Naval Postgraduate School Masters of Science in Systems Engineering

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The NPS-MSSE 2-year program is designed for Department of Defense (DoD) organizations faced with a wide range of systems engineering and integration challenges.  NPS educates and trains engineers with tools and technologies relevant to their work, resulting in employees with greater knowledge and expertise to better meet the needs of their customers.

Specific program educational objectives (i.e. skills and abilities that graduates can bring to their position after having graduated from NPS-MSSE and having received three to five more years of on-the-job training and professional development) are:

  • Technical Leadership: Graduates will apply their engineering knowledge in leadership roles along diverse career paths in government service.
  • Program Management: Graduates will perform research, design, development, procurement, integration, maintenance, and life-cycle management of systems for defense and national security.
  • Operational Utilization: Graduates will apply systems engineering in diverse military settings and understand its capabilities and limitations.

Educational Credit Information:

Students who successfully complete the MSSE program will earn the following:

  • A Master of Science in Systems Engineering (provided they hold an ABET undergraduate engineering degree, or can establish equivalency) OR a Master of Science in Engineering Systems (all others).

[Note:  For consistency, this announcement will refer to the degree program only as NPS-MSSE and not NPS-MSES.]

  • Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • DAU  in the following areas

ENG 101 – Fundamentals of Systems Engineering  [SE3100 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering]

ENG 202 – Applied Systems Engineering in Defense Acquisition , Part I  [SE3100 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering]

ENG 301 –  Leadership in Engineering Defense Systems  [SI3400 Fundamentals of Engineering Project Management- currently in DAU review process]

  • An equivalent course listing for DoD schools may be viewed at the DAU iCatalog page.  While completion of the MSSE provides some of the required training for certification in the Engineering, Test & Evaluation, and Science & Technology Manager ACFs, individuals must complete the additional required DAU training (along with education and experience requirements) for certification in their specific ACF.   Note:  DAU training certification changes made after the establishment of this program for this two year period will be reviewed and accommodated if and where feasible.

Who May Apply and Eligibility Requirements:

Permanent civilian members of the Army acquisition workforce must meet both the NPS eligibility requirements and the USAASC Army DACM Office eligibility requirements listed below to be considered for funding.

NPS Eligibility Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering or related science or technical field
  • GPA of 2.2 or better
  • Successful completion of a calculus course

USAASC Army DACM Office Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a permanent Army acquisition workforce civilian. Must be a GS-11 through GS-15, or broadband/pay band equivalent.
  • Must meet certification level (minimum Level II) required in current acquisition position, in one of the following three ACFs:
    • Engineering (S)
    • Test & Evaluation (T)
    • Science & Technology Manager (I)
  • Must have a Letter of Acceptance from NPS
  • Must not currently have a master’s degree in an acquisition or business discipline


Announcement for accepting applications to open February 2019

NPS Admissions Procedure

All Army Acquisition workforce members must obtain a letter of acceptance from NPS. Individuals admitted to NPS-MSSE program as a result of prior NPS-MSSE program announcements can use the prior year’s letter of acceptance to apply for the current announcement. Individuals should verify their current admission eligibility with NPS before using the prior year’s acceptance letter. Applicants may apply for by clicking on NPS admission. After you have obtained your letter of acceptance from NPS you are ready to apply to USAASC Army DACM Office for consideration of funding.

Army DACM Office Application Process

The online application process used to submit an application for consideration of funding for the NPS-MSSE program is AAPDS. AAPDS is an automated application system that can be accessed via the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP). Eligible Army acquisition workforce civilians must click on the “Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System” (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the “AAPDS” tab and then select the “Apply” tab. Select the blue link under status (if available) to apply to the program.


USAASC Point of Contact (everything consideration of funds and application related)
Ms. Uhura N. Smith
Commercial: 703-664-5732 (DSN: 655)

NPS-MSSE Point of Contact (everything admissions and curriculum related):
Ms. Heather Hahn
Distance Learning Education Technician
Department of Systems Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. Wally Owen
Program Officer


pdf  NPS Policy and Procedures