General Program Information:

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is responsible for developing the policy, implementation guidance, and the management of training programs for military and civilian acquisition workforce members. The Army DACM Office is the sponsor for the NPS-MSPM. The NPS-MSPM program is an 8-quarter part-time degree program that is conducted by distributed learning. All classes use an Internet tool called “Collaborate.” Collaborate uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to send both video and audio over the Internet to any computer logged into the course site. The NPS-MSPM program is delivered exclusively over the Internet using two 3-hour sessions a week from 0800-1100 (Pacific Time). To use Collaborate, students will need Internet access, a personal computer (PC) microphone, and a PC camera (optional). There is no special software for Collaborate.

Several Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course equivalencies are earned while attending this course of study. Students who complete the degree program may earn Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) training requirements for Program Management 352; Contracting Series; Systems Engineering (SYS 101,202, 203); Software Acquisition Management (SAM 201); Production and Quality Management (PQM 101 and 201); and Test and Evaluation (TST 204).

The NPS-MSPM degree is designed to provide acquisition professionals a defense-focused advanced degree in a distance learning environment. The curriculum provides acquisition professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to lead and manage effectively. Students will engage in the study of concepts, methodologies and analytical techniques necessary for successful leadership of programs/projects within complex organizations. The curriculum focuses on problem solving and decision making within the acquisition environment using case studies, teaming exercises, hands-on applications, active participation, research and integrative exercises.


Congratulations to the 31 applicants who were selected and approved on 11 May 2015 to participate in the Naval Postgraduate School -Masters of Science in Program Management.

The next announcement is scheduled to open February 2016.

Admission Requirements:

NPS and USAASC Army DACM Office Eligibility Requirements

NPS Eligibility Requirements:
Must Have:
  • A baccalaureate degree (annotated on ACRB) with a minimum undergraduate quality point rating (QPR) of 2.20 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Be certified at Level II or higher in any army Acquisition Career Field (ACF)
  • Completed a course in statistics or a pre-calculus course

USAASC Army DACM Office Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a permanent civilian member of the Army acquisition workforce
  • Must be a GS-11 through GS-15 or broadband/pay band equivalent
  • Must be Level III certified in primary ACF
  • Must have a Letter of Acceptance from the Naval Postgraduate School
  • Must not currently have a master’s degree in an acquisition or business related discipline

NOTE:The application and board process used to select individuals for the NPS-MSPM program will be AAPDS. AAPDS is an automated application system that can be accessed via the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP). Eligible Army acquisition workforce members must click on the “Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System” (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the “AAPDS” tab and then select the “Apply” tab. Select the blue link under status (if available) to apply to the program.

NPS Admission Requirement

All Army acquisition workforce members must obtain a letter of acceptance from NPS. Individuals admitted to NPS-MSPM program as a result of prior NPS-MSPM program announcements can use the prior year’s letter of acceptance to apply for the current announcement. Individuals should verify their current admission eligibility with NPS before using the prior year’s acceptance letter. Applicants may apply for NPS admission at the following link:


PDF 2014 NSP-MSPM Policy and Procedures (18 December 2014)

pdf NPS-MSPM Resume Format (November 20, 2013)


USAASC Point of Contact (everything consideration of funds and application related)
Ms. Uhura N. Smith
Commercial: 703-805-1241 (DSN: 655)
(f) 703-805-1256

NPS-MSPM Point of Contact (everything admissions and curriculum related):
Ms. Ronda Spelbring
Program Administrator
Commercial: 831-656-2091