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Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) Degree Program

Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS)

Program Length: 2 Years | Starts: Fall/Spring | Curriculum: #363


Program Overview

The MSA program is designed to meet the needs of the Navy and other services in the Department of Defense (DoD) for technical graduate education in systems analysis as a basis for aiding key decisions on force requirements, weapon systems, and other defense matters. Students acquire foundation skills and hands-on experience in all aspects of analytical studies, including the skills to:

  • Formulate problems
  • Use the analytical process to design study requirements
  • Highlight critical assumptions
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of applied analytical methodologies
  • Evaluate study recommendations

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

Video-Tele-Education (VTE)

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 Systems Analysis Certificate program page.


Full Curriculum here: 

Quarter 1 Spring/Fall

MO1180 - Topics in Mathematics for Systems Analysis
OS2080 - Probability and Statistics I

Quarter 2 Summer/Winter

OS3080 - Probability and Statistics II
OS3380 - Combat Systems Simulation

Quarter 3 Fall/Spring

OA4702 - Cost Estimation
OS3680 - Naval Tactical Analysis

Quarter 4 Winter/Summer

OS3211 - Systems Optimization
OS4680 - Naval Systems Analysis

(SA Certificate Award Ceremony)

Quarter 5 Spring/Fall

MN4053 - Defense Budget and Financial Management Policy
OS4011 - Risk Benefit Analysis

Quarter 6 Summer/Winter

MN3510 - Defense Financial Management Practice
OS3081 - Systems Analysis Cases I

Quarter 7 Spring/Fall

MN3221 - Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I
OS3082 - Systems Analysis Cases II

Quarter 8 Winter/Summer

MN3222 - Systems Acquistion and Program Management II
OS4083 - Systems Analysis Cases III

Graduation Week at NPS


Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians
  • International Students**

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 3 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) Degree 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.

Contact Information

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

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