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Combat Systems Science and Engineering Certificate

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 12 months | Starts: Fall and Spring | Curriculum: #235


Program Overview

Certificate in Combat Systems Science and Engineering

The Combat Systems Science and Engineering Certificate addresses cutting-edge technologies and theoretical foundations of current and future combat systems.The four survey courses comprising the certificate are geared toward the fundamental understanding of the physical principles governing combat systems and their integration, ranging from above and below water sensor technologies, weapons and their effects, and advanced weapon concepts underlying modern missile technologies. The required courses in the certificate are offered either in the Fall or the Spring quarters. Students may complete the four-course certificate in two years taking two courses per year (Fall and Spring quarters), or double-up the course load and finish in one year.   The academic certificate program must be completed within three years of admission to the program. A student must maintain a 3.0 GQPR in the certificate courses to be awarded a certificate.



Currently accepting applications for the Certificate Program which begins Spring 2018.
Note: When you apply, immediately request your transcripts so that we receive them in a timely manner.

 For information about the specific start dates for the listed quarters, please refer to the NPS Academic Calendar.


  • Quarter 1 - PC3200 - Physics of Electromagnetic Sensors and Photonic Devices

  • Quarter 2 - PC3400 - Survey of Underwater Acoustics

  • Quarter 3 - PC3800 - Survey of the Effects of Weapons

  • Quarter 4 - PC4860 - Advanced Weapon Concepts


Eligibility and Prerequisites

The following are eligible for this program:

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

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 1 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Combat Systems Science and Engineering Certificate Program.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution including a calculus-based undergraduate physics sequence
  • Waivers may be considered



$2000 per course per student for all Federal Government students.
Commands may pay ahead to meet fiscal year budget concerns as long as their students are funded before a quarter starts.

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 Professor Andres Larraza at larraza@nps.edu

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