cert_hsi BODY

Certificate in Human Systems Integration

Program Length: 1 Year | Starts: Fall | Curriculum: #262

Program Overview

Human Systems Integration (HSI) acknowledges that the human is a critical component in any complex system. It is an interdisciplinary approach that makes explicit the underlying tradeoffs across the HSI domains (and, in particular, manpower, personnel, training, and human factors engineering) to optimize total system performance within the constraints of cost, schedule, and risk.

This program will challenge students to examine how best to integrate human considerations into all phases of the lifecycle of a complex system.

Students will be able to participate in the lifecycle acquisition process as HSI practitioners. They will be able to evaluate system acquisition programs for HSI compliance. Students will also be able to conduct trade off analyses by assessing the contributions of manpower, personnel, training, human factors engineering, environment, safety, survivability, habitability, and health hazards with respect to cost, schedule, risk, and performance.

Program Announcements


HSI Certificate cohorts begin each September

Master of Human Systems Integration (359) and Human Systems Integration Certificate (262)

The Human Systems Integration Program is pleased to announce open registration for the Master of Human Systems Integration (HSI) degree program and the Human Systems Integration Certificate, for all federal government employees (military and civilian) and to defense contractor employees (on a space available basis). The annual deadline for applications is 1 July for the cohort that begins in September.

For more information, visit the websites below or contact humansys@nps.edu.

Read the full Announcement (PDF) here.
View Master of Human Systems Integration Degree program page.




  • OA3411 - Introduction to Human Systems Integration
  • OA3412 - Human Systems Integration in the Acquisition Lifecycle
  • OA3413 - Human Systems Integration Tools, Tradeoffs, and Processes
  • OA4414 - Human Systems Integration Case Studies and Applications


Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians (GS)
  • Enlisted Personnel
  • DoD Contractors
  • International Students**

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 1 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Certificate in Human Systems Integration program.

**International Students: Ensure that you read and understand the eligibility requirements and application process.


  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • GPA of 2.2 or better*
  • At least one pre-calculus course with C- or better
  • Waivers may be considered



$2,500 per student/course.

The Human Systems Integration program allows a small number of defense contractors into the program. Tuition for defense contractors accepted into the HSI Certificate program is $2,500 per student/course. Please refer to the Programs Eligibility and Tuition Letter and the Program Participation Agreement.

Please refer to the tuition page regarding general information on tuition for DL programs. You may also contact the tuition-collection POC for this program directly: Tuition@nps.edu.


Contact Information

For additional information specific to the program, please email the Program Director at HSICertProg@nps.edu.