For the Certificate in Systems Analysis (Curriculum 281) Program and Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) Program (Curriculum 363)
The reason behind the GPA prerequisite is to establish a minimum level that is deemed necessary to successfully take and pass the graduate-level courses in this curriculum.
A waiver of the academic GPA cut-off may be granted if there is strong justification concerning why the student can be expected to succeed in the curriculum even if the GPA minimum isn’t satisfied.
Process for requesting a waiver:
- Online Application. The applicant should include a request for the GPA waiver in the comments section of the DL application. The request should include justification. Justification might include a plausible explanation of the lower GPA, strong on-the-job professional performance, professional training and experience, and/or exceptional motivation.
- Command Endorsement. If the applicant requests a GPA waiver, then the applicant’s command endorsement should comment on the waiver request and make a recommendation. The command might cite strong professional performance and/or exceptional motivation.
Generally, the Calculus prerequisite will not be waived.
The reason behind the Calculus prerequisite is to establish a minimum level that is deemed necessary to successfully take and pass the graduate-level, mathematics-based courses in the Systems Analysis curricula.
Calculus isn’t a nice-to-have, it is a prerequisite for some of the course work. If the prospective student has no previous calculus whatsoever, NPS could not grant a waiver. The Systems Analysis curricula are technical programs and are mathematics-based. Some courses have significant content based on calculus concepts. Specifically, the most critical concepts are derivatives, integration, natural logarithms, and the natural exponential function. It isn't so much that the student has to be able to take a derivative of a function by hand, or compute an integral, but it is important to understand what they are in order to learn the fundamentals in the Systems Analysis curricula courses.
Workaround – An applicant can still get into one of the Systems Analysis curricula and succeed even if they never had calculus in the past! Think of calculus as a speed bump rather than a road block. Instead of a four course SA Certificate sequence think of it as a five course sequence. Instead of sixteen courses for the MSA, think of it as seventeen courses. The extra course in each case is calculus. An applicant can take differential and integral calculus from any regionally accredited college or university, either locally or through an accredited DL program. NPS may also offer calculus by distance learning. Check the NPS DL website for more information.
Rare waiver situations -- A waiver of the C or better in calculus academic eligibility requirement is possible in some case-by-case situations. Justification for a waiver would have to establish why the student can be expected to succeed in the program even if the calculus minimum isn’t satisfied. A conceivable calculus waiver situation might be a Finance major who got by with a C minus in calculus, but had also taken and done well in non-calculus math and finance courses, and who is currently taking a non-credit calculus refresher. Another situation might be a student who had had high school AP calculus and also demonstrated exceptional academic motivation and performance in other quantitative and science courses. There is a reasonably good chance that that student will succeed in the Systems Analysis core courses, so NPS could grant the waiver.
Process for requesting a waiver:
- Online Application. The applicant should include a request for the Calculus waiver in the comments section of the DL application. The request should include justification.
- Supporting Documentation. If the applicant requests a Calculus waiver, then supporting documentation must accompany the request if the pertinent facts are not already included in the applicant’s official college transcripts.