Systems Engineering Management (MSSEM) /Product Development (DL) - Curriculum 721

Program Officer

Walter E. Owen, Associate Chair

Code SE/Wo, St Louis, MO.

(831) 402-6086

wowen@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Kristin Giammarco, Associate Professor

Aberdeen, MD

(443)602-9965

kmgiamma@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), as a partner in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) "Educational Consortium for Product Development Leadership in the 21st Century" (PD21), is delivering a joint executive systems engineering management degree using distance learning methods to military officers, senior enlisted, federal civilians, and a limited number of defense contractor civilians. The program's joint focus is on joint services, joint engineering-management and joint government-industry. The executive SEM-PD21 degree program is modeled after the graduate program developed jointly by MIT’s School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. The executive SEM-PD21 degree program is designed to produce a cadre of change agents skilled in engineering and management to bring about dramatic improvements in the way American corporations and the defense industry develop and build new systems and products.

Participants in this unique program are exposed to state-of-the-art concepts and tools, as well as world-class companies, leaders, and cross-industry best practices. Students acquire the basic skills and strategic perspective necessary to become future leaders and senior managers responsible for driving product development and business growth through innovation and to become effective change agents at their organizations. They develop a mindset receptive to change and continuous improvement, an understanding of the enablers to business success, and an enhanced ability to recognize barriers to success early in the product development cycle when corrective actions are least costly.

The SEM-PD21 curriculum is an eight-quarter distance learning curriculum with entry in the Fall quarter, which begins in late September with an on-site two-week kickoff at NPS in Monterey, CA. After the kickoff, classes are taken at students' locations by web teleconferencing or online web-based courses. Students are expected to participate in two or three industry trips during the two-year course of study and a graduation ceremony in Monterey at the completion of the program. There will also be occasional Systems Engineering and Product Development seminars for all SEM-PD21 students within their existing course of study.

SEM-PD21 website:

www.nps.edu/DL

Requirements for Entry

For admission into the PD-21 program, the student must hold an undergraduate degree in engineering, a related scientific or technical field, with high academic achievement. The student must be sponsored by an organization committed to supporting the student's full participation and have at least five years of experience directly related to product development (three years if student holds a master's degree). The application requirements can be found at the joint executive SEM-PD21 website at: www.nps.edu/DL.

Entry Date

September (Fall quarter)

Curriculum Length

Eight distance learning quarters (two years).

Degree

Completion of all the requirements of curriculum 721 leads to the award of the MSSEM degree. Refer to the MSSEM program requirements for eligibility.

Graduates also earn an MIT certificate signed by Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and Dean of the MIT School of Engineering.

Students enrolled in curriculum 721 can optionally be awarded the MSPD degree. Refer to the MSPD program requirements for eligibility.

Curriculum Sponsors

Any federal organization or defense contractor can sponsor students into the SEM-PD21 program. In addition to earning a master's degree, the curriculum satisfies the mandatory Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE) course requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) through Level III. Students who select the Systems Acquisition elective track also earn mandatory DAU course requirements for Program Management through Level III. The other elective tracks offer additional NPS certificates in Space Systems, Information Systems, Software Engineering, and Advanced Systems Engineering. Students who complete the program also earn a MIT certificate of recognition.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

-or-

MN3108Leadership in Product Development

3

2

 

MN3117Organizational Processes

4

0

SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3145Marketing Management

4

0

SI4021Systems Engineering for Product Development

4

0

SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ME4702Engineering Systems Risk Benefit Analysis

3

2

-or-

OS4010Engineering Risk Benefit Analysis

3

2

 

SI4022Systems Architecture for Product Development

4

0

SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3392Systems and Project Management

4

0

MN3156Financial and Managerial Accounting

4

0

SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OS3211Systems Optimization

4

0

ELECTMGMT/ENG Elective

0

4

SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN4379Operations Management

4

0

ELECTMGMT/ENG Elective

0

4

SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

Quarter 7

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE0811Thesis in Systems Engineering

0

8

ELECTMGMT/ENG Elective

0

4

SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

Quarter 8

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE0811Thesis in Systems Engineering

0

8

ELECTMGMT/ENG Elective

0

4

SE3810Systems Engineering Seminar

0

2

* First quarter SE3810 Includes a Probabilities refresher course

(Note: Seminar used throughout program but credits given final quarter)

Elective Tracks

Sponsors and students have great flexibility in designing their elective structure. Currently, there are numerous specified elective tracks that, when taken with SEM-PD21 core courses, earn participating students additional academic certifications.  See program announcement for specific elective options.  A tailored elective track can be designed by contacting the Program Officer or Academic Associate.