Anti-Submarine Warfare Certificate

Certificate #274

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 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.

Courses required

Course Details
Course 1 PH3401
Course 2 OC2930
Course 3 EO3404
Course 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

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Tuition & Service Obligation

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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.

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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

  •  09 Oct 2023

    Columbus Day (holiday)

  •  24 Oct 2023

    Shift day: treat as Friday class schedule

  •  10 Nov 2023

    Veteran's Day (holiday)

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.