Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Systems Engineering Non-Resident Master’s Degree (MSSE) Program
The NPS-MSSE 2-year, 16-course master’s degree is designed for Department of Defense (DOD) organizations faced with a wide range of systems engineering and integration challenges. The program is tailorable by domain tracks and is designed for the engineering and scientific workforces. Courses provide student core SE core skills, advanced understanding, and hands-on experience in SE methods, 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. Students earn MSSE (if ABET ENG undergraduates, or able to demonstrate equivalence), MSES (all others and DAU equivalencies in engineering career field). Learn more at https://my.nps.edu/web/dl/degProgs_se_nonRes.
Specific program educational objectives and educational credit information are provided in the most recent announcement on this website.
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
Army DACM Office Eligibility Requirements:
- Army acquisition workforce civilian must be coded as “1 -Permanent – Tenure Group 1” in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System at the time of submitting their application in CAPPMIS.
- 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
Department of Defense laboratories designated as Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories who meet the following eligibility requirements may apply to the NPS-MSSE Program:
- Must be a permanent (non-temporary/non-term) civilian member of the Army Acquisition Workforce Exception: Per the Section 1109, FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Section 11.A.3.f, 82 Federal Register 43339, eligibility to participate in the NPS-MSSE Program is extended to flexible length and renewable term technical appointment employees in the Department of Defense laboratories designated as Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs).
- Term employees not appointed under Section 1109, FY16 NDAA are not eligible for the NPS-MSSE Program.
- All other eligibility requirements must be met.
NPS Application Process
Eligible Army acquisition workforce civilians must obtain a conditional letter of acceptance from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Applicants may accomplish this by directly visiting https://my.nps.edu/web/dl/degProgs_SE_nonRes and following the instructions for Army DACM Office applicants. Individuals who obtained conditional letters of acceptance for prior year’s application can submit their conditional letter of acceptance for the current NPS-MSSE announcement. Please confirm with NPS that there are no additional requirements. You must meet all NPS-MSSE eligibility requirements in order to participate in the program if you should be selected for participation by the Army DACM office.
Requests for officially sealed transcripts from all schools attended (undergrad/grad) must be sent directly to NPS. Applications and all requests for official transcripts (sealed) from all undergraduate/graduate schools attended must be received by NPS no later than the date posted in the current announcement. NPS also accepts official transcripts electronically from institutions providing that service. Official transcripts can be electronically transferred to email@example.com. While you are awaiting your conditional letter of Acceptance from NPS you can initiate your Army DACM Office application.
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