Systems Engineering Analysis Curriculum and Program


Jeffrey Kline (SEA Chair)

Naval Postgraduate School

Glasgow Hall, Room 262 

(831) 656-7946, DSN 756-7946


Academic Associate

Mark Stevens

Code SE/ST, Spanagel Hall, Room 139

(831) 656-7545, DSN 756-7545

FAX (831) 656-3129

Program Officer

Caleb MacDonald, CDR, USN

Watkins Hall, Room 107

(831) 656-2033, DSN 756-2033

Chair, Department of Systems Engineering

Oleg Yakimenko, Ph.D.

Code SE/Ol, Ingersoll Hall, Room 304

(831) 656-2826, DSN 756-2826

Chair, Department of Operations Research

Matthew Carlyle, Ph.D.

Code OR, Glasgow Hall, Room 211

(831) 656-2106, DSN 756-2106


The Systems Engineering Analysis (SEA) curriculum and program at NPS provides a unique education bridging the knowledge bases of both Systems Engineering and Operations Analysis. The Chair of SEA, supported by the Academic Associate and Program Officer, manages execution of the program. The Vice Provost of Academic Leadership exercises overall executive responsibility, with the chairs of the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Departments being jointly responsible for ensuring the quality of the program. The Chair of SEA acts as a liaison point-of-contact for the collaborative efforts between the curriculum sponsor, OPNAV N9I and the SEA curriculum and program at NPS, and collaborates with the two department chairs in professional development, supports team-oriented research and analysis that links technical solutions to tactical problems, enhances understanding of the Navy's Requirements-Setting, Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) and acquisition processes, and the manner in which they impact warfighting acquisition programs.

The responsibilities of the faculty team are:

  1. To maintain the military relevance and academic excellence of the SEA program;
  2. To foster close relationships with the appropriate officers in OPNAV and the Fleet and with a curriculum sponsor, emphasizing the curriculum goal of improving the technical-tactical-operational prowess of the unrestricted line;
  3. To draw on the best qualified and most knowledgeable faculty to serve as instructors and curriculum/course advisors;
  4. To work through the Academic Associate, to ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the program is maintained, and that the best possible use is made of existing courses and faculty;
  5. To enhance the availability of suitable student capstone projects, the professionalism of faculty advisors, and the quality of written project reports;
  6. To foster the selection and matriculation of well-qualified students who have intellectual and professional promise of being future leaders of the Navy; and,
  7. To advise the Chair in the management of SEA courses, administration of SEA students, and supervising the SEA Capstone project.

Degrees Awarded

The Systems Engineering and Operations Research Departments jointly award the Master of Science in Systems Engineering Analysis (MS SEA) degree. The SEA curriculum is designed for unrestricted line officers who aspire to command and seek a graduate degree tailored to enhance their value as combat officers. The hallmark of the curriculum is a strong scientific and technical content that offers a balanced blend and breadth in systems thinking and analysis of current and future military operations.

Candidates normally are expected to have studied mathematics and science in their undergraduate work. Undergraduate engineering study is advantageous, but not required.

The Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering Analysis requires:

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter-hours of graduate-level work.
  2. The candidate must take all courses in an approved study program, which must also satisfy the following requirements:
    1. A minimum of 36 quarter-hours of credit in 3000 and 4000 level courses, including a minimum of 12 quarter-hours at the 4000 level.
  3. Participation in a capstone project with a minimum of 12 credits is required for the degree. An acceptable thesis, for a minimum of 12 credits, may be substituted in lieu of a team project. The Academic Associate and the Program Officer must endorse such a request, which will be subject to final approval by the Chair Professor.

A student seeking the Master of Science in Systems Engineering Analysis must also demonstrate knowledge in systems design and integration, systems analysis and application, combat technology, and familiarity with professional military education in strategy and policy. This may be accomplished by completing all courses in an approved study program.