Aviation Systems Engineering Program

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 2 years | Starts: Spring/Fall | Curriculum: #312


Program Overview

The Aviation Systems Engineering Program provides graduates of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (provided they hold an ABET undergraduate engineering degree, or can establish equivalency) or Master of Science in Engineering Systems (all others) with an Aviation Systems specialization leading to a 5804P subspecialty code. The program is delivered by distance learning and builds upon the USNTPS academic and flight test instruction, with the student's USNTPS final flight test project and report (DTII) serving in lieu of a thesis, and will provide the advanced systems engineering knowledge, tools and skills necessary for the graduate to be successful as a class desk systems engineer in a Naval Aviation Systems Command (NAVAIR) mission billet.

The following distance learning delivery method(s) may be used for this program:

Video-Tele-Education (VTE)
Face to Face

Program Announcements



The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Systems Engineering in partnership with the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School is pleased to announce the offering of a two year Aviation Systems Engineering (ASE) Non-Resident Master’s degree for USNTPS graduates commencing Tuesday, 30 March 2021. The program is open to all qualified uniformed officers, federal civilians, defense contractors and internationals.


Click here to view the Program Schedule and the 312-213 announcement (pdf)

Click here to view the tuition letter (pdf)


Aviation Systems Engineering (ASE) Non-Resident Master’s degree for USNTPS graduates commencing Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

All official transcripts must be received by 06 January 2020.


Program Schedule

Click here to view the Program Schedule and 312-203 Announcement (pdf) 


Academic Year 2021

Academic Quarter 

Program Starts
(Sponsor/Cohort Code)                                              

USNTPS Graduates Only

Cohort 312-213O

Domain Track: Aviation Systems

01/08/2021 03/30/2021





The program is designed to build upon the USNTPS academic instruction and final flight test project and report. Students are given 10 quarter-hours of transfer credit (4 at the 3000-level and 8 at the 4000-level) for the USNTPS academic curriculum and their USNTPS final flight test project and report (DTII) serves in lieu of a thesis.

To be considered for this degree, a student must meet the degree requirements and complete all the requirements of the curriculum. Completion of an approved study program includes:

  • A minimum of 36 quarter credit hours of 3000 and 4000 level courses, 16 of which must be at the 4000 level.
  • A four-course core in systems engineering fundamentals and methods.
  • Completion of an approved team systems engineering project or an individual thesis.

The 312 curriculum meets these degree requirements through an approved course of study requiring:

  • Eight NPS DL courses, which include four systems engineering fundamentals and methods core courses (31 credit hours – see course list below)
  • Award of 10 total credit hours for TPS courses equivalent to NPS courses (SE3303, SE4353, and SE4115) toward degree requirements.
  • Submission of the required Develop-mental Test – II student project from TPS for review and approval as the thesis equivalent.

Upon entry into the program students will typically enroll in one course per quarter to be taken via distance learning. All requirements must be completed within three calendar years from entry. A typical course sequence would include:

SE3100 - Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
SE3011 - Engineering Economics and Cost Estimation
SE3302 - Systems Suitability
SI3400 - Fundamentals of Engineering Project Management
SE3250 - Capability Engineering
SE4150 - Systems Architecting and Design
SE4151 - System Integration and Development
SE4353 - Risk Analysis and Management for Engineering Systems


Eligibility and Admissions Standards
Entrance into this program is restricted to graduates of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) curriculum, currently a 48-week program. All entrants will be Board selected by NAVAIR and the Director of USNTPS in coordination with the NPS program academic team. All nominees will be instructed to apply for the program through the NPS online admissions site and to send official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended plus US-NTPS records for determination of academic acceptance.

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 3 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Master of Aviation Systems Engineering Program.


  • USNTPS graduates with an approved DTII report required for either degree
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering- ABET undergraduate degree or equivalent with a minimum 2.2 GPA
  • Master of Science in Engineering Systems- Bachelors degree with min of 2.2 GPA and at least one (1) college calculus course


Click here to view the tuition letter.  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:

Contact Information
For additional information specific to the program, please e-mail the Academic Associate or Program Officer at: Academic Associate, Wally Owen, DPA, Code SE, Bullard Hall, Room 201J,

Program Officer, Ron Carlson, Professor of Practice, NAS Patuxent River, MD,

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