The Bachelor of Arts in Government Contracting and Acquisition prepares you for careers in the contract management profession, including government contracting within federal agencies or military and civilian defense establishments. In this online degree program, you’ll complete simulation-based scenario assignments created from real-world case studies. This program takes advantage of the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) as defined by the National Contract Management Association. Note: This program evolved from the former Military Management and Program Acquisition degree.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Explain the acquisition cycle and process, and the use and application of a contract audit.
  • Explain contract requirements, types of contracts, and contingency contracting authorities and structure.
  • Demonstrate how a Defense Contract Audit Agency audit report can be prepared to meet a negotiation objective, along with the workings of a competitive discussion.
  • Explain the elements of cost in overhead, and calculate a price and cost objective using simple regression analysis, learning curve analysis, and statistics.
  • Explain the FAR requirements for forward pricing rates, billing rates, and final overhead rates.
  • Explain the Joint Theater Support Contracting Command (JTSCC).
  • Explain ethics standards expected of government and contractor personnel, along with appropriate laws, regulations, and policies for a routine procurement.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required48
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements39
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH120Introduction to Statistics3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

 Major Required (48 semester hours)

ACCT105Accounting for Non Accounting Majors3
BUSN100Basics of Business3
COLL300Research, Analysis, and Writing3
BUSN333Project Management for Business Analysts3
DEFM305Acquisition Business Management3
DEFM310Program and Acquisition Management I3
DEFM311Program and Acquisition Management II3
DEFM312Defense Budget Development and Execution3
DEFM410Program Appraisal3
DEFM415Acquisition Test & Evaluation3
DEFM420Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques3
DEFM421Joint Contingency Contracting3
DEFM422Mission Support Contracting I3
DEFM423Mission Support Contracting II3
DEFM424Overhead Management of Defense Contracts3
MATH302Statistics3
Total Semester Hours48

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

MGMT495Senior Seminar in Management 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (39 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.