Current Student Affairs

The MOVES Program Officer is LCDR Eric McMullen, USN
(831) 656-7980, DSN 756-7980
Office: Glasgow Hall East, Room 309

The Program Officer is an organizational entity that is separate from, but interactive with, the Academic Departments, Groups and Committees in the educational operations of the school. The Program Officer is a U.S. Naval officer whose primary functions, with assistance from civilian faculty members, are to:

  1. Provide academic counseling and military supervision of officer students
  2. Develop and manage curriculum to ensure attainment of professional and academic objectives
  3. Liaison with curricular sponsor representatives

George L. Phillips Award for MOVES Graduates

MOVES Program Officer Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

  • Students should read and follow
  • Ask questions if something is not clear

“How to Get Your GreenSheet” brief (2011-04)

  • Explains your time here in the MOVES degree program at NPS
  • Provides a summary of degree requirements and useful links

MOVES Thesis Research Guide (Effective 2009-08)

  • A guide to assist you in conducting your thesis research and writing your master’s thesis

MOVES Thesis Guidelines

Thesis abstracts must answer the following questions:

  1. What is the problem that has been addressed?
    • Also: Why is this problem an important problem?
    • Also: What are existing approaches/solutions?
  2. What was the method employed to solve the problem, and maybe: why was this method chosen?
  3. What was the result?
    • Give the most important quantitative/qualitative result(s).
    • For example, show that the method solve the problem?
    • And, how does the method shape up against other methods?

As in any academic institution, theses and their abstracts need to exhibit academic rigor and follow principles of scientific evaluation. The clearer your abstract states those three main points, the more important your thesis will be. Writing abstracts is a difficult matter and can not be done as the last step of your thesis. It needs to be drafted, re-written, and changed again to be more concise, more legible, and most importantly, to be accurate. You cannot claim that you solved a problem if your results section in the thesis does not back that up.

Approvals:  The student’s thesis advisor, the Program Officer and the MOVES Academic Committee Chair must approve the study program and the thesis topic.

Thesis proposal template (effective 2009-07)

  • The most recent version is always here

NPS IRB Student Research Checklist

  • All students and their advisors must complete and sign this checklist found on the NPS IRB website and attach it with the Thesis Research Proposal
  • One checklist per proposal

Thesis proposal sample (effective 2009-07)

  • A sample of a good thesis proposal following the template

Thesis proposal sample for joint thesis with a non-MOVES student (effective 2009-07)

Thesis advisor policy

  • Check this when preparing your thesis proposal

USMC Thesis Opportunites

  • The Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity maintains a list of thesis topics which you might consider

Graduation checklist

  • Things you must complete before graduation

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