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Engineering Acoustics - Masters Degree Program

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 27 Months

Starts: Summer

Curriculum #535

 Program Overview

Successful maritime dominance and port security depend on a workforce which understands the principles of sonar engineering. Sonar systems are deployed from surface, air, submarine and (more recently) unmanned platforms in countless different forms to detect, classify, localize, track, and neutralize submerged targets. Due to the unique military relevance of engineering acoustics, NPS has long been a leader in this field. The ECE and Physics Departments have an interdisciplinary degree program at both the Masters and Ph.D. level in Engineering Acoustics dating back to the early 1970's. These degrees address the Navy's continuing need for DoD personnel educated in the fundamental science and engineering underlying sonar systems.

Students in the Engineering Acoustics curriculum can choose between two degree options, the Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics (MSEA) which requires the completion of a thesis or the Master of Engineering Acoustics (MEA) which substitutes a capstone course for the thesis.

The Distance Learning (DL) Engineering Acoustics program brings the strength of the resident courses together with proven DL technology and faculty expertise to deliver unique degree programs in engineering acoustics.

The following distance learning delivery method(s) may be used for this program:

 Program Announcements

Applications are currently being accepted from students who wish to start the program in July 2014.  Program starts require a minimum of 25 students.  Otherwise, applications will be held for possible admission during the following year.



Quarter 1 Summer

  • PH3119 - Waves and Oscillations
Quarter 2 Fall
  • PH3451 - Fundamental Acoustics
Quarter 3 Winter Quarter 4 Spring
  • PH4454 - Sonar Transducer Theory and Design

Note: During this quarter a one-week residency is required to gain familiarity with experimental techniques.

Quarter 5 Summer
  • EO2402 - Intro to Linear Systems
Quarter 6 Fall Quarter 7 Winter
  • EC4450 - Sonar Systems Engineering
Quarter 8 Spring
  • PH4455 - Sound Propagation in the Ocean

Quarter 9 Summer

 Eligibility and Prerequisites

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Government Civilians
  • DoD Contractors
  • International Students**
  • Active Duty Navy personnel unable to attend resident programs may be considered

Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 3 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Engineering Acoustics - Masters Degree Program.

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


  • Bachelor of Science in engineering or physical science
  • GPA of 2.2 or better
  • Completion calculus through differential equations with an average of C+ or better
  • Completion calculus-based physics sequence with an average of C+ or better


$2500 per student/course for DoD and $3000 per student/course for international students and contractors.

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

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