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Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower

ABET Accreditation Information

ABET is the premier accreditation board for education in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.  Both the Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (ENM) and Ocean Engineering (EOE) programs at USNA are accredited by ABET.  This means that the programs are regularly reviewed by teams of professionals who can certify that the education offered by the NAOE Department meets (or exceeds) quality standards supported by the international community of experts in our respective fields.  Students who graduate from accredited programs are ensured that their education meets the standards of the profession.

As part of the accreditation process, ABET requires programs to publish student enrollment and graduation numbers, and to provide program educational objectives and student outcomes.  

Student Enrollment and Degree Information

The following table details student enrollment and graduation information for the Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (ENM) major:

ENM Enrollment 2019

The following table details student enrollment and graduation information for the Ocean Engineering (EOE) major:


EOE Enrollment 2019

Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (ENM) and Ocean Engineering (EOE)

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The PEOs of each program are to develop officers in the Naval Service who, within several years after graduation, have:

  1. Completed a relevant technical qualification within their respective career path.
  2. Succeeded in a broad range of in-service and post-service technical roles to include Naval Service professional schools, graduate engineering programs, and/or professional engineering licensure.
  3. Demonstrated insight into fundamental engineering principles while fulfilling engineering and/or project management roles in the conception, design, fabrication, construction, operation, and maintenance of engineering systems under conflicting constraints.

Student Outcomes

The Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering Department employs the following traditional ABET outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
    1. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  4. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  5. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and integrate data, use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  6. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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