Contract specialists are critical to managing the complete life cycle of a contract – from procuring goods and services for business operations to distribution and closing out contracts. A professional in acquisition and contract management requires a unique blend of business acumen and a mastery of statistical and quantitative analysis.
The Bellevue University Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management degree can be the catalyst to help advance your career as a contract manager. If you currently are an experienced professional in the field, you'll be prepared for mid- to advanced-level roles in acquisitions and contracts in any industry. You'll also gain the specialized knowledge and skills required for careers in military or federal government contracting entities and their contracting partners.
The Master's in Acquisition and Contract Management is offered as a flexible online degree. Our advanced curriculum combines business, financial management, and procurement principles with emphases on:
You will be prepared to apply complex knowledge of the legislation, regulations, and methods of operations used in contracting, supply chain and logistics considerations, cost factors, and product requirements, to enhance acquisitions management practices. All Bellevue University degrees are designed to deliver a transformative student learning experience that is flexible to accommodate your personal and work life.
Successful completion of the degree will prepare you for mid- or advanced-level positions in federal government, civilian and military settings.
The Bellevue University M.S. in Acquisition and Contract Management curriculum can help you in preparing to obtain Level II or III Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification through Defense Acquisition University/FAI.*
See the Careers page for more information on contract manager careers. Graduates will form the following sets of skills:
Manage, supervise, or develop policies and procedures involving procurement of supplies, services, construction, or research and development; using formal advertising, request for proposal and negotiation
Evaluate contract price proposals
Administer or terminate and close out contracts
Know the legislation, regulations and business methods related to contracts, fiscal law, subcontracting, dispute and claims, fraud, debt, and terminations
Apply data analysis, critical thinking and problem solving to contract management
Use time-series data and graphical tools to make forecasting and quality management decisions, as well as use visual and numerical tools to manage time and cost of projects
Plan and execute project schedules using critical path, PERT, and Gantt charts
Acquire and manage resources to plan and control the transformation of those resources into goods and services
*If you already possess a Level II or III DAWIA certificate through DAU/FAI you may be able to apply a limited amount of credit to certain master level courses. See the curriculum page for more information.