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Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) Degree Program

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS)

Program Length: 2 Years | Starts: Fall/Spring | Curriculum: #363


Program Overview

The MSA program is designed to meet the needs of the Navy and other services in the Department of Defense (DoD) for technical graduate education in systems analysis as a basis for aiding key decisions on force requirements, weapon systems, and other defense matters. Students acquire foundation skills and hands-on experience in all aspects of analytical studies, including the skills to:

  • Formulate problems
  • Use the analytical process to design study requirements
  • Highlight critical assumptions
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of applied analytical methodologies
  • Evaluate study recommendations

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

Video-Tele-Education (VTE)

Program Announcements



The application period is now open for the September 2019 start of the Master of Systems Analysis DL degree program. See Call for Applications for additional information.

For Fall quarter 2019, apply online by 5 July 2019. Follow-up with official transcripts and signed Participation Agreement.

In addition to the MSA degree, Navy officers also earns the 3210P Operations Research Analysis subspecialty code, and become eligible to be detailed to 3211-coded Operations Research Analysis – Analysis and Assessment billets. 

NEW! The MSA degree is now also one of the master’s degrees identified for detailing to 6511P-coded Requirements Management billets per NAVADMIN 228/17. 



Full Curriculum here: 

Quarter 1 Spring/Fall

MO1180 - Topics in Mathematics for Systems Analysis
OS2080 - Probability and Statistics I

Quarter 2 Summer/Winter

OS3080 - Probability and Statistics II
OS3380 - Combat Systems Simulation

Quarter 3 Fall/Spring

OA4702 - Cost Estimation
OS3680 - Naval Tactical Analysis

Quarter 4 Winter/Summer

OS3211 - Systems Optimization
OS4680 - Naval Systems Analysis

(SA Certificate Award Ceremony)

Quarter 5 Spring/Fall

MN4053 - Defense Budget and Financial Management Policy
OS4011 - Risk Benefit Analysis

Quarter 6 Summer/Winter

MN3510 - Defense Financial Management Practice
OS3081 - Systems Analysis Cases I

Quarter 7 Spring/Fall

MN3221 - Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I
OS3082 - Systems Analysis Cases II

Quarter 8 Winter/Summer

MN3222 - Systems Acquistion and Program Management II
OS4083 - Systems Analysis Cases III

Graduation Week at NPS


Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians
  • International Students**

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 3 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) Degree Program.

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




Seats not filled by active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers will be made available for open enrollment to other uniformed officers, Department of the Navy and other federal government civilians, and defense contractor civilians under tuition sponsorship by their organization or agency. The open enrollment tuition for other service military, government civilians, and defense contractors is $2,250 per course. Students are required to purchase their own textbooks. NPS is required to have a Support Agreement (DoN Form 7600A or DD1144) in place with each government funding sponsor prior to acceptance of funding documents.  For questions about funding transfers and tuition due dates, or to inquire if a Support Agreement is already in place, email

Contact Information

For additional information specific to the program, please email the Program Director at

For general questions about CED3 supported programs, please email the CED3 Student Coordinator at