Defense Management Foundations

Certificate #192

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Quarterly

Program Area: Defense Systems Management

POC: Program Support

Modality: Distance Learning


This certificate delivers a core of defense-focused management courses to equip students with essential skills for management and leadership roles in the defense establishments of the United States or allied nations. The program prepares graduates to manage organizations, resources, and programs in complex environments. Students choose among foundational courses in organizational leadership; financial management; manpower and economic analysis; operations and logistics; or acquisition management.

This certificate requires the completion of four courses (at least 12 credits) that were not counted for another certificate. This certificate includes five academic areas that provide a variety of perspectives about managing defense organizations. You may choose up to two courses from any one academic area, for a total of four courses.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1
  • Acquisition
  • MN3303
  • MN3309
  • MN4307
Quarter 2
  • Financial-Management
  • GE4053-MN3172
Quarter 3
  • Management-and-Organizations
  • GE3010-MN4474-MN3010
  • MN3118
  • MN4017
  • GE3109
  • GB4012
Quarter 4
  • Manpower-and-Economics
  • GE3070-GB3070-MN3070
  • GE3040
Quarter 5
  • Operations-and-Logistics
  • GE3042
  • MN3042
  • MN3441

Learning Outcomes

  • Expand understanding about processes that occur in public organizations, apply qualitative and quantitative analysis skills
  • Demonstrate expertise to manage defense organizations
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities that are most valuable for the student's career path

Application Information

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

Tuition & Service Obligation

For information regarding tuition, please contact the NPS Tuition office at, or contact this offering’s POC at

For information regarding service obligation, please visit the Admissions Office’s Eligibility/Service Obligation page.

Other Information

Tuition for each certificate course is $2,600 for all students except DON active-duty officers.

DON active-duty officers are funded by the Navy and their command sponsors do not pay tuition. DON active-duty officers also incur a service obligation. All other students must be funded by their commands and organizations. Students may not fund their own tuition.

Students or commands are responsible for paying for their textbooks, course materials, and TDY expenses.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.