Program Objectives

Resident Programs

The Systems Engineering Department offers three resident Masters Level degrees and one PhD degree. NPS is mission funded to provide tuition-free graduate education to active duty naval officers (USN and USMC), on a space available basis.  Additional course fees may be required.  All others need to be financially sponsored by their command or company.

Additional information for prospective students is available on the Office of Admissions webpage. Contact the academic or program officer for the programs for additional information.

​​​​​Program Educational Objectives

The overall educational objective of the Systems Engineering program is to support the NPS mission by producing graduates who have, at an advanced level, knowledge and technical competence in systems engineering and an application domain; and who can use that knowledge and competence to support national security.  Specific program objectives (i.e., skills and abilities that graduates can bring to their position after having graduated from NPS and receiving 3-5 more years of on-the-job training and professional development) are:

  • Technical Leadership: Graduates will be known and respected for applying their engineering knowledge in leadership roles along diverse career paths in government service.
  • Program Management:  Graduates will be known and respected for their research, design, development, procurement, integration, maintenance, and life-cycle management of systems for defense and national security.
  • Operational Utilization:  Graduates will be known and respected for their application of systems engineering in diverse military settings and understand its capabilities and limitations.


Contact NPS Program Officers for additional information about these programs: