Degrees - Physics
The Department of Physics offers the Master of Science and Ph.D. in Applied Physics, as well as the Master of Science in Combat Systems Technology. It also offers the Master of Science and Ph.D. in Engineering Acoustics and the Master of Engineering Acoustics jointly with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A description of the resident degrees is found here.
Distance Learning Degree Program
The Underwater Acoustic Systems curriculum is currently available to Distance Learning students and leads to either a Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics or a Master of Engineering Acoustics depending on whether the student completes a thesis. Students typically take one course per quarter for a period of 8 quarters (24 months) followed by a thesis or capstone project. They must also complete a one-week residency during their first 4000-level physics course to gain experience in experimental techniques. The courses are taught primarily via streaming video or video-teleconferencing (VTC.) Downloadable recordings of the classes are available for students who do not have access to VTC or miss a class. Instructors also use virtual classroom software for problem-solving sessions or individual help. The classes are usually timed to coincide with resident offerings. The course of studies is designed to improve the student's performance in operational, maintenance, and acquisition positions by providing them with a firm background in the fundamental science and engineering of acoustic systems.
The Naval Postgraduate School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
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