Certificate in Systems Analysis - Curriculum 281

Program Officer

David Scott Cohick, CDR, USN

Glasgow Hall

(831) 656-2291, DSN 756-2291

FAX (831) 656-2595


Academic Associate

Steven E. Pilnick, Ph.D.

Glasgow Hall, Room 291

(831) 656-2283, DSN 756-2283

FAX (831) 656-2595


Brief Overview

The Systems Analysis Certificate program is a distance learning, graduate-level, nondegree program designed to meet the needs of the Navy and other services in the Department of Defense (DoD) for nondegree technical education in systems analysis as a basis for aiding key decisions on force requirements, weapon systems, and other defense matters. Students learn and apply modeling, optimization, simulation, and decision making under risk and uncertainty.

The Certificate Program consists of four courses delivered entirely online over a one-year period. The course content and projects will challenge the student academically and address problems of interest to the Department of Defense. The courses are paced week-to-week by the instructors, but the students have great flexibility to do their course work at times of their choosing during each week.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree is required. Completion of mathematics through single variable differential and integral calculus is considered minimal preparation.

Entry Dates

At the beginning of the spring and fall quarters, with start dates in late March/early April and late September/early October, respectively.

Program Length

Four Quarters.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Requirements for the graduate certificate in Systems Analysis are met by successful completion of all four courses.

Required Courses

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OS2080Probability and Statistics I



Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OS3380Combat Systems Simulation



Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OS3680Naval Tactical Analysis



In the case of a student completing both the Systems Analysis Certificate and the ASW Certificate, each of which require OS3680, an approved substitute for OS3680 to count towards the Systems Analysis Certificate is OS3211 Systems Optimization, or OS4011 Risk Benefit Analysis.

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OS4680Naval Systems Analysis