The master's degree in acquisition and contract management can help prepare you for careers in government and commercial organizations across multiple industries. The program addresses many challenges faced by government contracting for specialized acquisitions. These acquisitions include contracts for services, research and development, and information technology. You'll learn to navigate ongoing demands for the implementation of performance-based contracts and competitive sourcing as competition for resources grows within the government and throughout industry.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Acquisition and Contract Management Master's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Create an acquisition strategy based on the life-cycle phases and integrate supply chain management principles, technologies, and processes throughout the acquisitions
  • Conduct public, private, and international acquisitions in a legal and ethical manner
  • Leverage post-award principles and practices to streamline the acquisition process
  • Conduct source selection of products and services strategically
  • Devise a comprehensive plan to handle purchasing and logistics for a commodity
  • Design an effective acquisition sustainability strategy that incorporates risk management techniques to support product and service delivery

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Acquisition and Contract Management Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Foundation Course

  • DCL 600M

Core Courses

  • ACM 610
  • ACM 620
  • ACM 630
  • ACM 640
  • ACM 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • All courses must be taken in the order listed. 
  • You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses. 
  • The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you take ASC 605 to improve your computing skills. We recommend you take ASC 601 to improve your graduate writing skills.