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Systems Engineering Non-Resident Master's Degree Program (SENonResDeg)

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 2 Years | Starts: Quarterly | Curriculum: #311


Program Overview

The SE Non-Resident Degree Program is designed for DoD organizations faced with a wide range of systems engineering and integration challenges. These commands can now partner with NPS to educate and train engineers with tools and technologies relevant to their work, resulting in employees with greater knowledge and expertise to enable them to better meet the needs of their customers.

DoD organizations or sponsors provide the students, and the Naval Postgraduate School provides the instruction and hands-on experience. Courses are delivered at the students' local site using a combination of on-site instruction, video teleconferencing and/or web-enhanced asynchronous courses.

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

Face to Face


Program Schedule

The projected program starts for the Academic Year 2017-2018 are listed below. Projected sponsors, domain tracks, and cohort codes are provided.

Academic Year 2018

Academic Quarter

Program Starts
(Sponsor/Cohort Code)                                                       


Open Enrollment/U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center
Domain Track: System of Systems  



Open Enrollment/311-182O
Domain Track:  Systems of Systems

Open Enrollment/311-182S
Domain Track:  Combat Systems 









Naval Air Systems Command
Expected Domain Track:  Aviation Systems





Open Enrollment/311-184O
Domain Track:  Systems of Systems 

Open Enrollment/311-184P

Domain Track:  Systems Development 









*Program length is two years (eight consecutive academic quarters).

Note: this information is subject to change without notice.

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



The SE Non-Resident Degree Program consists of a minimum of 48 academic quarter credits taught in two three hour courses per quarter. All coursework is offered by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Sponsors work with the SE Non-Resident Degree Program manager to determine a technical focus for the domain/track elective portion of the curriculum, and the SE Department DL Program Manager determines the track for Open Enrollment cohorts

The program also meets various Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) training requirements for the System Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE) career field. Specifically, students earn Defense Acquisition University (DAU) equivalency for SYS101, SYS202, SYS203 and SYS302.

A Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) or a Master of Science in Engineering Systems (MSES) degree will be awarded to graduates at program completion. The MSSE degree will be awarded to graduates with ABET accredited engineering undergraduate degrees or equivalency (as determined by the program's Academic Associate), and the MSES degree will be awarded to graduates with undergraduate degrees not accredited by ABET.

The following is the standard SE Non-Resident Degree Program curriculum. The actual curriculum is determined prior to the start of each cohort, and specifics for specific program starts are included in Program Schedule and Announcements. Students in the SE Non-Resident Masters Degree Program participate in a group capstone project in lieu of writing a thesis.

Quarter 1

OS3180 - Probability and Statistics for Systems Engineering
SE3100 - Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

Quarter 2

SE3011 - Engineering Economics and Cost Estimation
SE3250 - Capability Engineering

Quarter 3

SE3302 - Systems Suitability
SE4150 - Systems Architecting and Design

Quarter 4

SI3400 - Fundamentals of Engineering Project Management
SE4151 - System Integration and Development

Quarter 5

SE4353/OS4010 - Engineering Risk Benefit Analysis
SE3910 - Systems Evolution & Tech Development (Domain Elective)

Quarter 6

SE3201 - Engineering Systems Conceptualization
SE4003 - Systems Software Engineering (Domain Elective)

Quarter 7

SE3202 - Engineering Systems Design
SE4930 Model-Based Systems Engineering (Domain Elective)

Quarter 8

SE3203 - Engineering Systems Implementation & Operation
SE4950 - System of Systems Engineering (Domain Elective)

The following domain tracks are available for the SE non-resident degree program.  Please note that the sponsor will select a track for centrally funded cohorts, and NPS will select a track for open enrollment cohorts.


Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians
  • Defense Contractors (if contractor seats are available)
  • International Students**

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 3 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Systems Engineering Non-Resident Master's Degree Program (SENonResDeg).

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

NPS is mission funded to provide tuition-free graduate education to active duty naval officers (USN and USMC), on a space available basis. Additional course fees may be required. The availability of seats for naval officers in distance learning programs is determined at the program level.

All others MUST be financially sponsored by their command or company.


Graduates of this program will earn either a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) or a Master of Science in Engineering Systems (MSES) degree. To earn an MSSE degree, a student must have an ABET accredited engineering undergraduate degree or equivalency (as determined by the program's Academic Associate).

Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE)

  • ABET Accredited Baccalaureate Degree in Engineering
  • GPA of 2.2 or better
  • Completion of ACQ 101 and 201 (desired but not required)
  • Successful completion of a calculus course

Master of Science in Engineering Systems (MSES)

  • Non-ABET Accredited Baccalaureate Degree
  • GPA of 2.2 or better
  • Completion of ACQ 101 and 201 (desired but not required)
  • Successful completion of a calculus course



The tuition price is $2,250 per course for uniformed officers/federal government civilians and $2,250 per course for defense contractors.

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 the Program Director at SEnonResDeg@nps.edu.

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