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Acquisition and Contract Management Degree - Master of Science

Degree Information

The Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management enables members of the federal acquisition community and its contracting partners to enhance their acquisition managerial practices. Additional emphasis is placed on the understanding of the acquisition processes, as well as statutory and regulatory requirements.


Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

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  • MBA 600 Survey of Accounting

    Survey of Accounting is designed to provide students with an overall understanding of the manner in which business gathers, processes and uses information. Students are introduced to basic accounting and computer concepts and procedures through case studies and computer projects. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of basic accounting processes and principles, on data management in a computerized environment, and on the basic financial statements. Students are also expected to develop an appreciation of the needs for internal controls in a business. Issues relating to internal control procedures, computer security, privacy issues and ethics will be introduced through readings and case studies. Prereq: Graduate Standing
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  • MBA 610 Applications of Data Analysis for Effective Decision Making

    This course is about the art of analyzing and summarizing data, and converting it into useful information for the purpose of solving business problems and making sound business decisions. Graphs, tables, number summaries, correlation, and regression are among common tools which enable a manger to explore patterns in the data and discover relationships among variables, all of which are major focus in this class. Additionally, students learn about random variables and various distributions, as well as their relevance to business decisions such as stock prices, waiting lines, inventory control, project management, and quality decisions. Finally, to put course content into perspective and demonstrate its relevance to the business environment, students learn specifically how to use time-series data and graphical tools to make forecasting and quality management decisions as well as use visual and numerical tools to manage time and cost of projects. Prerequisite: MBA 605, MBA 606, and MBA 608. For MSA students - there is no prerequisite.
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Note: If you possess a traditional undergraduate degree in business administration, you normally will have met most or all foundation requirements.

The hours made available by this preparation must be met with graduate-level electives. The program requires 36 graduate credit hours of coursework. No undergraduate courses will count toward the Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management.


  • MAQC 620 Project Management

    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
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  • MAQC 660 Business Decision for Contracting †

    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
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  • MAQC 670 Legal Considerations in Contracting †

    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
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  • MAQC 675 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques †

    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
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  • MBA 626 Operations Management Strategies in a Global Context

    This course explores the operations function and the role it plays in attaining and maintaining a competitive edge in the domestic and global markets. It is an overview of how the operations function interfaces with marketing and finance functions to ensure demand for the organization's goods and services. Emphasis is placed on how to acquire and manage necessary resources, and how to plan and control the transformation of those resources into goods and services. Applications in both service and manufacturing organizations are included: Prerequisites: MBA 600, 605, 606, 608, and 610. For MSBAN students – MBA 600 and BAN 600. For MSA students – MBA 610.
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  • MBA 633 Advanced Organizational Behavior

    This course encourages the application of advanced conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the analysis and control of behavior in organizations. Students will practice diagnosing and resolving behavioral and organizational problems related to management functions, individual differences, group and interpersonal conflict, and work/life interface. Includes emphasis on perception, motivation, leadership, influence, work/family conflict, stress, decision-making, diversity, organizational learning, ethics, global issues and change. Prerequisites: For MAQC students - MBA 600 and MBA 610Prereq: MBA 605, 606, and 608
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  • MBA 642 Managerial Accounting

    This course provides an understanding of management information systems used in decision making processes. It is designed with a hands-on approach, encourages participation and interaction through the use of computer projects, case studies, and classroom discussions. Topics include basic cost accounting concepts and terminology, product costing and pricing, planning and controlling a business operation through budgets and variance analysis, and managerial decision-making using such techniques as cost-volume-profit analysis and variable costing. Computers and appropriate computer software will be used. Prereq: MBA 600, 605, 606, and 608
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  • MBA 670 Essentials of Supply Chain Management in a Global Environment

    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. Prerequisites: For MAQC students – MBA 600 and MBA 610
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  • MBA 677 Logistics Management

    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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  • MBA 665 Advanced Law

    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
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  • MMC 610 Conflict and Negotiation

    This course is a study of the causes and resolution of conflict. Emphasis is placed on the theory and practice of negotiation as a primary means of resolving conflict. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
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A Level 2 DAWIA certification for the contracting career field through DAU/FAI may be used to transfer 9 credit hours to the Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management for MAQC 660, 670, and 675.

Students applying for professional license or certification should verify the University’s offerings meet the requirements with the professional organization.

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