Advanced Acquisition Program (AAP) - Certificate in Program Management - Curriculum 211

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A
(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953 

Academic Associate

Raymond Jones, COL, USA (Ret.), M.A.

Code GB/Dj, Ingersoll Hall, Room 241
(831) 656-3960, DSN 756-3960

Program Manager

Christina Hart
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 334
(831) 656-6269, DSN 756-6269

Brief Overview

The Advanced Acquisition Program (AAP) is a 12-month, graduate certificate program designed for both the DoD acquisition workforce and professionals working with system acquisition and program management.  Students develop an in-depth knowledge of the defense business and acquisition process. 

This cohort-based program is offered part-time with flexible delivery mode options of online, resident and on-location.  Completion of the AAp certificate satisfies DAWIA Level II and supports Level III in Program Management.  Students also earn up to 19.5 graduate credit hours toward a NPS master's degree program.  Additionally, AAP provides DoD students with up to 195 hours of Continuous Learning under the Continuous Learning program (CLP), 31.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU), 6.38 Business Credits toward the requirement of 24 for the GS-1102 series. 

The AAP is a three-phased graduate certificate program of seven courses delivered over four NPS academic quarters. While the three phases must be completed in sequence, there is no requirement to complete them in the normal one-year time frame (four academic quarters).

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is desired.

Entry Dates

Entry Dates are established in coordination with the sponsoring command.

Program Length

Four Quarters

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Requirements for the AAP are met by successful completion of all seven courses. Graduate credit is obtained by maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Should a graduate of AAP matriculate into the Master of Business Administration degree program in the Systems Acquisition Management (816) curriculum, or the Master of Science in Program Management (836), graduate credit for AAP courses will be applied to the curricula as appropriate.

Past Sponsors

U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command, Warren, MI; U.S. Army Soldier Support Center, Natick, MA; U.S. Navy Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI; U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA.

Program Phases

The program is administered with a phased approach:

  • Phase I is a full-quarter distance-learning course taught via web-based technologies (6 hours in class per week) concentrating on Acquisition and Program Management breadth.
  • Phase II is a series of five one-week courses (40 hours in class per week) taught on-location at the command, in-resident at NPS, or online via web-based technologies.
  • Phase III is a full-quarter, distance-learning course taught via web-based technologies (4 hours of class per week) concentrating on Program Leadership through examination of case studies from actual Defense systems, IPT exercises, and application and written analysis of program management concepts.

Required Courses: Curriculum 211

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3331Principles of Acquisition and Program Management



Quarter 2 and 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3361Software Acquisition Management



MN3362Acquisition Design Verification and System Assessment



MN3363Acquisition Manufacturing and Quality Management



MN3364Business Financial and Contract Management



MN3365Acquisition Logistics & Program Sustainment



Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN4366Defense Acquisition Case Studies