Anti-Submarine Warfare Certificate

Certificate #274

Est.imated Completion Time: 15 months

Starts: Spring

Subspecialty Code: 6301L

Program Area: Maritime Battlespace Environments

POC: Academic Associate

Modality: Distance Learning


The ASW Certificate consists of a sequence of four highly technical courses designed to provide our civilian and active-duty workforce with a learning experience which extends their general undergraduate education to include the essential concepts, equations, and skill sets needed to understand, design, and use ASW systems. The web-based courses are paced week-to-week by the instructors, but students have the flexibility to do coursework at times of their choosing during each week.

The program starts in the Spring Quarter (end of March/early April) and ends the following year in the Spring Quarter (early to mid-June). It is offered in two half-year parts with a one quarter break between in the Fall Quarter.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 PH3401
Quarter 2 OC2930
Quarter 3 EO3404
Quarter 4 OS3680


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
  • International non-military personnel

Requirements for Entry

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Single-variable calculus for science or engineering
  • Calculus-based probability

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the certificate program:

  • Students can define key concepts in geological, physical, and biological oceanography and evaluate their implications in naval operations.
  • Students can evaluate the performance of a sonar system and design a basic sonar system to achieve given operational requirements.
  • Students can analyze one dimensional acoustic signals.
  • Students demonstrate proficiency in fundamental concepts of array processing.
  • Students can apply logic, analytics, and mathematical modeling to quantitatively evaluate naval tactics against an adversary in search, patrol, and combat operations.

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

The academic certificate program must be completed within three years of admission to the program. A student must maintain a 3.0 GQPR in the certificate courses to be awarded a certificate.

The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) program is sponsored by N97 for qualified DoD applicants. There is no tuition required from DoD students or their commands. ASW also allows a small number of defense contractors and international students into the program at a cost of approximately $3200 per student/course.

The cost for textbooks is approximately $100 for new texts.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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