The Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, is an interdisciplinary academic association providing direction and guidance for the Space Systems Engineering and Space Systems Operations curricula. The SSAG is also the focal point for space-related research performed at the Naval Postgraduate School. A major goal of the SSAG is to couple NPS space research efforts with the graduate education of military officers. This is typically done through thesis research topics but also includes the small satellite project which was created specifically for officer student involvement.
Officer students in the Space Systems Curricula fulfill degree requirements for a Master of Science in the department of their choice or in Space Systems Operations. A space-oriented thesis is required as well as additional courses to fulfill the requirements of a space billet. Officer graduates are prepared to manage the technical aspects of a space system life cycle including design, development, installation, and maintenance of spacecraft, space payloads, supporting earth stations, terminals, and C3 connectivity.
The NPS Undersea Warfare curriculum offers students the opportunity to study the fundamental principles that apply to the design, performance, and employment of sensors, unmanned vehicles, and tactics in the undersea environment. The program combines electrical and mechanical engineering, mathematics, oceanography, physics, and operations research into a multi-disciplinary program of study. This unique curriculum permits students to select a degree program based on personal interests and undergraduate education, providing more in-depth study in a specific area.
Students select their major, earning a Master of Science degree in any of a number of topics including Engineering Acoustics, Applied Math, Physics, Physical Oceanography and Engineering. Admission into some degree programs may be restricted based on undergraduate degree, but enough variety in degrees exists to match most officers’ goals and interests. In addition to an MS degree, US Naval officer students earn a 6301P subspecialty code and Phase 1 JPME certification.
The NPS METOC program is 10 quarters (2.5 years) long and yields you an MS degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography plus a 6401P subspecialty code. Students take a series of courses in both disciplines and a thesis is required. USAF and PhD programs focus on one discipline and allow for concentrated study in a particular area. The Meteorology and Oceanography departments at NPS boast world class faculty and cutting edge research. Most students enjoy working with our excellent faculty and find their time here to be very rewarding.