Manpower Systems Analysis - Department of Defense Management

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Manpower Systems Analysis

Manpower Systems Analysis

(Curriculum 847)

The Manpower Systems Analysis 847 curriculum teaches US and international military officers to combine economic insights with data analytics to optimize talent management. The program equips students to critically analyze policies affecting the entire life cycle of a service member ---from recruiting to retirement, and everything in between, including training, assignment, performance evaluation, attrition, retention, and promotion. The curriculum culminates in a thesis answering current manpower policy problems of interest to the Chief of Naval Personnel, USMC M&RA, and international stakeholders. Students learn about manpower systems and develop data analysis skills including advanced statistical analysis for differentiating “causal” versus “correlational” relationships, data visualization, and machine learning for prediction with big data.

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U.S. and international officers.

Requirements for entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is required. Completion of at least two semesters of college algebra or trigonometry is considered to be the minimum mathematical preparation. Additional preparation in calculus and statistics is advisable. An Academic Profile Code (APC) of 345 is required for entry. International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements. Prospective students electing MSA as a curriculum must be adequately prepared by their undergraduate course work and comfortably oriented to a quantitatively and analytically rigorous graduate curriculum.

Delivery Mode


Entry Dates


Program Length

Seven Quarters - 21 months


Master of Science in Management degree


Completion of this curriculum qualifies an officer as a Manpower Systems Analysis Subspecialist, subspecialty code 3130P. U.S. Marine Corps officers qualify for MOS 9640.

Typical Subspecialty Jobs

  • Military Personnel Policy and Career Progression (N13)
  • Joint Manpower Management Branch, JCS (J-1)
  • Manpower Resources Branch, Director Total Force Programming/Manpower (N12)
  • Manpower and Training Analyst, DCNO (Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessment (N801D)
  • Manpower Plans, COMCDRPAC/COMCDRLANT (N1)
  • Naval Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC)
  • Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, BUMED
  • Marine Corps MCCDC and M&RA
  • Headquarters - United States Marine Corps Manpower & Reserve Affairs (M&RA)
  • Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC)

Curriculum Sponsor

  • OPNAV,N-1, Chief of Naval Personnel and Subject Matter Expert,
  • OPNAV, N14, Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis.
  • Military Personnel Plans and Policy and Headquarters - United States Marine Corps (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)

Contact Information

Academic Associate: Marigee Bacolod,
Program Officer: CDR Matthew Geiser, USN,

Applications for this program are handled through the Admissions Office at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Apply now through the Admissions Office.