Master of Science in Nuclear Operations Curriculum 738

Academic Associate

Steve Tackett, Lecturer
Code SP/Ta, Bullard Hall, Room 204
(831) 656-2944, DSN 756-2944
shtacket@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Nuclear Operations curriculum is designed to be completed via distance learning and is designed to provide students with knowledge of nuclear operations such as nuclear deterrence and assurance, nuclear weapons effects, nuclear command, control and communications (NC3), space-based systems used for early warning and communications, nuclear platforms, nuclear command and control (NC2), nuclear policy and nuclear non-proliferation.  There are many tracks available in this curriculum, so students will complete 24 credit hours from the Naval Postgraduate School as well as one 12-credit (3 or 4 course) pre-approved nuclear operations-related certificate from either The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Harvard University Extension School, or equivalent courses from the Naval Postgraduate School.  

Requirements for Entry

The curriculum is open to US military officers and US federal government employees.  Other nuclear enterprise or US government affiliated applicants will generally be accepted if sponsored by a US military command or US government federal agency.  Applicants must be eligible for a Secret security clearance, and a security clearance must be obtained before enrolling in the classified courses.  Students will require access to SIPRNet while taking the classified courses.  Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, with an APC of 255 (Bachelor's degree GPA of 2.6 or higher)

Entry Date

Students may begin in the Spring or Fall quarters.

Program Length

Three years (12 quarters) if completing one course per quarter.  (Part-time distance learning) 

Degree

Nuclear Operations students who successfully complete the curriculum will be awarded the Master of Science in Nuclear Operations.  

Core Requirements

Space Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Certificate (SNC3 - Curriculum 298)

All students are required to complete the Space Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (SNC3) Certificate (Curriculum 298)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

SS3613Military Satellite Communications

3

0

SS3740/AE3740Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Systems - Part I

3

0

SS3741/AE3741Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Systems - Part II

3

0

Complete a pre-approved nuclear strategy and policy certificate.

All students will complete a certificate in Nuclear Deterrence & Assurance Theory, Policy, Proliferation and History to satisfy the requirements in part 1 of the Degree Learning Outcomes or alternatively select 12 credit hours from the courses listed below.

This requirement may be satisfied by completing one of the following certificates and transferring the credit to NPS:

1. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Nuclear Weapons Effects, Policy, and Proliferation (NWEPP) (12 credit hours)

2. Harvard Extension School Nuclear Deterrence Certificate (12 credit hours)

3. Missouri State Graduate Certificate in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) (15 credit hours)

Alternatively, the requirement may be satisfied by:

4. Completing Twelve (12) credits hours of courses offered at NPS from the list below.

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3280Nuclear Weapons and National Strategies

4

0

NS3285Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons: Proliferation and Nonproliferation

4

0

NS3030American National Security Policy

4

0

NS4990Seminar in Strategic Studies

4

0

NS4991Seminar in United States Foreign Policy

4

0

NS3024Introduction to International Relations

4

0

NS4677Space and International Security

4

0

Systems Engineering and Acquisition Track

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3100Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

3

2

SE4950System of Systems Engineering

4

0

MN3221Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I

3

0

MN3222Principles of Acquisition and Program Management II

3

0

Other tracks are in development and will be approved by SSAG Chair.