Systems Analysis Certificate

Certificate #281

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Fall, Spring

Subspecialty Code: 3211L

Program Area: Data Science and Decisions

POC: Academic Associate

Modality: Distance Learning


The Systems Analysis Certificate program is a distance learning, graduate-level, nondegree program designed to meet the needs of the Navy and other services in the Department of Defense (DoD) for nondegree technical education in systems analysis as a basis for aiding key decisions on force requirements, weapon systems, and other defense matters. Students learn and apply modeling, optimization, simulation, and decision making under risk and uncertainty. The Certificate Program consists of four courses delivered entirely online over a one-year period. The course content and projects will challenge the student academically and address problems of interest to the Department of Defense. The courses are paced week-to-week by the instructors, but the students have great flexibility to do their course work at times of their choosing during each week.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 OS2080
Quarter 2 OS3380
Quarter 3 OS3680
Quarter 4 OS4680

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 363


The following are eligible for this offering:

  • Naval Officers
  • Naval Enlisted
  • Non-Naval Officers
  • Non-Naval Enlisted
  • DON Civilians
  • DOD Civilians
  • Non-DOD Federal Employees
  • International military personnel
  • International non-military personnel

Requirements for Entry

  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • GPA of 2.2 or better (GPA waiver may be granted)
  • Calculus with C or better (Calculus waiver unlikely; please click here for a calculus review)

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the certificate program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the fundamental for systems analysis, including selected applications of probability and statistics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the modeling and simulation of combat systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Naval tactical analysis.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Naval systems analysis.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in appropriate presentation of technical material.

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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For information regarding service obligation, please visit the Admissions Office’s Eligibility/Service Obligation page.

Other Information

Earns credit towards the DL Master of Systems Analysis degree or an in-residence MS in Systems Engineering Analysis degree. Requirements for the graduate certificate in Systems Analysis are met by successful completion of all four courses. In the case of recent college graduates who have completed calculus-based Probability and Statistics within 3 years of starting the Systems Analysis Certificate, an approved substitute for OS2080 to count towards the Systems Analysis Certificate is OS4011 Risk Benefit Analysis, OS3211 Systems Optimization, or OS3080 Data Analysis and Probability Models.

Seats not filled by active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers will be made available for open enrollment to other uniformed officers, Department of the Navy and other federal government civilians, and defense contractor civilians under tuition sponsorship by their organization or agency. The open enrollment tuition for other service military, government civilians, and defense contractors is $2,600 per course. Students are required to purchase their own textbooks. NPS is required to have a Support Agreement (DoN Form 7600A or DD1144) in place with each government funding sponsor prior to acceptance of funding documents.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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