Certificate in Systems Analysis - Curriculum 281 (DL)

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A

(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953


Academic Associate & Program Director

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


Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree is required. Completion of mathematics through single variable differential and integral calculus is considered minimal preparation. The minimum APC requirement for entry to this program is 335.


Fall, Spring

Program Length

12 months



Graduate Certificate Requirements

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


At the completion of the certificate program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the fundamental for systems analysis, including selected applications of probability and statistics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the modeling and simulation of combat systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Naval tactical analysis.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Naval systems analysis.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in appropriate presentation of technical material.

Required Courses

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OS2080Probability and Statistics I



OS3180 Probability and Statistics for Systems Engineering may be substituted for OS2080.  In the case of recent college graduates who have completed calculus-based Probability and Statistics within 3 years of starting the Systems Analysis Certificate, OS3080, OS3211, OS4011, or OA4702 may be substituted for OS2080.

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