Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Systems and Program Management (MSSPM) Non-Resident Master’s Degree Program

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General Program Information:

The NPS-MSSPM Program is an interdisciplinary program combining systems engineering with program management knowledge and skills.  Intended to broaden the technical capabilities of acquisition workforce members with non-technical backgrounds so that they can successfully manage and lead programs or projects in support of the defense acquisition system.  Students learn the systems engineering process from establishing system requirements through test and evaluation; and how to manage, schedule and budget programs and work with Department of Defense suppliers through contracts to meet program obligations.


Congratulations to the 26 new students who will be participating in the program beginning September 2018.

The next NPS-MSSPM education opportunity will be announced February 2019.

Who May Apply and Eligibility Requirements

Who May Apply:

Permanent Army acquisition workforce civilians who meet both the NPS eligibility requirements and the USAASC Army DACM Office eligibility requirements listed below are eligible to apply to the NPS-MSSPM program.

NPS Eligibility Requirements:
Must Have:

  • A baccalaureate degree (annotated on ACRB) with a minimum undergraduate quality point rating (QPR) of 2.20 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Be certified at Level II or higher in any army Acquisition Career Field (ACF)

Army DACM Office Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a permanent Army acquisition workforce civilian
  • Must be a GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/payband equivalent
  • Must meet certification level (minimum Level II) required for current acquisition position in any acquisition career field
  • Must have a Letter of Acceptance from NPS for the class specified in the announcement
  • Must not currently possess a master’s degree in a business or acquisition discipline

NPS Admissions Procedure and Army DACM Office Application Process

NPS Admissions Procedure:

Eligible Army acquisition workforce civilians must obtain a letter of acceptance from the  Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).  Applicants may apply for NPS admission directly by visiting and following the instructions for Army DACM Office applicants.  Requests for officially sealed transcripts from all schools attended (undergrad/grad) must be sent directly to NPS.  Applications for admissions and all requests for official transcripts (sealed) from all undergraduate/graduate schools attended must be received by NPS no later than the date identified in the current announcement.  NPS Admission also accepts official transcripts by electronic transfer from institutions that provide that service.  The email address is  While you are awaiting your letter of Acceptance from NPS you can initiate your Army DACM Office application 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-MSSPM Program is the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS).   AAPDS is the 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.


Currently under revision.


Ms. Heather Hahn

Distance Learning Education Technician

Uhura N. Smith

Acquisition Training and Education Manager USAASC – Army DACM Office
Commercial:  703-664-5732