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Energy Academic Programs at NPS

Our energy curricula respond to a SECNAV mandate to construct a world-class energy education program at the Naval Postgraduate School. It was his intent that NPS explore and research means of enhancing national security through a reduction of the demand for energy; expansion of energy supply options; and consideration of energy consumption and the associated costs and logistics challenges in all decisions about strategic planning, structuring, equipping and posturing the force. To achieve these energy goals, the nation needs a cadre of energy professionals knowledgeable in energy science, technology, policy, management and analysis. This is the need that NPS' energy programs, both graduate degree programs and academic certificates, were created to fulfill.

Graduate Degree Program

Four graduate degree programs at NPS offer energy specialty tracks. Theseenergy specialty tracks are built around a common set of energy core courses, along with energy electives that allow students some measure of freedom to personalize the program of study to his/her specific interests. These defense-focused tracks are designed to provide officers and DoD civilians an advanced education in interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, analysis and technical expertise within the energy realm.

As the energy tracks are embedded within four existing degree programs, the graduate will earn a degree in a traditional area of study, with a specialty in energy. Select a curriculum of interest below for more information on that program's requirements.

NPS Energy Curricula

  • Operations Analysis
  • Naval/Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Financial Management

Academic Certificates

NPS also offers an academic certificate in energy. The Academic Certificate Program in energy is designed to support the SECNAVs energy goals, in educating those who are resident at NPS but are  not directly detailed into the energy programs, or those who do not have the opportunity to attend NPS.  Students can work toward the certificate while in residence at NPS or soon, via distance learning.

The certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 3-4 graduate courses (minimum 12 credit hours), of which at least 9 credit hours must be at the graduate level. The core course of all certificates is PH-3700 Fundamentals of Energy. It considers the basics of energy technology as well as exposes students to the wider range of issues within energy. Other courses are elective, but should fall within one of three focus areas: Energy (General); Energy (Science & Technology); or Energy (Policy & Analysis). Students may select from the relevant courses available during the quarter(s) of enrollment. Each student's required course work is developed individually under the direction of the cognizant Academic Associate.

Students may begin their course of study in any academic quarter. Courses from which students may choose, include:

Science & Technology (S&T)

  • EN3000 Defense Energy Seminar (two consecutive offerings)
  • EC3110 Electrical Energy for Defense: Present and Emerging Technology
  • EC3240 Renewable Energy at Military Bases and for the Warfighter
  • ME4101 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • ME4231 Advanced Turbomachinery
  • ME4251 Engine Design and Integration
  • ME4420 Advanced Power & Propulsion
  • ME4731 Engineering Design Optimization
  • ME4901 Combustion, Biofuels, and Optical Diagnostics
  • MS4410 Advanced Energy Materials

Policy & Analysis (P&A)

  • EN3000 Defense Energy Seminar (two consecutive offerings)
  • GB4070 Energy Economics
  • MN3810 Fundamental Issues in Energy Technology Adoption
  • NS4053 Energy Policy & Strategy
  • OS3007 Operations Research for Energy Systems Analysts
  • OA4613 Energy Logistics in Warfare Operations

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Application Process

Use the link below to begin the application process, there you will find:

  • Eligibiliity requirements
  • Online application form
  • How to submit transcripts 

Go to application

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"This energy-focused master's degree program will target both the current and future leadership of the Navy and Marine Corps. NPS will ensure that energy is a fully-integrated awareness into strategy, tactics and operations. As a result, NPS students will guide the Navy and the nation toward a better, more secure energy future."

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