Master of Cost Estimating and Analysis (MCEA)
Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS)
Program Length: 2 Years
Cost analysts provide services that allow decision makers to accurately estimate the cost of their programs, to compare the cost of alternatives, and to help make informed decisions with regards to prudent resource allocation choices. This program is designed to educate the Cost Estimating Professional. It will help your organization meet government expectations, and ultimately result in cost estimates with greater accuracy and realism. The driving force behind this curriculum is the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, signed by President Barack Obama, which created the Directorate of Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation within the DoD, and increases awareness of cost estimating issues. The MCEA addresses a critical need for personnel as the DoD doubles the number of professional estimators in the near future.
The MCEA program will integrate courses from Operations Research, the Business School, and Systems Engineering to provide an inter-disciplinary curriculum not offered anywhere else in the world.
We hope you will consider joining us in this exciting, vibrant degree program!
The MCEA is a 24-month, part-time distance learning program. Students take two courses per quarter, for eight quarters. The MCEA curriculum will fulfill the education and training requirements for Business-Cost Estimating (BUS-CE) career field certification, DAWIA levels I, II, and III. The Component Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACMs) is the certifying agent for DAWIA levels I, II, and III certification in Business-Cost Estimation.
This program blends web-based, online instruction with video tele-education (VTE), and is tailored to students whose careers will not allow them to participate in a full-time, traditional, on-campus program.
The web-based courses are paced week-to-week by the instructors, but students have the flexibility to do their coursework at times of their choosing during each week. The VTE classes meet at a pre-determined three hour block once per week during the quarter with the concurrence of the student's current command or organization.
The following distance learning delivery method(s) may be used for this program:
Cohort III commenced Spring 2013 and is scheduled to graduate March 2015.
Cohort IV commenced Spring 2014 and is scheduled to graduate March 2016.
Cohort V is now accepting applications for the degree program starting 30 March 2015. Acceptance process will begin November 2014.
MCEA Cohort #2 Graduates
In order, left to right: Kevin Maher (NPS), Dan Nussbaum (NPS), Grant McVicker (AFCAA); Duncan Thomas (NCCA), Nidak Sumrean (NAVSEA), Nancy Spruill (OSD AT&L); Steve Barth (DASA-CE); Morteza Anvari (DASA-CE) and Greg Mislick (NPS)
Kevin Maher, Dan Nussbaum and Greg Mislick with proud graduates from MCEA Cohort #2 at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes on 18 April 2014.
The courses listed below are taken in sequence, two per quarter.
Specific start dates for each quarter are independent of the NPS Academic Calendar. However, the start and end dates will closely align with the NPS Academic Calendar.
Quarter 1 Spring
Quarter 2 Summer
Quarter 3 Fall
- MN4053 - Defense Budget and Financial Management Policy (4-0)
- OS3701 - Cost Estimation I: Methods and Techniques (3-0)
Quarter 4 Winter
- MN3510 - Defense Financial Management Practice (3-0)
- OS4702 - Cost Estimation II: Advanced Concepts in Cost Estimating (3-0)
Quarter 5 Spring
- OS4012 - Cost Estimation III: Risk and Uncertainty Analysis (3-0)
- OS4703 - Systems Engineering for Acquisition Managers (3-2)
Quarter 6 Summer
- SE3100 - Cost Estimation IV: Applied Cost Analysis (3-0)
- OS4080 - Management of Advanced Systems Engineering (4-0)
Quarter 7 Fall
- SI3400 - Cost Estimation VI: Decision Analysis for Cost Estimators (4-0)
- OS4081 - Cost Estimating and Analysis Capstone I (MCEA Thesis Equivalent) (3-4)
Quarter 8 Winter
The following are eligible for this program:
- US Government Civilians (GS)
- US Military Officers
- Enlisted Personnel
- DoD Contractors
- International Students**
**International Students: Ensure that you read and understand the eligibility requirements and application process.
- Baccalaureate Degree
- GPA of 2.7 or better
- A GPA Waiver will be considered based on an applicant’s work.
- Differential and Integral calculus course with C or better average.
$2000 per course per quarter for all Federal Government students; $3000 per course per quarter for all Department of Defense contractor students. Tuition must be paid by your command. Personal checks and the GI Bill may not be used. Commands may pay ahead to meet fiscal year budget concerns as long as their students are funded before a quarter starts.