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Systems Engineering and Integration of Naval Weapons Systems Certificate

Program Length: 1 Year | Starts: Quarterly | Curriculum: #174

Program Overview

The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in Combat Engineering and Integration of Naval Weapons Systems for distance learning (DL) students. The certificate is designed to introduce students to critical weapons concepts that are necessary for examination and analysis of both technology development and military planning. The overall emphasis is on what elements contribute to a combat system, their basic principles of operation, their performance limitations, trade-offs, and their interfaces with the platform and other systems. Students are introduced to the nature of physical observables and propagators, the effects of the propagation medium on sensor performance, the relationship between signals and noise, and the characteristics of critical sensor functions (including detection, estimation, imaging, and tracking).

Students then apply systems engineering principles to understand design and operation of combat sensor systems. Sensor technologies covered include radars, ESM, active and passive sonar, infrared, and electro-optical sensors. Target engagement topics include conventional weapons effects (artillery, bombs, and missiles) as well as the technologies needed by weapons systems to create those effects. Finally, techniques for integrating sensor systems and engagement elements into a common platform, including technology development, system development and integration, network integration, and system of systems integration are presented, including engineering analysis of interfaces for power, data, mechanical, and other attributes; engineering change management; advanced collaboration environments; technology readiness levels; and integration risk mitigation.

This certificate also serves as a Tier 3 “track” certificate in the SE Department’s stackable certificate MSSE Degree program.

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Certificate Requirements

Required Courses

All students must take:

Course Number Title Lecture Hours Lab Hours
SE3121 Command & Control Systems 3 2
SE3122 Naval Weapons Systems Technology I 3 2
SE3123 Naval Weapons Systems Technology II 3 2
SE4115 Combat Systems Integration 4 2



Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • Active Duty US Military Officers
  • US Government Civilians (GS)
  • Active Duty Enlisted Personnel
  • DoD contractors
  • International Students

Requirements for Entry

For entry, students must have at least a C+ undergraduate grade point average, with a lower level Calculus sequence with a C or better and a calculus-based physics sequence with a B average or above (APC 234). If an officer is an outstanding performer but lacks the necessary academic preparation, the Naval Postgraduate School offers refresher and transition courses before the program start.


There are no graduate level prerequisite courses, but any additional undergraduate coursework in advanced math or engineering science is beneficial.



$2,750 per student/course.

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Contact Information

For additional information specific to the program, please email the Program Officer at or the Academic Associate at