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Engineering Acoustics - Masters Degree Program

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 27 Months | Starts: Summer | Curriculum: #535


Program Overview

Successful maritime dominance and port security depend on a workforce which understands the principles of sonar engineering. Sonar systems are deployed from surface, air, submarine and (more recently) unmanned platforms in countless different forms to detect, classify, localize, track, and neutralize submerged targets. Due to the unique military relevance of engineering acoustics, NPS has long been a leader in this field. The ECE and Physics Departments have an interdisciplinary degree program at both the Masters and Ph.D. level in Engineering Acoustics dating back to the early 1970's. These degrees address the Navy's continuing need for DoD personnel educated in the fundamental science and engineering underlying sonar systems.

Students in the Engineering Acoustics curriculum can choose between two degree options, the Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics (MSEA) which requires the completion of a thesis or the Master of Engineering Acoustics (MEA) which substitutes a capstone course for the thesis.

The Distance Learning (DL) Engineering Acoustics program brings the strength of the resident courses together with proven DL technology and faculty expertise to deliver unique degree programs in engineering acoustics.

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

Video-Tele-Education (VTE)

Program Announcements

Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics & Master of Engineering Acoustics

By Distributed Learning using a Web-based, Virtual Classroom Environment and VTC

The Naval Postgraduate School and its Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee are pleased to announce plans to offer distance learning (DL) Masters programs of study in Engineering Acoustics (MEA and MSEA).  The academic character of the programs in Engineering Acoustics is interdisciplinary, with courses and laboratory work drawn principally from the fields of physics and electrical engineering. Although broadly based, the emphasis of the programs is on those aspects of acoustics and signal processing applicable to undersea warfare. Subjects covered include the generation, propagation and reception of sound in the ocean; military applications of underwater sound; and acoustic signal processing and communications.

Attached is a tri-fold with additional information about program application.  Please forward this on to those in your command who may be interested.

For more information, contact Prof. Kevin B. Smith (Program Manager) at kbsmith@nps.edu, (831) 656-2896 or Prof. Oleg Godin at oagodin@nps.edu, (831) 656-2982. Program information briefings for potential sponsors and students are available upon request.

Applications are currently being accepted from students who wish to start the program in July 2019.  Program starts prefer a minimum of 25 students.  Otherwise, applications will be held for possible admission during the following year.



Quarter 1 Summer

PH3119 - Waves and Oscillations

Quarter 2 Fall

PH3451 - Fundamental Acoustics

Quarter 3 Winter

PH3452 - Underwater Acoustics

Quarter 4 Spring

PH4454 - Sonar Transducer Theory and Design

Note: During this quarter a one-week residency is required to gain familiarity with experimental techniques.

Quarter 5 Summer

EO2402 - Intro to Linear Systems

Quarter 6 Fall

EO3402 - Signals and Noise

Quarter 7 Winter

EC4450 - Sonar Systems Engineering

Quarter 8 Spring

PH4455 - Sound Propagation in the Ocean

Quarter 9 Summer

PH4409 - Capstone Project


Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Government Civilians
  • DoD Contractors
  • International Students**
  • Active Duty Navy Officers unable to attend resident programs may be considered

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 3 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Engineering Acoustics - Masters Degree Program.

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


  • Bachelor of Science in engineering or physical science
  • GPA of 2.2 or better
  • Completion calculus through differential equations with an average of C+ or better
  • Completion calculus-based physics sequence with an average of C+ or better



$2700 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: EngAcoustics@nps.edu.

Contact Information

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