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Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) Certificate Program

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 1 Year | Starts: Summer | Curriculum: #232


Program Overview

Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) Certificate Program
The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in Lead Systems Integration.  The courses are designed to provide graduate level courses for senior government engineers, preparing them to assume positions as Lead System Integrators through the exploration of design and trade-off analyses of SoS architectures, the execution of SoS acquisitions, and the engineering implications to the role of the LSI in contract management. The four courses are offered by distance learning with the final course culminating in a one week onsite executive experience with face-to-face seminars, discussions and exercises.

Program Announcements

Call for Applications: Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) Certificate Program
Commencing 6 July 2018 (curriculum 232)

The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Systems Engineering in partnership with NAVAIR is pleased to announce the offering of a four course academic certificate in Lead Systems Integration (LSI). The program is open to all qualified uniformed officers, federal civilians, defense contractors and internationals.

Deadline for application is 15 April 2018. For more information, visit the websites below or contact the NPS Student Coordinator at CED3StudCoord@nps.edu.

For more information, read the full Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) Certificate Program announcement here.



  • SE3411 - SoS Program Definition & Concept Development (3-2)
  • SE3412 - SoS Design & Development (3-2)
  • SE3413 - SoS Integration, Qualification & Lifecycle (3-2)
  • SE4414 - SoS Leadership in Systems Integration (3-2)


Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • Active Duty US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians (GS)
  • Active Duty Enlisted Personnel
  • DoD contractors
  • International Students**

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

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


  • GPA of 2.6 or better in a technical discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years acquisition experience



$2250 per student/course.

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: Tuition@nps.edu

Contact Information

For additional information specific to the program, please email the Program Manager, Wally Owen, at wowen@nps.edu; the Program Officer, Ron Carlson, at rrcarlso@nps.edu; or the Academic Advisor, Warren Vaneman, at wvaneman@nps.edu.

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