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We offer Masters of Science degrees in the following areas:  Note: Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in most of these same areas.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Provides students with the technical foundation necessary for the research, design, development, procurement, maintenance, and management of electronic systems. Students will gain hands-on experience on cutting-edge war fighting technologies that impact all facets of defense--from electronic warfare, robotics, to computer communications network defense.
Areas of concentration: Communication System; Computer systems; Electronic Warfare Systems; Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems, Electromagnetic Systems; Power Systems; Signals Intelligence Systems.

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics is the foundation for which all sciences begin. It is the language of science and a tool for solving all engineering problems. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for all matters of problem solving from operation research to modeling and simulation. Students will be working jointly with other departments and assisting in various defense research projects with critical analysis and developing models/formulas.
Skills/knowledge gained: Students will develop skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity of math and its applications to defense—such as mine warfare, satellite, combat modeling, nanotechnology, encryption codes, and many others.

Mechanical & Astronautical Engineering
Students will gain an understanding of the role that engineering and technology have in military operations environment. Emphasis is on naval engineering and its applications to surface vessels, submarines, and spacecraft.
Skills/knowledge gained: The ability to identify, formulate, and solve technical and engineering problems in mechanical and astronautical engineering and other engineering disciplines—examples: thermal-fluid sciences, structural mechanics, ship systems engineering, spacecraft designs, and others.

Premier program in military atmospheric science. Program has six state of the art research facilities. Recent research has enhanced various amphibious and strike warfare operations worldwide. Examples of exciting new research: How the atmosphere affects use radars and lasers, and many others.
Skills/knowledge gained: Understanding of the science of meteorology (such as: tropical cyclone motion, weather predictions, coastal meteorology, and others) and using meteorological data and models to support weather-dependent operations.

Program is aimed at providing students with: 1) an understanding of the science of physical oceanography, that is, the important role the ocean plays in defining the earth’s current climate and; 2) developing their technical expertise in using oceanographic and acoustic data and models in support of the Navy’s sea operations and undersea warfare.
Skills/knowledge gained: Curriculum and research projects further students’ ability to analyze and forecast ocean variability for Navy operations. Studies facilities: research vessels and research labs at Monterey Bay.

Physics explores matter, energy, and its interactions. It is the keystone in the development of new technology relating to combat systems and others. NPS is the Navy’s first choice in providing its officers with broad technical and scientific background in combat systems.
Skills/knowledge gained: An understanding of the technical areas of physics (such as acoustics, applied electromagnetic/optics, and weapons) which prepares our graduates for their next assignments—test and evaluation officers, project managers, directors of development, and system integration coordinators.

Space Systems
Program was founded in 1982 in response to DoD's increasing dependence on space systems for navigation, communications, and intelligence gathering. Thus far, program has graduated the largest number of astronauts in the world.
Skills/knowledge gained: Program teaches not only the conceptual ideas about space systems, but “hands on” engineering as well—students will design, develop, and construct a satellite or a space system. In the process, students learn what questions to ask during life-cycle development and how to conduct spot checks.

Systems Engineering
Systems engineering focuses on the development of large and complex systems—how do all the parts work together in an integrated system given the precise specification of the structure and behavior?
Skill/knowledge gained: 1) Understanding of engineering methods and its application to problem solving—such as how to make a radar work effectively in a destroyer; and 2) understanding of the spectrums of systems engineering—life-cycle, analyses and integration of systems, balancing resources to ensure completion in a timely manner through hands-on research projects (with Navy sponsors).

Engineering Acoustics
Engineering Acoustics is interdisciplinary, with courses and laboratory work drawn principally from the fields of physics and electrical engineering. Although broadly based, the emphasis of the programs is on those aspects of acoustics and signal processing applicable to undersea warfare. These programs are designed specifically for students in the Combat Systems Sciences and Technology (533), Undersea Warfare (525/526), and Engineering Acoustics (535) curricula, government employees in acoustics-related laboratories and systems commands, and international students.
Skill/knowledge gained: generation, propagation and reception of sound in the ocean; military applications of underwater sound; and acoustic signal processing and communications.

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