The Department of Systems Engineering has six curricula: the resident and distributed learning systems engineering curricula, a systems engineering certificate, a systems engineering analysis curriculum, a systems engineering management curriculum, and a PhD program.
Resident and DL Systems Engineering Curricula:
All NPS masters degree programs in systems engineering consist of a nine course systems engineering core, a four to seven course domain track, and project/thesis.
The curriculum for resident students (580) is sponsored by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and is intended to fulfill their requirements for technical education of Engineering Duty Officers (EDO) based on a defined set of Educational Skill Requirements (ESR) to meet the 5801, 5802, and 5803 p-codes. Three domain tracks of seven courses each are currently predefined by NAVSEA – Combat Systems Engineering, Ship Systems Engineering, and Network Centric Systems Engineering – for these p-codes. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has predefined two domain tracks for their Aviation Engineering Duty Officers (AEDO) that lead to 5804 and 5805 p-codes, one for test pilots, and the other for non-test pilots. Resident students who do not need to meet the 580X series of p-codes can opt for a domain track of seven coherent courses in any area of engineering, operations research, math, science, software engineering, or acquisition based on courses from across the NPS academic departments.
The distance learning curriculum (311) is primarily intended for DoD civilians, but is available to commissioned officers of any of the services, with command sponsorship. The same core of nine systems engineering courses provides the foundation of the degree, with a domain track of four coherent courses in any area of engineering, operations research, math, science, software engineering, or acquisition based on courses from across the NPS academic departments, and a capstone team project or an individual thesis. It is also sponsored by NAVSEA.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Systems Engineering was approved in June 2010. Details are pending. For information contact SEChair@nps.edu.
Other Departmental Programs:
Curriculum 308, the resident Master of Science in Systems Engineering Analysis (MSSEA), is an eight-quarter degree program intended primarily for Navy Unrestricted Line Officers. It is jointly offered by the Departments of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. It is sponsored by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (OPMNAV 8F).
Curriculum 721, the Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management (MSSEM) is a distance-learning program intended for qualified military officers, senior enlisted, federal government civilians and defense contractor civilians. It is Sponsored by NAVSEA.
The Systems Engineering Certificate Program provides the fundamentals of systems engineering to Engineering Duty Officers and other officer communities without requiring the student to enroll in an NPS degree program.
TPS Co-op Program - The cooperative education program with the Navy’s Test Pilot School allows some officers selected for TPS to attend NPS for 5 quarters prior to starting course work at Patuxent River. After completion of TPS school and their final DT-II test plan, students are awarded an ABET accredited Master of Science in Systems Engineering similar to those students in the standard 380 curriculum. TPS Co-op students enter in either July or January.”
Contact the NPS Academic Associates and Program Officers for additional information about these programs:
- Mark Stevens, Curriculum 580
- Dr. Gene Paulo, Curriculum 581/311/282
- Mark Stevens, Curiculum 308
- Ronald Carlson, Curriculum 721