Student Resources

General Student Information

This page and the information below is intended to help the prospective, new and current students of the department.

If you can't find what you're looking for, please be sure to use the search box located at the right. Contact us if you still need help.

Thesis Overview

The thesis is the most important part of your graduate education. While the course work lays the foundation by providing analytical methods and tools, it is the thesis that provides to you the opportunity to use this knowledge in a new, original and creative manner. During your thesis research you will be able to consolidate what you have already learned, and possibly extend this by further self-study, and to use this body of knowledge to attack a new problem. The thesis will hopefully be your crowning achievement of your graduate study, and will be your introduction to the community of scholars.

Read the entire Thesis Overview.

"Technical References: How to find them, read them, and use them." This presentation describes the process for finding and using technical references at the Naval Postgraduate School. These skills are vital for the successful completion of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation at NPS. Reading this material is highly recommended for all students, but particularly for those just starting their graduate research.

Literature Search Skills (PDF).

Thesis Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Thesis FAQ page has commonly asked questions and answers which may contain the info you're looking for. Examples include how to select a topic, find thesis advisors, and more tips on getting started.

Click here for Thesis Frequently Asked Questions.


The following matrices are provided as samples. See your Academic Associate and Program Officer for details.

Forms and Links


MAE students in Total Ship Systems Engineering review a rendering of a future ship at the Wayne E. Meyer Institute.


Degree Requirements

Please visit the Academics pages for details on all MAE degree requirements.

Additional Questions

Please email the ME Academic Associate for any further questions.

Other Useful Website Resources

  • NPS Campus Map
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  • NPS PAO Photo Gallery
    The NPS Public Affairs Office maintains a photo gallery to help make people aware of what's happening on campus. 
  • Remote Access to NPS
    Remote access tools and software which let you securely connect to NPS from home or the road.