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Systems Analysis Certificate (SA) Program

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS)

Program Length: 1 Year | Starts: Fall/Spring | Curriculum: #281


Program Overview

Systems Analysis examines systems to better understand them. This understanding is then used to determine and choose between alternatives for system improvement and employment.  Students learn and apply modeling, optimization, simulation, and decision making under risk and uncertainty.  Systems Analysis provides key insights for the improved operation of existing complex defense systems.

The Certificate Program consists of four, fully-accredited courses delivered entirely online in a one-year period. The course content and projects will challenge the student academically and address current problems of interest to the Department of Defense. The courses are paced week-to-week by the instructors, but the students have great flexibility to do their coursework at times of their choosing during each week

Skills learned in this certificate program will sharpen your ability to rapidly analyze a situation and more easily make a difficult decision based on facts.  This background will make you a better department head, a better staff officer, and ultimately, a better commander.

The following distance learning delivery method(s) may be used for this program:




Program Announcements


Master of Systems Analysis (363) and Systems Analysis Certificate (281)

The Naval Postgraduate School’s Department of Operations Research is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for its distance learning Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) degree (curriculum 363), and its distance learning Systems Analysis Certificate (curriculum 281) offered in partnership with the Chief of Naval Operations.  Both the degree program and the certificate program begin the week of 25 September 2017.  The class sizes are limited to 25 students.  The programs are primarily targeted to Navy Unrestricted Line Officers (URL), and are also open to other uniformed officers, federal civilians, and defense contractor civilians when space is available. These programs are designed to prepare students to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to support key decisions in both operational and staff assignments.  The curriculum sponsor is CNO N81, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Assessment Division.

Deadline for application is 5 July 2017. For more information, visit the websites below or contact the NPS Student Coordinator at CED3StudCoord@nps.edu, the Academic Associate, Dr. Steve Pilnick at spilnick@nps.edu, or the NPS Distributed Program Office in San Diego, CAPT Craig Turley, USN, Ret. at cwturley@nps.edu.

Read the full MSA & SA Certificate Announcement here.

View Master of Systems Analysis Degree program page.


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OS4680 - Naval Systems Analysis


Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians (GS)
  • Enlisted Personnel
  • International Students**

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 1 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Systems Analysis Certificate (SA) Program.

**International Students: Ensure that you read and understand the eligibility requirements and application process.



Seats not filled by active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers will be made available for open enrollment to other uniformed officers, Department of the Navy and other federal government civilians, and defense contractor civilians under tuition sponsorship by their organization or agency. The open enrollment tuition for other service military, government civilians, and defense contractors is $2,250 per course. Students are required to purchase their own textbooks. NPS is required to have a Support Agreement (DoN Form 7600A or DD1144) in place with each government funding sponsor prior to acceptance of funding documents.  For questions about funding transfers and tuition due dates, or to inquire if a Support Agreement is already in place, contact Mary Anne Egan, CED3 Administrative Officer at ced3bursar@nps.edu.

Please refer to the tuition page regarding general information on tuition for DL programs. You may also contact the tuition-collection POC for this program directly: CED3Bursar@nps.edu


Contact Information

For additional information specific to the program, please email the Program Director at SACertProg@nps.edu.

For general questions about CED3 supported programs, please email the CED3 Student Coordinator at CED3StudCoord@nps.edu.