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General Program Information
The US Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is responsible for developing the policy, implementation guidance, and the management of training programs for military and civilian workforce members. USAASC is the sponsor for the NPS- MSPM.MSPM is an 8-quarter part-time degree program that is conducted by distributed learning. All classes use an internet tool called “Elluminate.” Elluminate uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to send both video and audio over the Internet to any computer logged into the course site. MSPM is delivered exclusively over the Internet using two 3-hour sessions a week from 0800-1100 (Pacific Time). To use Elluminate, students will need Internet access, a personal computer (PC) microphone, and a PC camera (optional). There is no special software for Elluminate.
Several Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course equivalencies are earned while attending this course of study. Students who complete the degree program earn Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) training requirements for Program Management (PMT 352); Software Acquisition Management (SAM 101); Systems Engineering (SYS 101, 202, 203); Contracting (CON 100, CON 115); Production and Quality Management (PQM 101 and 201); and Test and Evaluation (TST 203).
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.