ANNOUNCEMENT OF NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MASTER OF SYSTEMS /ANALYSIS DEGREE PROGRAM

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SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MASTER OF SYSTEMS
/ANALYSIS DEGREE PROGRAM//



GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  THE NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL (NPS) IS CURRENTLY
ACCEPTING ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR ITS NEW DISTRIBUTED LEARNING
MASTER OF SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (MSA) DEGREE OFFERED THROUGH 24 FEB 06.
OPEN TO QUALIFIED UNIFORMED OFFICERS AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
CIVILIANS, THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO APPLY
CRITICAL THINKING AND ANALYTICAL SKILLS TO SUPPORT KEY DECISIONS IN
BOTH OPERATIONAL AND STAFF ASSIGNMENTS.
2.  THE MSA PROGRAM IS TAILORED TO STUDENTS WHOSE CAREER PATHS DO
NOT ALLOW THEM TO ENROLL IN A FULL-TIME GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAM
AND IS FULLY FUNDED BY NETC (INCLUDING ALL TEXTBOOKS AND COURSE
MATERIALS).  THE SPRING 2006-2008 MSA CLASS IS LIMITED TO 25
STUDENTS AND WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF 27 MAR 06.  TO BE ELIGIBLE, A
STUDENT MUST HAVE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (BA OR BS) WITH A GRADE
POINT AVERAGE OF 2.2 OR BETTER, HAVE TAKEN CALCULUS WITH A "C" OR
BETTER AND HAVE A FAVORABLE COMMAND ENDORSEMENT.
3.  THE MSA PROGRAM IS A 24-MONTH, PART-TIME PROGRAM DELIVERED USING
A BLENDED MIX OF DISTANCE LEARNING METHODS.  STUDENTS TAKE TWO
COURSES A QUARTER FOR EIGHT CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS WITH ONE COURSE
DELIVERED ASYNCHRONOUSLY USING WEB-BASED INSTRUCTION (ONLINE) AND
ONE COURSE DELIVERED SYNCHRONOUSLY USING VIDEO-TELE-EDUCATION (VTE).
THE WEB-BASED COURSES ARE PACED WEEK-TO-WEEK BY THE INSTRUCTORS,
BUT STUDENTS HAVE GREAT FLEXIBILITY TO DO THEIR COURSEWORK AT TIMES
OF THEIR CHOOSING DURING EACH WEEK.  THE VTE CLASSES MEET FOR A
3-HOUR SESSION ON TUESDAYS FROM 0800-1100 (PACIFIC TIME) EACH WEEK.
4.  STUDENTS WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE PROGRAM EARN A
CERTIFICATE IN SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND A MASTER OF SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
DEGREE.  A SECOND CERTIFICATE IS ALSO EARNED IN A SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
CONTEXT OPTION TRACK APPROVED BY THE STUDENT'S SPONSOR THAT
CURRENTLY INCLUDES DEFENSE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION SYSTEMS
TECHNOLOGY, SPACE SYSTEMS, ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE, AND INFORMATION
SYSTEMS AND OPERATIONS.  THE MSA IS A PROFESSIONAL DEGREE AWARDED
FOR COMPLETING A CURRICULUM FOCUSED ON PRACTICE OF THE PROFESSION
RATHER THAN THE MORE GENERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE BEHIND THE PROFESSION.
5.  A NEW MSA CLASS IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN EACH SPRING AND FALL
QUARTER DELIVERED INITIALLY TO THREE PRIMARY LOCATIONS:  WASHINGTON,
DC (PENTAGON), NORFOLK, VA, AND SAN DIEGO, CA.  THE CLASSROOM AT
EACH LOCATION WILL BE DETERMINED AT A LATER DATE AND PROMULGATED TO
ALL SELECTED STUDENTS.
6.  FOR MORE MSA INFORMATION AND DETAILS VISIT THE WEBSITE AT
HTTP:/WWW.NPS.EDU/DL/NPSO/DEGREE_PROGS/MSA.HTML, OR EMAIL THE NPS
OFFICE OF CONTINUOUS LEARNING PROGRAM MANAGER AT OCLPROGMGR@NPS.EDU,
OR EMAIL OUTREACH REPRESENTATIVES BY LOCATION BELOW:
- MITCH COOK (WASHINGTON DC) AT MCOOK@NPS.EDU
- JOE VAUGHN (NORFOLK, VA) AT NORFOLKFCA@NPS.EDU
- GEORGE ZOLLA (SAN DIEGO, CA) AT SANDIEGOFCACA@NPS.EDU
7.  RELEASED BY VADM J. C. HARVEY, JR., N1/NT.//
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