.
Currently, military students are being taught in five fields: navigation, mechanics and machine construction, mechatronics, IT science, and information systems in security. Civilian students have 13 fields to choose from: navigation, IT science, mechanics and machine construction, automatics and robotics, mechatronics, national security, internal security, information systems in security, space and satellite technologies, international relations, military in the system of public services and pedagogics.
Besides, the offer of the Academy involves dozens of post-graduate studies, usually lasting for two semesters, the field of which takes into consideration the needs of the job market. Such are the post-graduate military studies, such as: Navy Tactics (WDiOM), Logistics Handling (WDiOM), and civilian studies, such as: Marine Hydrography (WNiUO), Crisis Management (WDiOM), Satellite Navigation (WNiUO), Security of Personal Data and Confidential Information in International Affairs (WNHiS), Pedagogic Preparation (WNHiS), Education for Security (WNHiS), Diplomacy (WNHiS), Security of Mass Events (WNHiS), NGO Activity in the UE (WNHiS), or Gerontology (WNHiS).
WDiOM is qualified to award the title of doctor and habilitated doctor in the field of Security and conducts 4 year doctorate studies in their field. WME awards the title of a doctor in the field of technical studies: Construction and Operation of Machines, and WNiUO in the field of technical sciences of Geodesy and Cartography.
Finally, the Center of Upgrading Courses (Centrum Doskonalenia Kursowego, CDK) in the WDiOM structure (courses ordered by the Ministry of Defense) and structures like the PNA Training Center (courses according to the STCW 78/95 Convention) and the Foreign Languages Institute (Studium Języków Obcych, SJO) provide courses lasting from one-day-long to a whole semester, in such fields as radar, ARPA, hydrographic of the A and B class, GPS navigational system, marine security GMDSS, fire security, individual rescue techniques, medical and language courses.
The Academy constantly cultivates its rich military, scientific, and patriotic traditions, which are contained in the inscription AMOR PATRIAE SUPREMA LEX which hangs over the main place and uttered in the preamble MORZE, OJCZYZNA, OBOWIĄZEK (SEA, MOTHERLAND, DUTY).