Naval Postgraduate School Master of Science in Systems and Program Management


The NPS-MSSPM 2-year program is designed for Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies to obtain an acquisition defense-focused advanced degree in a distance learning format.   The MSSPM is an interdisciplinary program combining systems engineering with program management knowledge and skills.  The program is intended to broaden the technical capabilities of the acquisition workforce who may have non-technical backgrounds so they are able to successfully manage and lead programs/projects in support of the Defense Acquisition System.  Students in this program learn the systems engineering process from establishing system requirements through test and evaluation.  Simultaneously students learn how to manage, schedule, and budget programs as well as work with DoD suppliers through contracts to meet program obligations.


NPS-MSSPM (722 -191G) Announcement

Educational Credit Information:

Students who successfully completing the MSSPM program will earn the following:

  • A Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management (MSSEM)
  • Certificate in Systems Engineering
  • DAU Equivalencies in the following areas:

o             PM level 3

o             ENG level 3

o             TST level 2

o             PQM Level 2

o             LOG level 1

o             IRM level 1

o             CON Series


Who May Apply:

  • Eligible Army acquisition workforce (AAW) civilians must meet both the NPS eligibility requirements and the Army DACM Office eligibility requirements listed below to be considered for funding.

NPS Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any undergraduate degree (BA, BS, other) with 2.2 GPA

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 for current acquisition position in any acquisition career field
  • Must have a Letter of Acceptance from NPS
  • Must not currently have a master’s degree in a business discipline

NPS Admissions Procedure:

Eligible Army acquisition workforce members must obtain a letter of acceptance from NPS. Individuals admitted to NPS-MSPM program as a result of prior NPS-MSPM 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 NPS admission at the following link: After you have obtained your letter of acceptance from NPS you are ready to apply to the 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.


PDF 2017 NSP-MSSPM Policy and Procedures (8 August 2017)


USAASC Point of Contact (everything consideration of funds and application related)

Ms. Uhura N. Smith
Commercial: 703-664-5732 (DSN: 655)

NPS-MSSPM Point of Contacts (everything admissions and curriculum related):

Ms. Heather Hahn
Distance Learning Education Technician

Dr. Wally Owen
Program Officer