Mathematics of Secure Communication Certificate - Curriculum 280

Program Officer

LCDR Brannon Chapman

Code EC/MA, Spanagel Hall, Room 401A

(831)656-2678, DSN 756-2859

Fax (831)656-2760 (ECE)

Program Manager

Pantelimon Stanica, Ph.D.

Code MA, Spanagel Hall, Room 242B

(831) 656-2714, DSN 756-2714

Brief Overview

The Mathematics of Secure Communication certificate program comprises three courses. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment in keeping with standard practices of the Naval Postgraduate School. The purpose for its development is to provide Mathematics education to Naval officers and DoD civilians in the broad area of Cryptography and secure communications. As such it satisfies a “Knowledge, Skills, Abilities” (KSA) requirement in the Applied Technology field of “Fundamentals of cryptology and cryptanalysis” for Professional Military Education.

Requirements for Entry

Prerequisite Courses: One of MA3025 (suggested), MA2025, MA1025, or equivalent (a working knowledge of mathematical logic, proof techniques and elementary discrete mathematics). Also required is a baccalaureate degree with an academic profile code (APC) of 324.


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

To earn the academic certificate students must pass all four courses with a C+ (2.3 Quality Point Rating (QPR)) or better in each course and an overall QPR of 3.0 or better. Students earning grades below these standards will need to retake the courses to bring their grades within standards or they will be withdrawn from the program.

Required Courses

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA3560Applied Modern Algebra and Number Theory



Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA4560Coding and Information Theory



Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA4570Cryptography - Foundations and Practice