The Master of Science in management's 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. In this career-focused specialization, you'll also learn best practices to use in your current role.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
About the Management Master's Degree with Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Specialization
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
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
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):
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
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- MGMT 630
- MGMT 640
- MGMT 650
- ASCM 626
- ASCM 627
- ASCM 628
- ASCM 629
- ASCM 630
- ASCM 631
- ASCM 632
- MGMT 670
Course Rules and Program Progression
- MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
- MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken instead of MGMT 630.
- ASCM 626 should be taken as the first specialization course.
- ASCM 650 may be taken instead of ASCM 627 and ASCM 630.
- ASCM 629 is prerequisite to ASCM 631.
- MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.
- You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
- Specialization courses should be taken in the order listed.
- 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.
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 lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640. If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.
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.
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.
DAU Course Mapping
UMGC will apply DAU courses to the MS in Management specialization in Acquisition and Supply Chain Management—totaling 3 courses (9 credits). All combinations possible under this agreement are listed below.
Take the following DAU course set to earn credit for ASCM 626:
CON 100, CON 200, and CON 216
Take the following DAU course to earn credit for ASCM 627:
Take one of the following DAU courses/sets of courses to earn credit for ASCM 628:
CON 170, CON 320, and CON 370
Take one of the following DAU courses to earn credit for ASCM 629:
Take the following DAU courses to earn credit for ASCM 630:
Take one of the following DAU courses to earn credit for ASCM 632:
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Chief procurement officer
- Contracting manager
- Course developer
- Logistics manager
- Procurement manager
- Procurement specialist
- Senior consultant
- Senior contracting administrator
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Defense Acquisition University
- Los Angeles Transportation Authority
- National Security Administration
- Small Business Administration
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Postal Service