Advanced Acquisition Studies - Curriculum 217 (Resident)

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A
(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953
mtgeiser1@nps.edu 

Academic Associate

Dr. Robert Mortlock, Professor of the Practice
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 314
(831) 656-2672, 756-2672
rfmortlo@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Certificate in Advanced Acquisition Studies is graduate academic certificate program available to NPS resident students. Designed for students interested in Defense system acquisition and program management processes, the program operationalizes the business of Defense acquisition and creates Acquisition Warriors for the DoD.  This program supports continuous acquisition reform initiatives mandated by Congress and senior leaders and also supports initiatives to educate operational warfighters in the business of acquisition. The program contributes to Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications in Program Management, Test & Evaluation, Production & Quality Management career fields. Additionally, the program provides education supporting for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.  Requirements for Entry:  a baccalaureate degree defined in section 4.2 of the Academic Council policy manual.  Entry Dates: at the beginning of any quarter throughout an academic year (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct).  Program Length:  the program length is flexible, and students can take the classes in any academic quarter.  Graduate Certificate Requirements:  requirements for the graduate Certificate in Advanced Acquisition Studies are met by successful completion of four of the available courses. Graduate credit is obtained by maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Advanced Acquisition Studies

Required Courses

Students have three options for the one required course:
Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3331Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

5

1

-or-

MN3301Acquisition of Defense Systems

4

0

-or-

MN3221Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I

3

0

MN3222Principles of Acquisition and Program Management II

3

0

In addition to the required courses, any 3 of the following courses

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3302Advanced Project Management

3

0

MN3309Software Acquisition Management for Strategic and Tactical Systems

4

1

MN3384Acquisition Production, Quality and Manufacturing Decision Science

4

1

MN4307Defense Acquisition Program Management Case Studies

4

0

MN4470Strategic Planning and Policy for the Logistic Manager

4

0

MN4602Acquisition Test and Evaluation Decision Science

3

2