Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems

Certificate #284

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Winter, Summer

Subspecialty Code: 5304L

Program Area: Naval Engineering

POC: Academic Associate

Modality: Distance Learning


Provides students with the skills required for analysis, design and evaluation of guidance, navigation and control systems. The certificate provides a solid engineering foundation which covers the fundamental concepts of optimal estimation methods for linear and nonlinear systems, optimal control laws for control systems, including minimum time control, minimum energy control, and linear quadratic regulator. Students will gain the skills required to analyze and design missile guidance and inertial navigation systems, ballistic missile targeting systems, and missile motion simulators.

Courses required

Course Details
Course 1 EC3310
Course 2 EC3320
Courses 3–4 Choose 2 of the following:
  • EC4310
  • EC4330
  • EC4350

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 592


  • Acceptance by the ECE Department: Entrance to the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School is through a three-part requirement consisting of a minimum grade point average at the undergraduate level, a sufficient mathematics background, and a sufficient background in technical undergraduate studies. Applicants with a B.S.E.E. degree usually will satisfy the last two requirements automatically.
  • Command/Company endorsement.

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

The four-graduate-course sequence is extracted from the current set of graduate courses required to complete the Guidance, Navigation Control Systems specialization track for the MSEE Degree offered by the ECE Department.

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  •  06 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter pre-graduation awards ceremony

  •  09 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter last day of classes

  •  13 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter final examinations begin