Master of Science in Nuclear Operations

Master’s Degree #738

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 years

Starts: Summer

Program Area: Space Technology and Operations

POC: Academic Associate

Modality: Distance Learning


The Nuclear Operations curriculum is designed to be completed via distance learning and is designed to provide students with knowledge of nuclear operations such as nuclear deterrence and assurance, nuclear weapons effects, nuclear command, control and communications (NC3), space-based systems used for early warning and communications, nuclear platforms, nuclear command and control (NC2), nuclear policy and nuclear non-proliferation. There are many tracks available in this curriculum, so students will complete 24 credit hours from the Naval Postgraduate School as well as one 12-credit (3 or 4 course) pre-approved nuclear operations-related certificate from either The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Harvard University Extension School, or equivalent courses from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Security clearance: Secret

Courses required

Courses Available
  • SS3011
  • SS3613
  • SS3740
  • SS3741
  • Thesis/Capstone
12 credit hours from these options
  • NS3280
  • NS3285
  • NS3030
  • NS4990
  • NS4991
  • NS3024
  • NS4677
  • SE3100
  • SE4950
  • MN3221
  • MN3222


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
  • US Civilians


  • Secret security clearance
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, with an APC of 255 (Bachelor's degree GPA of 2.6 or higher)

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

All students will complete a thesis or capstone project as approved by the academic group.

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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