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The Department of Systems Engineering has six curricula: the resident and distributed learning systems engineering curricula, a systems engineering certificate, a systems engineering analysis curriculum, a systems engineering management curriculum, and a PhD program.

The Department of Systems Engineering provides strong academic programs which span the engineering disciplines and the analytical sciences. These disciplines are blended together with a strong emphasis on naval systems engineering applications.

The Systems Engineering program supports the NPS mission by producing graduates who have, at an advanced level, knowledge and technical competence in systems engineering and an application domain; and who can use that knowledge and competence to support national security.   

The SE Department offers six degrees in several programs of study. The two Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) degree programs are ABET EAC accredited, and are offered either in residence or as distributed learning. The other degree programs, Master of Science in Engineering Science (MSES), Master of Science in Systems Engineering Analysis (MSSEA), Master of Science in Product Development (MSPD), Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management (MSSEM), and the Systems Engineering Ph.D. are not ABET EAC accredited.

In 2013, the Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) Degree Program graduated 37 students and there were 98 students on board at the end of the year.

In 2013, the Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) Distributed Learning (DL) Degree Program graduated 136 students and there were 325 students on board at the end of the year.

Educational Objectives

Specific program educational objectives (i.e., skills and abilities that graduates can bring to their position after having graduated from NPS and having received 3-5 more years of on-the-job training and professional development) are:

     Technical Leadership: Graduates will apply their engineering knowledge in leadership roles along diverse career paths in government service.

     Program Management: Graduates will perform research, design, development, procurement, integration, maintenance, and life-cycle management of systems for defense and national security.

     Operational Utilization: Graduates will apply systems engineering in diverse military settings and understand its capabilities and limitations.

Student Outcomes

In order to achieve the goals for the SE masters programs, the outcomes are to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. This includes the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve operational, technical, and engineering problems in systems engineering and related disciplines using the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice, including modeling and simulation. These problems may include issues of research, design, development, procurement, operation, maintenance or disposal of systems and processes for military applications.
  • Demonstrate an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs incorporating appropriate engineering standards within multiple realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and lifecycle sustainability. Demonstrate proficiency in the application of systems engineering methods and processes, including systems thinking, stakeholder needs analysis, concept of operations, requirements definition and analysis, functional analysis and allocation, human systems integration, design, architecture, lifecycle support, lifecycle cost, systems assessment, trade-off, selection, and test and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in core skills of systems analysis, to include an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data and to perform deterministic and stochastic modeling of systems, optimization, decision analysis, risk analysis, economic modeling, and lifecycle supportability analysis. This includes familiarity with combat simulations and combat modeling.
  • Demonstrate an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams working as a team member or leader in an authentic systems engineering project through both individual and team level contributions. Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal skills and communications. Demonstrate competence in the planning and management of authentic systems engineering projects.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively through written and oral presentation of technical material.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Demonstrate a recognition of, the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning and a knowledge of contemporary issues.

SE Degrees

There are six degrees offered under the Systems Engineering department’s five curricula, 308, 311, 580, 581, and 721.

Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org)

  • The candidate shall have completed work equivalent to the requirements of this department for the ABET EAC Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline. Candidates who have not majored in engineering, or who have experienced significant lapses in continuity with previous academic work, may initially take undergraduate courses in engineering and mathematics to fulfill these requirements in preparation for their graduate program.
  • The Master of Science in Systems Engineering requires a minimum of 48 quarter-hours of graduate level work.
  • The candidate must take all courses in an approved study program, which must satisfy the following requirements: there must be a minimum of 36 quarter-hours of credits in 3000 and 4000 level courses, including a minimum of 16 quarter-hours at the 4000 level. The course work must include the four core SE courses.
  • The candidate must complete a thesis or a 12-hour equivalent team systems engineering project. This degree is offered both in residence and non-residence forms.

Master of Science in Engineering Systems

  • A candidate shall have earned the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • The Master of Science in Engineering Systems requires a minimum of 48 quarter-hours of graduate level work.
  • The candidate must take all courses in an approved study program, which must satisfy the following requirements: There must be a minimum of 36 quarter-hours of credits in 3000 and 4000 level courses, including a minimum of 16 quarter-hours at the 4000 level. The course work must include the four core SE courses.
  • The candidate must complete either a 12-hour equivalent team systems engineering project or an individual thesis. This degree is offered both in residence and non-residence.

Master of Science in Product Development

  • The candidate shall have earned the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • The Master of Science degree in Product Development requires a minimum of 48 quarter-hours of graduate level work.
  • The candidate must take all courses in an approved study program, which must satisfy the following requirements: there must be a minimum of 36 quarter-hours of credits in 3000 and 4000 level courses, including a minimum of 16 quarter-hours at the 4000 level. The course work must include a four-course core in systems engineering methods. Additional courses must be selected from an approved list.
  • The candidate must complete an approved thesis.

Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management

  • The candidate shall have earned the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
    The Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering Management requires a minimum of 48 quarter-hours of graduate level work.
  • The candidate must take all courses in an approved study program, which must satisfy the following requirements: there must be a minimum of 36 quarter-hours of credits in 3000 and 4000 level courses, including a minimum of 16 quarter-hours at the 4000 level. The course work must include a four-course core in systems engineering methods. Additional courses must be selected from an approved list.
  • The candidate must complete an approved thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • The Department of Systems Engineering offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Systems Engineering.  Students take graduate level course in systems engineering (as needed to pass the oral and written qualifying examinations), advanced graduate courses in systems engineering and an application domain, and perform research that leads to a dissertation involving some aspect of systems engineering.  Research topics may be selected from a broad variety of studies of the systems engineering process, applications of systems engineering to solving complex problems, systems level modeling and simulation, and systems suitability assessment.  Subject to approval of the student's dissertation committee chairman, dissertation research may be conducted away from NPS at cooperating facilities.  
  • Students must satisfy a one-year residency requirement.  This may be met by completing an NPS M.S. degree plus periodic extended stays (nominally two weeks per quarter) at an NPS campus spread throughout the duration of the student's program.  The M.S. degree may be completed before enrollment in the Ph.D. program.
  • Applicants should possess an M.S. degree in Systems Engineering.  Applicants with only a B.S. degree or an M.S. degree in another discipline will be required to take a number of systems engineering courses (equivalent to the coursework portion of an MSSE degree program) to pass the qualifying examinations.  Unless an M.S. thesis and any other ABET EAC accreditation requirements are also satisfied, an M.S. in Systems Engineering degree will not be awarded for this preparatory work.
  • Applicants without an M.S. degree are encouraged to enroll in the M.S. in Systems Engineering program as this will satisfy both residence and preparation requirements.

 

Resident and DL Systems Engineering Curricula:

The curriculum for resident students (580) is sponsored by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and is intended to fulfill their requirements for technical education of Engineering Duty Officers (EDO) based on a defined set of Educational Skill Requirements (ESR) to meet the 5801, 5802, and 5803 p-codes.  The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has predefined two domain tracks for their Aviation Engineering Duty Officers (AEDO) that lead to 5804 and 5805 p-codes, one for test pilots, and the other for non-test pilots. Resident students who do not need to meet the 580X series of p-codes can opt for a domain track of seven coherent courses in any area of engineering, operations research, math, science, software engineering, or acquisition based on courses from across the NPS academic departments.

The distance learning curriculum (311) is primarily intended for DoD civilians, but is available to commissioned officers of any of the services, with a domain track of four coherent courses in any area of engineering, operations research, math, science, software engineering, or acquisition based on courses from across the NPS academic departments, and a capstone team project or an individual thesis. 

 

Other Departmental Programs:

Curriculum 232, the DL Lead Systems Integrator Certificate Program

Curriculum 282, the Systems Engineering Certificate Program provides the fundamentals of systems engineering to Engineering Duty Officers and other officer communities without requiring the student to enroll in an NPS degree program. 

Curriculum 311,  the DL Systems Engineering Non-Resident Masters Degree Program (MSSE and MSES)

Curriculum 308, the resident Master of Science in Systems Engineering Analysis (MSSEA), is an eight-quarter degree program intended primarily for Navy Unrestricted Line Officers. It is jointly offered by the Departments of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. It is sponsored by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (OPMNAV 8F).

Curriculum 581, the hybrid Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Systems Engineering

Curriculum 721, the DL Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management (MSSEM) is a distance-learning program intended for qualified military officers, senior enlisted, federal government civilians and defense contractor civilians. 

TPS Co-op Program -  The cooperative education program with the Navy’s Test Pilot School allows some officers selected for TPS to attend NPS for 5 quarters prior to starting course work at Patuxent River.   After completion of TPS school and their final DT-II test plan, students are awarded an ABET accredited Master of Science in Systems Engineering similar to those students in the standard 380 curriculum.   TPS Co-op students enter in either July or January.”

 

Contact the NPS Academic Associates and Program Officers for additional information about these programs:

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