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SUBJ/MASTER OF SYSTEMS ANALYSIS DISTANCE LEARNING DEGREE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT
FOR MARCH 2021//
REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 1520.23C w/CH-3/20150107//
NARR/REF A IS NAVY GRADUATE EDUCATION POLICY//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces application procedures for the March 2021
distance learning Master of Systems Analysis (MSA) degree program (curriculum
a. Operations research, systems analysis, and decision science are
increasingly crucial to the current operating environment characterized by
distributed maritime operations and a return to great power competition.
Officers with these essential skills are needed throughout the Navy and as a
result, the Navy prioritizes this expertise for selection and assignment.
b. The program targets Navy unrestricted line officers who might not
otherwise be able to attend Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in residence. It
is open to other uniformed officers, federal civilians, and defense
contractor civilians on a space-available basis. This program focuses on the
practice of the Operations Research/Systems Analysis profession. It prepares
students to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to support key
decisions in both operational and staff assignments. Coursework focuses on
data analysis, modeling and simulation, optimization, risk-benefit analysis,
and cost analysis as they apply to real-world military situations and cases.
Navy officer graduates receive a 3210P subspecialty code, Operations Research
Analysis, and are eligible to be detailed to 3211-coded Operations Analysis
billets. MSA is also a designated degree program available for assignment to
OPNAV 6511P-coded Requirements Officer billets.
c. The program is a 24-month part-time program delivered using a mix of
distance learning methods. Students take two courses per quarter for eight
consecutive quarters. One course each quarter requires weekly, 3-hour
sessions using video tele-education or web-based conferencing. The other
course each quarter is delivered asynchronously using web-based instruction.
Web-based courses are paced week-to-week, but students have the flexibility
to do coursework at times of their choosing during the week. The programs can
be delivered virtually anywhere.
d. A four-course subset of the MSA degree program all delivered
asynchronously using web-based instruction may be taken as a stand-alone
Systems Analysis (SA) certificate (curriculum 281). A student who completes
the SA certificate may apply for enrollment in the MSA degree program and
receive one-for-one course credit towards the MSA degree requirements. Navy
officer graduates of the certificate program receive a 3210L subspecialty
e. New MSA and SA cohorts are scheduled to begin each fall and spring
For the spring quarter academic year 2021 (AY21), classes start the week of
29 March 2021.
NPS is mission-funded to provide tuition-free graduate education to
active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers. Seats not filled by active-duty
Navy and Marine Corps officers will be made available for open enrollment to
other uniformed officers, Department of the Navy and other federal government
civilians, and defense contractor civilians under tuition sponsorship by
their organization or agency. The open enrollment tuition for other-service
military, government civilians, and defense contractors are $2,500 per
course. NPS is required to have a support agreement (DON form 7600A or
DD1144) in place with each government funding sponsor before acceptance of
funding documents. All students are required to purchase their textbooks.
4. Application Process:
Officers interested in the degree or certificate program may visit the
NPS web pages for detailed eligibility and application process. The deadline
for online applications for AY21 quarter 3 is 8 January 2021. MSA webpage:
https ://nps.edu/web/dl/degprogs_msa. SA Cert webpage:
5. Post Graduation:
Per reference (a), officers participating in this program must agree to
remain on active duty for three years following completion of the degree
program (or one year following completion of the certificate program). This
obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation
already incurred. This agreement does not obligate the Navy to retain the
officer on active duty.
6. Point of Contact:
NPS MSA program office, via email at MSADEGPROG(AT)NPS.EDU.
7. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 31 March 2021,
whichever occurs first.
8. Released by RADM James S. Bynum, Acting Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
for Warfighting Development (N7).//