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Space Systems Certificate Program (SS)

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 1 year | Starts: Fall/Spring | Curriculum: #273

 

Program Overview

Space assets are essential to modern warfare. The Space Systems Certificate provides the foundation to understanding the integration of space capabilities across combined armed forces, involving networks, sensors, and weapons. The certificate course sequences covers MILSATCOM, remote sensing, physics of the space environment, and orbitology, providing knowledge, and insight to exploit the combat advantage provided by current and future space-based resources.

Knowledge and analytical skills acquired in the program will prepare students to advocate USN/DoD interests in significant National Security Space Organizations, drive participation in joint processes for space system architecture and requirements development, prioritize the resources necessary to formulate and defend operational requirements for space, and engage in partnerships with other military services and agencies, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and Defense Information Service Agency (DISA), to achieve naval space goals.

Students who complete the certificate will be awarded the 6206-L Space Systems Operations subspecialty code.

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

Asynchronous


Certificate Program

The Space Systems Certificate program (273) is a 12-month, part-time program, with one course offered per quarter for four consecutive quarters, delivered asynchronously using web-based instruction (ONLINE).  The web-based courses are paced week-to-week by the instructors, but students have great flexibility to do coursework at times of their choosing during each week.

The Space Systems Certificate is designed to broadly expose students to the role of space systems in the DoD and to give them skills and tools that they can immediately apply in current assignments requiring critical thinking and analytical skills.  Navy officer graduates receive a 6206-L subspecialty code, Space Systems Operations.  Significant portions of the Navy Space Cadre PQS are also covered. 

A new Space Certificate class is scheduled to begin each Spring and Fall quarter. The programs can be delivered virtually anywhere to any qualified applicant. 

 

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Program Announcements

Call for Applications: Space Systems Certificate Program

Commencing the week of 2 April 2018 (curriculum 273)

The Naval Postgraduate School’s Space Systems Academic Group is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for its distance learning Space Systems Certificate (curriculum 273).  The certificate program begins the week of 2 April  2018.  The class size is limited to 20 students.  The Space Systems Certificate program is primarily targeted at Navy and Marine Corps Officers and enlisted students but is also open to other uniformed services, federal civilians, and defense contractor civilians when space is available. Space assets are essential to modern warfare.  The program is designed to give students the foundation to understand the integration of Space capabilities across combined armed forces, involving networks, sensors and weapons.  The student will gain critical thinking and analytical skills to support key space decisions in both operational and staff assignments.  

Deadline for application is 4 January 2018. For more information, visit the website below or contact the NPS Student Coordinator at CED3StudCoord@nps.edu, the Academic Associate, Stephen Tackett at shtacket@nps.edu, or the NPS Distributed Program Office in San Diego, CAPT Craig Turley, USN, Ret. atcwturley@nps.edu.

 

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Curriculum

SS3011 - Space Technology and Applications
SS3613 - Military Satellite Communication

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SS3610 - Space Communications Systems: Fundamentals and Analysis

PH3052 - Physics of Space and Airborne Sensor Systems
PH2514 - Introduction to the Space Environment


Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

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

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

Prerequisites:

  • Baccalaureate Degree, with completion of college level algebra 2, and college level physics (Electricity and Magnetism emphasis)

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Tuition

NPS Mission-funded Tuition

NPS is mission-funded to provide tuition-free graduate education to active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers. Students are required to purchase their own textbooks. 

Sponsor-reimbursed Tuition

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 the sponsorship of their organization. The open enrollment tuition price for military and government employees is $2,250 per course. The open enrollment tuition price for defense contractor civilians is $2,400 per course. Students are required to purchase their own textbooks.  

 

Please refer to the tuition page regarding general information on tuition for DL programs.For questions about funding transfers, 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 SSCertProg@nps.edu.

For more information contact the NPS Student Coordinator at CED3StudCoord@nps.edu, and the Academic Associate, Stephen Tackett at shtacket@nps.edu.

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NPS Follow-on Resident Programs:

Space Systems Operations - Resident Degree Program (Curriculum 366)

The Space Systems Operations curriculum prepares the graduate to plan and manage military space systems and to develop the necessary requirements, strategy, and doctrine. Students will gain knowledge of and appreciation for military opportunities in space and acquire the practical and theoretical skills required for the execution of space-based operations. Included are both the space-based and terrestrial components of military systems employed for communications, surveillance, navigation, electronic warfare and environmental sensing.

Space Systems Engineering - Resident Degree Program (Curriculum 591)

The Space Systems Engineering program provides officers, through graduate education, with a comprehensive scientific and technical knowledge of military and Navy space systems. This curriculum is designed to equip officers with the theoretical and practical skills required to design and integrate military space payloads with other spacecraft subsystems. Graduates will be prepared by their education to design, develop and manage the acquisition of space communications, navigation, surveillance, electronic warfare and environmental sensing systems

 

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