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Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Certificate Program

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 15 months

Starts: Spring

Curriculum #274

 Program Overview

Certificate in ASW Fundamentals

The curriculum for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Certificate Program supports the needs of the Navy in ASW, and complements existing warfare ASW training and qualification.

The ASW Certificate Program provides a science and engineering foundation which covers fundamental concepts in four areas: Physical Oceanography, Signal Processing, Operations Research, and Engineering Acoustics. These subjects are the educational cornerstone for this highly interdisciplinary certificate program.

Anti-Submarine Warfare encompasses multiple disciplines. The ASW Certificate is a distance Learning curriculum that consists of four fully accredited courses delivered in the Asynchronous and Collaborate format as described in our list of modes of instruction. Offered over a one-year period, these courses develop critical analytic skills and understanding of fundamental principles applied in ASW.

Naval officers who complete the ASW Certificate can receive the 6301L code to document their achievement.

 Program Announcements

New applications for the March 2014 class are no longer being accepted.  If you have already submitted a complete application with transcripts and participation agreement, we will be contacting you sometime during the next few weeks to let you know whether it was approved and whether you can start this year.   If the seats are full, we'll ask if you want to roll your application to next year.

New applications should be submitted for the March 2015 class.  

For information about the specific start dates for the listed quarters, please refer to the NPS Academic Calendar.


  • PH3401 - Introduction to the Sonar Equations
  • OC2930 - Introduction to Oceanography for Undersea Warfare
  • One quarter break
  • EO3404 - Applied Signal Processing
  • OS3680 - Naval Tactical Analysis

 Eligibility and Prerequisites

The following are eligible for this program:

  • Active Duty US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians (GS)
  • Active Duty Enlisted Personnel
  • DoD contractors
  • International Students**

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 1 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Certificate Program.

**International Students: Ensure that you read and understand the eligibility requirements and application process.


  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • A working knowledge of single-variable calculus
  • Calculus-based Probability


The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) program is sponsored by N97 for qualified DoD applicants. There is no tuition required from DoD students or their commands. ASW also allows a small number of defense contractors and international students into the program at a cost of $2500 per student/course.

The cost for textbooks and software is approximately $300.

Please refer to the tuition page regarding general information on tuition for DL programs. You may also contact the Tuition-collection POC for this program directly:

 Contact Information

For additional information specific to the program, please email the Program Director at

For general questions about CED3 supported programs, please email the CED3 Student Coordinator at

 NPS Follow-on Resident Program(s):

Undersea Warfare Curriculum (525)

Students with an ASW Certificate are well positioned to continue their education and professional development by pursuing a Masters degree through Undersea Warfare (USW) curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).   The Undersea Warfare Curriculum educates officers in the engineering fundamentals, physical principles and analytical concepts that govern operational employment of undersea warfare (USW) sensors and weapons. The USW program is interdisciplinary and integrates many subjects: acoustics, electrical, and mechanical engineering; mathematics; oceanography; physics; operations analysis; and unmanned systems.

Students in the Undersea Warfare Curriculum can choose from a variety of technical degrees including:

  • Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics
  • Master of Science in Physical Oceanography
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Operations Research
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Applied Physics

This curriculum is designed to allow the student to meet all of the requirements for Navy PME (as established by the Chief of Naval Operations) and for Joint PME (as established by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff) for Intermediate Level Professional Military Education.

Typical Subspecialty Jobs:

  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center
  • Naval Air Warfare Center
  • Submarine Development Squadron Twelve
  • Program Executive Offices
  • Patrol Wing Staffs
  • Carrier Group Staffs
  • Naval Air Systems Command
  • Naval Surface Warfare Development Group
  • Destroyer Squadron Staffs
  • Fleet Mine Warfare Training Center
  • Operational Test and Evaluation Force

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