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Academic Programs

 

The Department of Systems Engineering provides rigorous academic degree programs on the conceiving, designing, implementing, and operating large, complex weapon systems.

The degree programs cover the technical activities for the entire system life-cycle.  Students in the Systems Engineering Department are admitted to one of several available curricula.

Curriculum details are provided in the catalog with each one identified by a unique curriculum number:

  • Residential Course Curriculum Numbers are 308, 580 and 522.
  • Distance Learning Course Curriculum Numbers are 311, 312, 711, 721 and 722.

Each curriculum is defined using educational skill requirements and related academic coursework.

For active duty US naval officer students, the successful completion of a curriculum leads to the award of a sub-specialty code, or p-code, and award of a degree in one of the masters programs offered for the curriculum.

For other active duty US military, foreign military, and civilian students, successful completion of a curriculum leads to the award of a degree in one of the masters programs offered for the curriculum. 

Any student study plan leading to award of a degree offered by the SE department must be approved by the Chairman of the Department of Systems Engineering at least two quarters before completion. In general, approved curricula may require more than minimum degree requirements in order to conform to the needs and objectives of the service or agency sponsoring the student.

A specific curriculum must be consistent with the general minimum requirements for the degree program as determined by the Academic Council. 

 

The Systems Engineering Department offers six degree programs:

  • MSSE - Master of Science in Systems Engineering Program

    • Requires an ABET EAC undergraduate engineering degree, or equivalent.

    • Four curricula options (308, 311, 312, 580) allow a student to earn a MSSE degree.

    • The specific course of study leading to the MSSE differs for each curriculum. Refer to the 308, 311, 312, and 580 curricula for details.

    • The MSSE program is ABET EAC accredited.

 

  • MSES - Master of Science in Engineering Systems Program

    • Does not require an ABET EAC accredited undergraduate engineering degree.

    • Three curricula options (311, 312, 580) allow a student to earn a MSES degree.

    • The specific course of study leading to the MSES differs for each curriculum. Refer to the 311, 312, and 580 curricula for details.

    • The MSES program is not ABET EAC accredited.

 

  • MSSEA - Master of Science in Systems Engineering Analysis Program

    • Does not require an undergraduate engineering degree.

    • One curriculum option (308) allows a student to earn a MSSEA degree. Refer to the 308 curricula for details.

    • The MSSEA program is not ABET EAC accredited.

 

  • MSPD - Master of Science in Product Development Program

    • Does not require an undergraduate engineering degree.

    • One curriculum option (721) allows a student to earn a MSPD degree. Refer to the 721 curricula for details.

    • The MSPD program is not ABET EAC accredited.

 

  • MSSEM - Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management Program

    • Does not require an undergraduate engineering degree - a baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is required. Completion of at least two semesters of college algebra or trigonometry is considered the minimum mathematical preparation. For naval officers, an APC of 345 is required for entry. International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.

    • International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.

    • Four curricula options (522, 711, 721, 722) allow a student to earn a MSSEM degree. Refer to the 522, 711, 721, and 722 curricula for details.

    • The MSSEM program is not ABET EAC accredited.

 

  • PhD SE - Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering Program

    • Applicants should possess an M.S. degree in Systems Engineering. Applicants with only a B.S. degree or an M.S. degree in another discipline will be required to take a number of systems engineering courses (equivalent to the coursework portion of an MSSE degree program) to pass the qualifying examinations.

    • Applicants must submit a completed online application form and provide

      • Certified copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Transcripts from NPS are not necessary, but transcripts from other schools may be required of current and former NPS students.

      • Results of a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the past five years. The SE Department Doctoral Committee desires GRE information to support development and improvement of the doctoral program. However, applicants with graduate degrees and solid justification for not taking the exam may request (through the Admissions Office) to submit a proxy letter instead of taking the GRE. The SE Department Doctoral Committee will evaluate such letters to determine if the GRE requirement can be waived. 

      • A brief outline (200 words or fewer) of specific areas of interest within the proposed major field of study. This does not commit the student to those areas. 

      • Two letters of recommendation regarding academic potential. 

      • Current results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English, only for international applicants not currently enrolled at NPS whose native language is other than English or whose primary language of instruction was other than English. For specific test score requirements, see the NPS Catalog section pertaining to “International Students.”

      • Attestation by the student's sponsoring agency or nation that they are committed to tuition and salary support during the student's residence at NPS. 

    • Two curricula options (581, 582) allow a student to earn a Ph.D. degree.

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