Underwater Acoustic Systems

Master’s Degree #535

Est.imated Completion Time: 2 years

Starts: Summer

Program Area: Maritime Battlespace Environments

POC: Program Manager

Modality: Hybrid


The Underwater Acoustic Systems curriculum is currently available to Distance Learning students and leads to either a Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics or a Master of Engineering Acoustics depending on whether the student completes a thesis. Students typically take one course per quarter for a period of 8 quarters (24 months) followed by a thesis or capstone project. They must also complete a one-week residency during their first 4000-level physics course to gain experience in experimental techniques. The courses are taught primarily via streaming video or video-teleconferencing (VTC.) Downloadable recordings of the classes are available for students who do not have access to VTC or miss a class. Instructors also use virtual classroom software for problem-solving sessions or individual help. The classes are usually timed to coincide with resident offerings. The course of studies is designed to improve the student's performance in operational, maintenance, and acquisition positions by providing them with a firm background in the fundamental science and engineering of acoustic systems.

Courses required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 PH3119
Quarter 2 PH3451
Quarter 3 PH3452
Quarter 4 PH4454
Quarter 5 EO2402
Quarter 6 EO3402
Quarter 7 EC4450
Quarter 8 PH4455
Quarter 9 PH4409


The following are eligible for this offering:

  • Naval Officers
  • Naval Enlisted
  • Non-Naval Officers
  • Non-Naval Enlisted
  • DON Civilians
  • DOD Civilians
  • Defense Contractors
  • Non-DOD Federal Employees
  • State and Local Government Employees
  • International military personnel


  • Baccalaureate degree with a major in engineering or physical science
  • GPA of 2.2 or better
  • Completion calculus through differential equations with an average of C+ or better
  • Completion calculus-based physics sequence with an average of C+ or better
  • An APC of 323 is required for direct entry

Application Information

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

Tuition & Service Obligation

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Program Announcements

Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics & Master of Engineering Acoustics

Commencing July 2023

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  •  29 May 2023

    Memorial Day

  •  06 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter pre-graduation awards ceremony

  •  09 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter last day of classes