Distance Learning Frequently Asked Questions
How are the classes taken?
While investigating this program, it became apparent that most officers would not be able to complete a degree taking only courses offered during our normal academic quarters; fall (Oct-Dec), winter (Jan-March), spring (April-Jun) and summer (July-Sept). We examined packaging courses that students could take anytime, and even courses that could be taken while not in communication with an instructor, e.g. while on patrol. This is the asynchronous type of course. However, we will also offer more traditional distance learning courses. We intend on offering three types of courses
- Synchronous VTE. These are the same courses that are provided to NR. We plan to feed these to Bangor in summer of 2007. Not all students will be able to start with these, because they are more advanced, e.g. 4000 level. But for students ready (BSME) and able (not deployed) this option will be available. Faculty will teach 9 or the 11 weeks in Monterey and make two (2) trips to Bangor and DC to be on site for lectures to meet with the students.
- Asynchronous Course Packages. These are under development and will notionally consist of taped (DVD) lectures, PowerPoint w/audio, text books, software, workbooks, etc. We have on-campus students that will help us de-bug these courses; however, we anticipate difficulty in students learning an entire course without interaction. If they are stuck on a concept, it may not be possible for them to move past it.
- Third Party Courses. We will seek agreements with other Universities, having high quality ME distance learning programs, such as the University of Washington and Georgia Tech, We will pay for these courses. Generally students can take one (1) course with out formally applying to the school.
What is Sakai?
Sakai is a software system that enables instructors to develop their courses in an organized password protected environment. In this learning support system, you can view varied course content and use the asynchronous and synchronous communication tools for collaborative work. See also the Sakai Support Page.
How flexible is the program?
In addition to the convenience of accessing the course material any time or location, you have the additional flexibility of sitting out a quarter if necessary due to military duty requirements, family commitment, or other vital personal situation.
What are the time requirements? How long will it take to complete the certificate program? Can I take more than one course at a time?
Each course is about 12-weeks long, or one academic quarter. Taking more than one course at a time is not recommended. These are full graduate level courses, very robust, time intensive (12-15 hours per week), and require completed assignments. It is also an added time commitment to work, family, etc.
What are the costs to my command and/or myself?
The MSES-ME program is fully funded graduate education. Books will be issued for the duration of the program. A computer may be required.
Can I pay for the course or program out my own pocket or use Tuition Assistance?
Sorry, no. NPS is not permitted to accept funds from individuals nor can you use tuition assistance to pay for NPS courses or programs.
Are there any prerequisites or eligibility requirements for enrollment?
Graduate of the Officer’s Naval Nuclear Power School, and a command endorsement.
What is the application process?
Complete an online application found here and submit.
What dates do the quarters normally begin?
Quarters usually begin on or about the first week of January, April, July and October. Please check the OCL Program Schedule for availability and more specific start and end dates.
How can I obtain a copy of my NPS transcript?
You may obtain a copy of your NPS transcript from the Registrar's office by following the instructions found at: http://www.nps.edu/Academics/Admissions/Registrar/Transcripts/Transcripts.html.