Student Welcome

Welcome to the Graduate Student Acquisition Research Program

Completing your thesis with the Acquisition Research Program (ARP) will deepen your understanding of acquisition processes and prepare you to lead and innovate as an acquisition professional. ARP provides students with topics, travel funding, professional editing, and transcription services, when needed, at no cost.

Students can choose a sponsor topic or create their own in collaboration with thesis advisers. Sample research areas include the following:

  • acquisition and procurement policy

  • contract, supply chain, cost, project, logistics or engineering management

  • acquisition workforce

  • public budgeting and finance

  • outsourcing

  • performance measurements

  • small business

  • human systems integration

 

Expectations

Students are expected to produce publishable research, stay on schedule, and complete research projects two months prior to graduation. Research findings will be presented at ARP’s annual symposium, held each May in Monterey.

Over the span of about 6 months, you will complete the following steps:

 

Student Briefings

ARP holds student briefings at the beginning of each quarter in Ingersoll Hall. Students will receive more information about the program and can ask questions of the team. Briefings for 2020 are scheduled as follows:

  • Spring: week of April 13
  • Summer: week of July 20
  • Fall: week of October 12
  • Winter: week of January 25

 

Application

Ready to research with ARP?  Full information about program requirements and deadlines can be found in ARP welcome packets organized by graduation date.  

To apply to ARP, email arp@nps.edu with a short cover letter and the following program application materials attached as a single PDF:

  • Signed ARP Application

  • Signed IRB Check List

  • Travel Estimate from DTS (if applicable)

Student information packets can be found below. These include the application, associated forms and samples.  We have also included relevant resources and writing handbooks for your use.

Click on your graduation date to get started.

 

Meet the ARP Team

We would love to meet you!

Drop by the ARP Office (Ingersoll - 372) anytime to meet Jochele & Nadia and talk about our student program.  We can also be reached via email at arp@nps.edu or by phone at (831) 656-3793.

We are excited that you have interest in joining ARP and look forward to working with you.

Hope to see you soon!

 

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