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Distance Learning Certificates Overview

The Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM) offers a unique selection of specialized, high-quality, tailored certificates focused on defense management.
  • Distance learning certificate programs are part-time and non-resident.
  • Courses are taught synchronously through a web-based learning platform with live interaction between students and faculty.
  •  Students attend class during regular CONUS duty hours (Pacific Time) from their duty stations. Classes meet once per week for approximately 3 hours per day on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
  •  All GSDM certificate programs are open enrollment except for AAP (curriculum 211), AMDLP (curriculum 212), and DoD Financial Management (curriculum 196) which are cohort-based. Please refer to AAP, AMDLP, and DoD FM certificates for more details regarding admissions eligibility and sponsorship. Open enrollment permits students the flexibility to enroll in quarters that fit with their professional and personal schedules.
  • Students are offered an opportunity to complete individual certificates and to stack a combination of certificates leading to a Professional Master of Business Administration-Distance Learning (PMBA-DL).
  • Students enrolled in a NPS master's degree program may apply eligible courses from the master's degree towards one GSDM certificate.
  • Courses earned from a NPS certificate program may not be applied towards another NPS certificate program.  For example, if two certificates have common courses, those courses can only be counted for one certificate.  
Open to all qualified active-duty military officers and federal agency civilian employees.
Candidates for the certificate programs must have achieved the following:
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university; and
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.2 on a four-point scale
Entry dates are September, January, April, and July of each academic year.
Application deadlines:
  • 28 September 2020 to start January 2021
  • 4 January 2021 to start April 2021
  • 29 March 2021 to start July 2021
  • 6 July 2021 to start September 2021
Requirements for each certificate are met by:
  • Passing each course and obtaining an average overall GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale.
  • Completing all certificate requirements within three years of beginning the certificate program.
  • Tuition for each certificate course is $2,500 for all students except DON active-duty officers.
  • DON active-duty officers are mission funded and their command sponsors do not pay tuition. All other students must be funded by their commands and organizations. Students may not fund their own tuition. 
  • Students are required to pay for their textbooks and course materials. Sponsoring commands and organizations often reimburse students for textbooks and course materials.

For Distance Learning applicants not enrolled at NPS:

Paper Transcripts:

Admissions Office (Official Transcripts) Naval Postgraduate School 1 University Circle, Herrmann Hall Room 061A Monterey, CA 93943-5006

Electronic Transcripts:

admissions@nps.edu

More information is available at NPS Admissions.

For Distance Learning students already enrolled at NPS:

  • Complete the Academic Certificate Enrollment Request Form
  • Email the completed Academic Certificate Enrollment Request Form to the GSDM Distance Learning Education Technician (see the section below entitled Contact Us) no later than thirty days prior to the quarter in which the student will start the requested certificate coursework. The GSDM Distance Learning Education Technician will submit the completed form to the NPS Registrar for processing.
  • If you have satisfied all of the certificate requirements through coursework completed in a NPS master’s degree program, and you are not required to take additional courses to complete the certificate program, email the completed Academic Certificate Enrollment Form to registrar@nps.edu at least two weeks prior to the completion of your graduate degree coursework. Also, email a copy of the completed Academic Certificate Enrollment Form to the GSDM Distance Learning Education Technician.

Are GSDM distance learning graduate certificates courses offered asynchronously, with students studying at their own pace, or on weekends?

GSDM graduate certificate courses are offered synchronously which requires students to be logged on to the course during CONUS duty hours (Pacific Time). GSDM is investigating piloting an asynchronous graduate certificate in the future that would permit students to study at their own pace. No weekend courses are currently offered.

What are the technology requirements for participating in GSDM distance learning courses?

Students are required to have access to the web-based learning platform utilized by GSDM for instruction; GSDM is currently using Zoom.

All courses require students to use a microphone and many courses require students to use a webcam. For questions about these requirements, please contact the GSDM Education Technician.

Students must have access to high-speed internet and a computer with sufficient capacity to utilize Zoom.

If I have earned a NPS graduate degree or if I am a currently enrolled student of a NPS graduate degree, can I apply NPS graduate degree coursework to a NPS graduate certificate program?

Graduates and current students of NPS graduate degree programs can apply coursework to a NPS graduate certificate program. Graduates of NPS graduate degree programs can apply coursework to a NPS graduate certificate program if the coursework was completed after March 2019. Resident and distance learning graduate degree coursework will be reviewed by the certificate’s Academic Associate for consideration.

If I earned a graduate certificate from NPS or if I am currently enrolled in a graduate certificate from NPS, can I apply coursework from my earned or current NPS graduate certificate to a different NPS graduate certificate?

No. Coursework earned from a NPS graduate certificate may not be considered for fulfilling requirements for a different NPS graduate certificate program.

Is there a continued service obligation for participating in a GSDM distance learning certificate program?

DON active duty military officers incur a continued services obligation for service following completion of a certificate program or after dropping out of the program if benefits were used. The period of the continued service obligation is computed in accordance with DoD guidance related to time and cost factors. DON active duty military officers should verify continued service obligation with their detailer.

Active duty military officers of other branches of the United States Armed Forces may incur a continued service obligation. Non-DON active duty military officers should verify continued service obligation with their appropriate military office.

Federal civilian employees may incur a continued service obligation with their sponsoring organization and should contact their sponsor for additional information.

GSDM Distance Learning Education Technician- TBD

GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager: Dr. Christina Hart, cchart@nps.edu, (831) 656-6269

Accordion - Certificate Programs v2.0

Distance Learning Certificates Offered

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
  • MN4307 Program Management Policy and Control
  • MN3302 Advanced Program Management

Click here to apply!

 

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 OR
  • IS4282 Enterprise Information Systems Strategy and Policy
  • MN3331 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management
  • MN3309 Software Acquisition Management for Strategic and Tactical Systems
  • CY3200 Cyberspace Operations Fundamentals OR
  • CS3600 Introduction to Cyber Security

Click here to apply!

 

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 (subject to availability)
  • GB3400 Critical Thinking for Strategic Leadership (subject to availability)

Click here to apply!

 

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:
  • GC4011 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

Click here to apply!

 

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
  • GB4460 Business Risk Management
  • MN3301 Acquisition of Defense Systems

Click here to apply!

 

Contact us for more information about the Principles of Analytical Management Certificate:
  • Dr. Geraldo Ferrer (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-3290, gferrer@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)

Click here to apply!

 

Contact us for more information about the Managerial Logistics Certificate:
  • Dr. Geraldo Ferrer (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-3290, gferrer@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

Click here to apply!

 

Contact us for more information about the Acquisition Logistics Certificate:
  • Dr. Geraldo Ferrer (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-3290, gferrer@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
  • GE4760 Manpower Economics I

Click here to apply!

 

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

Click here to apply!

 

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

Click here to apply!

 

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 delivers a core of defense-focused management courses to equip students with the essential skills for management and leadership roles in the defense establishments of the United States and allied nations. The program prepares graduates to manage organizations, resources, and programs in complex environments. It provides students a defense-focused background in management fundamentals, financial management, economic analysis, operations logistic, and acquisition management. 

 

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

Click here to apply!

 

Contact us for more information about the Defense Management Fundamentals 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 #194

This program educates defense managers in using data to inform decision making in defense organizations. Students will first learn foundational concepts in statistics, probability, programming logic, and database management. They will learn to do basic descriptive and predictive data analyses, and to design those analyses to support managerial decision making. Topics include common statistical methods, as well as machine learning algorithms used for prediction and models of causal inference used estimate the impacts of policies and interventions. In the final quarter, students will learn how these tools are applied in practice across areas of defense management such as manpower, finance, budgeting, logistics, and acquisitions. Mathematical literacy is a requirement for entry, but students are not required to have any prior knowledge of probability, statistics, statistical software, or computer programming. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to produce decision-relevant, data-driven analyses as well as understand and manage data projects and others’ data products. 

 

Required courses:
  • MN3701 - Introduction to Data Analytics for Defense Management
  • MN4702 - Learning from Multi-Variate Data
  • MN4703 - Advanced Model Building for Causal Inference and Prediction
  • MN4704 - Applications of Data Analytics in Defense Management

Click here to apply!

 

Contact us for more information about the Data Analytics for Defense 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 #196

The Certificate in Financial Management is a graduate academic certificate program available via distance learning. Designed for mid-to-senior level leaders interested in financial management and budget, the program prepares students for business, financial, and analysis positions within the DoD. This program supports continuous financial management reform initiatives mandated by Congress and senior leaders, and also supports initiatives to educate mid-to-senior level leaders in the areas of financial management and budget. The program educates and prepares financial managers assisting the DoD's decision-making processes at all levels by providing accurate, timely, and relevant information and analysis. The students can choose between two tracks (i.e., audit or data analytics) by taking two electives courses in addition to the three core courses. 
The DoD Financial Management Certificate 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.

 

Required courses:
  • MN3156 - Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • GE4053 - DoD Mission and Resource Determination
  • GE4510 - Strategic Resource Management or Defense Resources Management Course offered through the Defense Resources Management Institute
Audit Track Elective:
  • GE4520 - Internal Control and Audit
  • GE4530 - Management Control System
Data Track Elective:
  • MN3701 Introduction to Data Analytics for Defense Management and
  • MN4702 Learning from Multi-Variate Data OR
  • GB4556 Data Analytics for Financial and Resource Managers offered through Defense Resources Management Institute

Click here to apply!

 

Contact us for more information about the DoD Financial Management Certificate:
  • Senior Lecturer Philip Candreva (Academic Associate) for curriculum and academic information (831) 656-2884, pjcandre@nps.edu
  • Dr. Christina Hart (GSDM Distance Learning Program Manager) for application, course schedules and financial information (831) 656-6269, cchart@nps.edu

Curriculum #211

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.
 
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 the 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

MN331 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