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Acquisition and Contract Management

Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management prepares you to be an expert in military or government acquisition and contract management. The degree combines complex business and procurement knowledge with an emphasis on business relationships, strategic sourcing, risk management, contract financing, subcontracting plans and customer and contractor analysis.

The Acquisition and Contract Management degree requires 36 graduate credit hours. Students without a bachelor's degree in business must take two undergraduate business foundational courses.

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Courses in the major include:

In this course, students will learn to interpret the role of professional responsibility in project management and evaluate the application of the proper project management tools and techniques to create a project plan. The course also will allow students to determine the necessary components to create a project schedule including critical path, PERT, and Gantt charts. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
This course focuses on the pre-award business and contracting knowledge necessary to process complex procurement with an emphasis on the following topics: business relationship, strategic sourcing, risk management, contract financing, subcontracting plans, source selection, and contractor responsibility. Students can apply the knowledge learned to practical exercises involving acquisition planning, source selection, and award of technical support service contracts. Additional topics include service case communication, teaming and leadership, customer analysis, spend analysis, multiple award IDIQ, and formal source selection. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
This course focuses on the legal considerations in the procurement process with an emphasis on contract law, fiscal law, protests, assignment of claims, subcontracting, dispute and claims, fraud, debt, and terminations. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
This course focuses on cost analysis and negotiation techniques and topics including cost analysis, quantitative techniques, indirect cost, accounting and est. systems audits, FCCM, profit analysis, and negotiations of acquisition planning, cost analysis, negotiation, and contract administration. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
This course is a comprehensive study of law and its application in business operations and examines the influence of political, social, and regulatory issues on the formation and interpretation of the law. Topics include contracts, negotiable instruments, bankruptcy, agency and employment relationships, and property concepts. Emphasis is placed on applying these concepts to business decisions while considering both ethical and global perspectives. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
This course examines classical and contemporary issues in managing supply chains in domestic and global environments. The capabilities that a supply chain must have to support a firm’s business strategy are studied. Students learn to analyze and assess the strategic role of the supply chain and the fundamental issues in managing them. Methodologies for designing and planning a supply chain are introduced and methods to apply them in supply chain activities are learned. Prerequisite: MBA 500 or MSCM 500; MAQC Prerequisite: MBA 500
The course provides students with a thorough overview of the Logistics Management concepts and their interface with other functional areas. Students will learn about activities involved in moving and storing materials and information through the supply chain. Course activities include developing and integrating models of procurement, transportation, warehousing, materials handling and information storage. Problem solving projects and assignments require basic knowledge of Excel and Access. Prerequisites: For MAQC students - MBA 600 and MBA 610

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