Advanced Systems Suitability Certificate

Certificate #135

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Quarterly

Program Area: Naval Engineering

POC: Program Director

Modality: Distance Learning


The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in Advanced Suitability topics that enables students to apply systems engineering in defense acquisition and system lifecycle support. This certificate offers more detailed courses focused on specific suitability areas providing additional expertise useful in system design through integration and manufacturing, development and production efforts. Students create strategies that incorporate human factor considerations, software, production and risk in the overall systems engineering process and product lifecycle. This program is targeted for mid- and upper-level engineers working in or in support of the Defense Acquisition System but has great benefit for all who seek further knowledge in the theory and practice of systems engineering.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 Choose 4 of the following:
  • OS3401
  • OA3401
  • SE3321
  • SE4003
  • SE4353
  • SE4520

Requirements for Entry

  • Undergraduate degree with minimum 2.6 grade point average.
  • Successful completion of System Engineering Certificate (282)
  • A year (two semesters or three quarters) of college calculus

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate students will have:

  1. Greater knowledge of concepts and principles relevant to four system suitability areas including human factors, reliability, availability, maintainability, systems software, risk analysis and management, or system manufacturing and production.
  2. The ability to apply appropriate planning and assessment tools in the context of the human system, software, risk, manufacturing and production or RMA domains.
  3. The ability to analyze suitability considerations in reliability, software, human systems, risk, or manufacturing and production and produce design recommendations based on the results.
  4. An improved ability to communicate effectively in technical writing and presentations.

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

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Other Information

View the Systems Engineering Distance Learning Programs Flyer (PDF 661KB)

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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