Prepare for advancement in contracting, acquisition, supply chain management, or procurement.

The acquisition and supply chain management specialization is designed for midcareer professionals but is also suitable for newcomers. You'll build a foundation in the strategic and operational aspects of the end-to-end supply chain and procurement functions. Learn best practices to use in your current role in this career-focused specialization.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Specialization

The acquisition and supply chain management curriculum features projects sponsored by real clients, as well as case studies of real supply chain management issues, so what you learn can be applied immediately in the workplace. 

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply the legal structure for public and private acquisition processes
  • Use technology effectively to establish sustainable supply chains that support product and service delivery
  • Apply knowledge of efficient contract management processes throughout the acquisition life cycle
  • Explain how acquisition and supply chain management will evolve through the next decade
  • Interpret the Federal Acquisitions Regulation Universal Commercial Code as it relates to acquisitions and American Bar Association model procurement codes for state and local governments
  • Plan, conduct, and manage negotiated procurements
  • Perform cost analysis preparations and understand all categories of costs, including profit
  • Apply strategic purchasing and logistics methodologies
  • Conduct supply chain management case studies and simulations of managing material flows to optimize supply chains for efficiency

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Serve as a supply chain manager in a simulation, analyzing critical supply chain problems by using a hands-on SCM Globe Simulation tool
  • Serve as a procurement manager to develop an acquisition plan and create contract solicitations based on real-world requirements
  • Evaluate vendors and develop criteria for reward and performance management
  • Analyze a collaborative supply chain case study for a real-world candy company
  • Develop a strategic profit model for a company and determine how inventory should be handled for efficient production

Management Master's Degree with Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Specialization 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 - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 630 or MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.

Specialization Courses

  • ASCM 626
  • ASCM 627
  • ASCM 628
  • ASCM 629
  • ASCM 630
  • ASCM 631
  • ASCM 632

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • Specialization courses should be taken in order listed.
  • ASCM 650 can be taken instead of ASCM 627 and ASCM 630.
  • ASCM 626 must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • ASCM 629 must be taken before ASCM 631.

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

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.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in contracting, acquisition, supply chain management, or procurement.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have strong writing and analytical skills and a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Special Designations

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UMGC's graduate acquisition coursework is focused on the core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association. NCMA members can apply successfully completed 3-credit courses within UMGC's acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate and management master's degree specialization toward continuing professional education credits required for NCMA certification and recertification.

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If you're looking to advance your career in acquisitions, take advantage of UMGC's educational alignment with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act and the Federal Acquisition Certification requirements.

UMGC is working with Defense Acquisition University and the Federal Acquisition Institute to help ensure that the acquisition workforce gains the skills, certifications, and academic credentials needed for increased effectiveness and career advancement.

Take the following courses at UMGC to meet DAWIA/FAC-C certification requirements while earning 3 credits per course toward your Master of Science in management with a specialization in acquisition and supply chain management.

  • ASCM 626
    (equivalent to DAU's CON 100) 
  • ASCM 627
    (equivalent to DAU's CON 216)
  • ASCM 630
    (equivalent to DAU's CON 200)