Degrees - Resident - Department of Defense Management
Resident students make the most out of a 12-month course of study that minimizes time spent away from the operational field and concludes with a focused final project that delivers tangible outcomes for the defense management community.
The Department of Defense Management offers Master of Science degrees in five areas for resident learners:
Defense Contract Management
The Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding reviews the official document that will formally transfer ownership of the littoral combat ships.(U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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Defense Financial Management
Graduate courses cover topics such as financial reporting standards, cost standards, cost analysis, budgeting and financial management, internal control, auditing, management planning and control systems, strategic resource management, quantitative techniques used in planning and control, system acquisition and program management, and the Planning Programming, Budgeting Execution System (PPBES) used within the Department of Defense.
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Defense Logistics Management
Sailors move supplies aboard USS Tripoli (LHA 7) during a vertical replenishment with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Malcolm Kelley)
The 12-Month Defense Logistics Management curriculum provides foundational education in all aspects of the logistics function. Students can extend their program to 15 months, 18 months, or longer by adding Joint Professional Military Education courses or elective academic certificates.
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Manpower System Analysis
Sailors aboard USS Spruance (DDG 111) conduct a replenishment-at-sea with USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor Crenshaw)
The Manpower Systems Analysis Curriculum (MSA) leading to the MSM degree is designed for U.S. and international officers. Officers enrolled in the Manpower Systems Analysis curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School undertake the challenge of an academic program designed to fill leadership and analytical roles in military manpower personnel, training, and education management. MSA subspecialists are responsible for developing and analyzing policies to ensure that the Navy and DoD are recruiting, training, utilizing and retaining personnel in the most efficient and effective ways possible. The MSA curriculum emphasizes mathematical, statistical, and other quantitative and qualitative analysis methods. Successful completion of the curriculum yields an officer skilled in conducting manpower personnel, training, and education policy analysis.
Areas covered in the MSA curriculum include an understanding of manpower, personnel, training, education policy development, managing diversity, compensation systems, enlistment supply and retention models, manpower training models, manpower requirements determination processes, career mix, enlistment and reenlistment incentives, training effectiveness measures, and hardware/manpower trade-offs. Students gain familiarity with current models and methods of manpower analysis and economics as well as military manpower organizations, information systems and issues. The curriculum directly supports the Navy Human Resource Community of Interest.
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Systems Acquisition Management
The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and the guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf sail with an Italian navy destroyer ITS Caio Duilio during operations in the Adriatic Sea, Sept. 19, 2022. (Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Christine Montgomery)
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