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Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) Degree Program

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS)

Program Length: 2 Years

Starts: Fall/Spring

Curriculum #363

 Program Overview

The MSA program is designed to meet the needs of the Navy and other services in the Department of Defense (DoD) for technical graduate education in systems analysis as a basis for aiding key decisions on force requirements, weapon systems, and other defense matters. Students acquire foundation skills and hands-on experience in all aspects of analytical studies, including the skills to:

  • Formulate problems
  • Use the analytical process to design study requirements
  • Highlight critical assumptions
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of applied analytical methodologies
  • Evaluate study recommendations

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

 Program Announcements


Master of Systems Analysis (363) and Systems Analysis Certificate (281)

The Naval Postgraduate School's Department of Operations Research is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for its distance learning Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) degree (curriculum 363), and its distance learning Systems Analysis Certificate (curriculum 281) offered in partnership with the Chief of Naval Operations. Both the degree program and the certificate program begin the week of 28 March 2016. The programs are primarily targeted to Navy Unrestricted Line Officers (URL), and are also open to other uniformed officers, federal civilians, and defense contractor civilians when space is available. These programs are designed to prepare students to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to support key decisions in both operational and staff assignments.

Deadline for application is 5 February 2016. For more information, visit the websites below or contact the NPS Student Coordinator at, the Academic Associate, Dr. Steve Pilnick at, or the NPS Distributed Program Office in San Diego, CAPT Craig Turley, USN, Ret. at

Read the full MSA & SA Certificate Announcement here.

View Systems Analysis Certificate program page.



Quarter 1 Spring/Fall
  • MO1180 - Topics in Mathematics for Systems Analysis
  • OS2080 - Probability and Statistics I
Quarter 2 Summer/Winter
  • OS3080 - Probability and Statistics II
  • OS3380 - Combat Systems Simulation
Quarter 3 Fall/Spring Quarter 4 Winter/Summer
  • OS3211 - Systems Optimization
  • OS4680 - Naval Systems Analysis

(SA Certificate Award Ceremony)

Quarter 5 Spring/Fall
  • MN4053 - Defense Budget and Financial Management Policy
  • OS4011 - Risk Benefit Analysis
Quarter 6 Summer/Winter
  • MN3510 - Defense Financial Management Practice
  • OS3081 - Systems Analysis Cases I
Quarter 7 Spring/Fall
  • MN3221 - Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I
  • OS3082 - Systems Analysis Cases II
Quarter 8 Winter/Summer
  • MN3222 - Systems Acquistion and Program Management II
  • OS4083 - Systems Analysis Cases III

Graduation Week at NPS

 Eligibility and Prerequisites

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians
  • International Students**

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 3 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) Degree Program.

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



Seats not filled by active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers will be made available for open enrollment to other uniformed officers, Department of the Navy and other federal government civilians, and defense contractor civilians under the sponsorship of their organization. The open enrollment tuition for military and government employees is $2,250 per course. The open enrollment tuition for defense contractor civilians is $2,400 per course. Students are required to purchase their own textbooks. For questions about funding transfers, contact Mary Anne Egan, CED3 Administrative Officer at

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

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