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Curriculum #218

The Advanced Acquisition Studies (AAS) Certificate is designed for students interested in defense system acquisition and program management processes. This certificate program operationalizes the business of defense acquisition and creates Acquisition Warriors for the DoD while supporting continuous acquisition reform initiatives mandated by Congress and senior leaders. Coursework in AAS contributes to Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications in the career fields of Program Management, Test and Evaluation, and Production and Quality Management. Additionally, the program provides education supporting the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Required courses:

· MN3221 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I OR

GE3221 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I

· MN3222 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management II OR

GE3222 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management II

 

Elective courses - Students are required to take three of the following courses:

· MN3309 Software Acquisition Management for Strategic and Tactical Systems

· MN3384 Principles of Acquisition Production and Quality Management

· MN4470 Strategic Planning and Policy for the Logistics Manager

· MN4602 Test and Evaluation Management

· MN4900 Readings in Management: Project Management Professional

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Contact Us for more information about the Advanced Acquisition Studies Certificate:

· Dr. Robert Mortlock (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-2672, rfmortlo@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

 

Curriculum #198

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certificate will provide the critical education required by the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 to manage government information technology systems. This certificate will allow its graduates to effectively manage the resources, people, processes and technologies necessary to ensure our information technology systems optimize mission performance and information assurance. Students in the CIO Certificate program will understand acquisition reforms mandated by Congress and senior public leaders as they relate to cyber and information systems.

Required courses:

· GB4021 Strategic Management of Information Technology

· MN3331 Acquisition of Defense Systems

· MN3309 Software Acquisition Management for Strategic and Tactical Systems

· CY3201 Foundations of Cyber Operations

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Contact Us for more information about the Chief Information Officer Certificate:

· Professor Ray Jones (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-3960, rdjone1@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #206

Strategic thinking is central to military organizations, yet it can be very difficult. Completion of the Strategic Leadership Certificate increases students’ ability to think strategically, to understand and analyze trends in the strategic environment, and to be influential, strategic leaders. Students will examine historical examples and best practices in organizations, obtain a better appreciation of senior leadership perspectives on organizational strategy, and improve their analytical and critical thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of competitors and their own organization. As a result of improved strategic thinking, organizational analysis skills, and strategic communication competencies, students will be better prepared to develop productive strategies and lead their organizations toward greater performance.

Required courses:

· MN3012 Communications Strategies for Effective Leadership

· MN4105 Strategic Management OR

GE4016 Strategic Management

· MN4474 Organizational Analysis OR

GE3010 Organizations as Systems and Structures (requires a one-week residency at NPS)

Elective courses - Students are required to take one of the following courses:

· GE3109 Ethics and Moral Development

· MN3811 Innovation Adoption and Implementation

· MN3400 Critical Thinking for Strategic Leadership

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Contact Us for more information about the Strategic Leadership Certificate:

· Dr. Deborah Gibbons (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-1842, degibbon@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #208

The quality of leadership impacts an organization’s effectiveness, its employees’ satisfaction, and the ability of the organization to adapt to new challenges. Successful missions in the future will depend on military officers and civilian administrators who know how to lead with excellence in public organizations. Completion of this certificate builds knowledge, skills, and ethical standards that are necessary components of great leadership within public organizations. Students will develop advanced leadership skills, including the ability to cultivate effective groups and teams, negotiate consensus among stakeholders, improve climate and productivity, and facilitate high-performance decision-making processes while modeling ethical reasoning and behavior that will inspire the next generation.

Required courses:

· GB4011 Ethical Leadership in Public Organizations

· MN3118 Negotiation and Consensus Building

· MN3015 Leading Teams

 

Elective courses - Students are required to take one of the following courses:

· MN4017 High-performance Decision Practices

· MN4125 Managing Planned Change in Complex Organizations

· GE3010 Organizations as Systems and Structures (requires a one-week residency at NPS)

· MN4474 Organizational Analysis

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Contact Us for more information about the Leadership for Public Administrators Certificate:

· Dr. Deborah Gibbons (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-1842, degibbon@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #202

The Operations and Logistic Management faculty designed this certificate to equip students with the fundamental tools for management based on rigorous analytical methods. It is designed for both civilian and military managers who are looking to upgrade and update their managerial and analytical skills. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to analyze data to inform and support managerial decisions, design and analyze business processes and apply quantitative decision making tools to develop solutions in defense business contexts.

Required courses:

· GE3040 Statistics for Executive Management

· GE3042 Process Analytics

· GE4043 Business Modeling and Analysis

 

Elective courses - Students are required to take one of the following courses:

· GE3010 Organizations as Systems and Structures (requires a one-week residency at NPS)

· MN4474 Organizational Analysis

· GE3050 Financial Reporting and Analysis

· GE3070 Economics for Defense Managers

· MN4460 Business Risk Management

· MN3301 Acquisition of Defense Systems

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Contact Us for more information about the Principles of Analytical Management Certificate:

· Dr. Eva Regnier (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-2912, eregnier@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #220

The Operations and Logistic Management faculty designed this certificate to equip students with logistics leadership skills based on rigorous applied analytical and managerial methods. It is designed for both civilian and military managers who are looking to upgrade and update their professional skills. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to lead process improvement efforts in logistics, implement effective supply chain strategies, and manage innovation in inter-organizational relationships.

Prerequisite Courses - Students must complete prerequisite courses prior to starting this certificate’s curriculum:

· GE3040 Statistics for Executive Management

· GE3042 Process Analytics

· GE4043 Business Modeling and Analysis

 

Required courses:

· MN4450 Logistics Strategy

· MN4480 Supply Chain Management

· MN4485 Supply Chain Strategy

 

Elective courses - Students are required to take two of the following courses:

· MN4105 Strategic Management OR

GE4016 Strategic Management

· MN3118 Negotiation and Consensus Building

· MN3811 Innovation Adoption and Implementation

· MN4474 Organizational Analysis OR

GE3010 Organizations as Systems and Structures (requires a one-week residency at NPS)

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Contact Us for more information about the Managerial Logistics Certificate:

· Dr. Eva Regnier (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-2912, eregnier@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #204

The Operations and Logistic Management faculty designed this certificate to equip students with acquisition logistics skills based on rigorous applied analytical methods. It is designed for both civilian and military managers who are looking to upgrade and update their managerial and analytical skills. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to implement supply chain strategies to support weapons systems and to direct logistics activities to deliver cost-effective readiness. DoD and DON students may fulfill Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level 1 certification requirements in Life Cycle Logistics in a small number of courses.

Prerequisite Courses- Students must complete prerequisite courses prior to starting this certificate’s curriculum:

· GE3040 Statistics for Executive Management

· GE3042 Process Analytics

· GE4043 Business Modeling and Analysis

 

Required courses:

· MN4450 Logistics Strategy

· MN4480 Supply Chain Management

· MN4485 Supply Chain Strategy

 

Elective courses- Students are required to take two of the following courses:

· MN3221 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I OR

GE3221 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management I

 

· MN3222 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management II OR

GE3222 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management II

· MN3303 Principles of Acquisition and Contract Management

· MN3612 Fraud Examination

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Contact Us for more information about the Acquisition Logistics Certificate:

· Dr. Eva Regnier (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-2912, eregnier@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #230

The Cost-Benefit Analysis and Program Evaluation Certificate teaches students the fundamental theories of economics and public policy that are necessary to understand consumer behavior and choice, the role of the public sector in the free-market economy, personnel economics, and cost-benefit analysis. Economic insights will be combined with the institutional expertise of GSDM faculty to tailor the learning experience to defense-related areas. Students will gain subject mastery to critically evaluate cutting-edge research, allowing their organizations to make optimal use of the information contained in reports from academia, military-focused policy organizations, and other government agencies.

Required courses:

· GE3040 Statistics for Executive Management

· GE3070 Economics for Defense Managers

· GB4071 Advanced Economic and Defense Policy Analysis

 

Elective courses - Students are required to take one of the following courses:

· GE4043 Business Modeling and Analysis

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Contact Us for more information about the Cost-Benefit Analysis and Program Evaluation Certificate:

· Dr. Marigee Bacolod (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-3302, mbacolod@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #238

The Basic Contract Management Certificate is designed for students interested in basic concepts of defense contract management. This certificate supports continuous acquisition reform initiatives mandated by Congress and senior leaders, and as well as supporting initiatives to educate operational warfighters in the business of contract management. Coursework contributes to Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in the Contract Management career field.

Required courses:

· MN3303 Principles of Acquisition and Contracting

· MN3312 Government Contract Law

· MN3320 Contract Cost and Price Analysis

· MN3321 Federal Contract Negotiations

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Contact Us for more information about the Basic Contract Management Certificate:

· CDR Brett Schwartz (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-6976, bmschwar1@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #244

The Advanced Contract Management Certificate is designed for students interested in advanced concepts of defense contract management. This certificate supports continuous acquisition reform initiatives mandated by Congress and senior leaders, and as well as supporting initiatives to educate operational warfighters in the business of contract management. Coursework contributes to Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in the Contract Management career field in conjunction with the Basic Contract Management Certificate (Curriculum #238).

Required courses:

· MN3315 Acquisition Management and Contract Administration

· MN3318 Contingency Contracting or an acceptable related substitute approved by the Academic Associate

· MN4311 Contracting for Services

· MN4371 Acquisition and Contracting Policy

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Contact Us for more information about the Advanced Contract Management Certificate:

· CDR Brett Schwartz (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-6976, bmschwar1@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #192

The Defense Management Fundamentals Certificate is offered as a stand-alone certificate as well as the first certificate in a sequence that stack into the Professional Master of Business Administration- Distance Learning (PMBA-DL).

Required courses - Four-course sequence chosen from the five academic areas below:

1. Acquisition Management

· MN3303 Principles of Acquisition and Contract Management

 

2. Organizations and Management

· GE3010 Organizations as Systems and Structures OR

· MN4474 Organizational Analysis OR

· GE3109 Ethics and Moral Development

 

3. Manpower and Economics

· GE3070 Economics for Defense Managers

 

4. Operations and Logistics Management

· GE3042 Process Analytics

 

5. Financial Management

· GE4053 DoD Mission and Resource Determination

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Contact Us for more information about the Defense Management Fundamentals Certificate:

· Dr. Nick Dew (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-3622, ndew@nps.edu

· Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

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(Curriculum 211)

AAP is a cohort-based certificate program that must be sponsored in full by a federal organization; sponsoring federal organization selects all participating students. Cost-sharing partnerships between multiple interested federal organizations can be arranged. Open enrollment seats may be available in a scheduled cohort with agreement by federal organization sponsoring the cohort.

AAP At A Glance:

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.

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 timeframe of four consecutive academic quarters.

Requirement for Admission

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) curriculum, graduate credit for AAP courses will be applied to the curricula as appropriate.

Program Phases

 The AAP is administered with a phased approach:

  • Phase I is a full-quarter distance learning course taught via web-based technologies (6 hours of 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 for AAP Curriculum 211

Phase I

 

Course Number

Course Title

Lecture Hours

Lab Hours

MN3331

Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

5

1

 

Phase II

 

 

 

Course Number

Course Title

Lecture Hours

Lab Hours

MN3361

Software Acquisition Management

2

0

MN3362

Acquisition Design Verification and System Assessment

2

0

MN3363

Acquisition Manufacturing and Quality Management

2

0

MN3364

Business Financial and Contract Management

2

0

MN3365

Acquisition Logistics and Program Sustainment

2

0

 

Phase III

 

Course Number

Course Title

Lecture Hours

Lab Hours

MN4366

Program Management and Leadership

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information, please contact the AAP Program Director:
Raymond Jones, Professor of the Practice
COL, USA (Ret.), M.A.
(831) 656-3960, DSN  756-3960
rdjone1@nps.edu

Curriculum 212)

The Naval Postgraduate School offers acquisition management distance education graduate acquisition courses that satisfy certain Defense Acquisition University (DAU) mandatory training requirements and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements for 24 semester-hours of business subjects. These courses can also be taken for continuing education that can lead to a master’s degree program. These courses are offered primarily by online distance learning methods.

Eligibility:

Courses are offered to both military and federal civilians. Undergraduate degree is preferred. Courses must be sponsored in full by a federal organization.

Delivery mode: 

Non-resident

Entry Dates:

Entry dates can be at the beginning of any quarter throughout an academic year (January, April, July, or October).

Cost:

This program is funded by the student’s parent command (any federal organization), and is designed to accommodate professionals who are unable to travel away from the office for weeks of education. Schedules are coordinated with sponsoring commands, avoiding conflicts with major projects and deadlines. The program manager can help arrange cost sharing partnerships between various interested organizations. Contact the program manager for more information and the latest price list.

How to Apply:

If your organization is sponsoring the course, you will need to complete an NPS application via the online NPS Application Management System. Select Program 211. You should have received information regarding the correct start Academic Year and Quarter.

Contact:

Academic associate: Ray Jones, rdjone1@nps.edu