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 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.

Announcements:

“On 8 May 2014, the Army DDACM approved 31 new students to participate in Class 836-151 NPS-MSPM program beginning 30 September 2014. Congratulations to the new participants! The next NPS-MSPM announcement is scheduled to open February 2015!

Admission Requirements:


NPS and USAASC Eligibility Criteria

NPS Eligibility Requirements
Must Have:
  • A baccalaureate degree with a minimum undergraduate quality point rating of 2.20 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be certified at Level II or higher in any one of the 15 Acquisition Career Fields in the DAU Interactive Catalog:
    • program management
    • contracting
    • purchasing
    • production, quality, and manufacturing
    • business, cost estimating, and financial management
    • facilities engineering
    • information technology
    • life-cycle logistics
    • test and evaluation
    • systems planning, research, development, and engineering (SPRDE) program systems engineer
    • SPRDE — development and engineering — science and technology manager
    • SPRDE —systems engineering
    • Completed a college algebra or pre-calculus course

USAASC Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be permanent civilian member of the AL&T Workforce
  • Must be a GS-11 through GS-15 or equivalent broadband within a Demonstration Project or the NSPS
  • Must meet current position certification requirement
  • Must have a letter of acceptance from NPS.

NOTE:Additional edibility criteria may apply. Applicants should review the current announcement for additional requirements.On line Application Requirement

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). CAMP can be accessed at the following link: https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp. AL&T workforce members should click on the “Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System” (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select “AAPDS” tab and then select the “Application Module” link to view current announcement.

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: http://www.nps.edu/Academics/Schools/GSBPP/Academics/MSPM.html

Policy:


Word Document (234 KB) 2013 NSP-MSPM Policy and Procedures (5 March 2013)

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

Contact:


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
Email: uhura.n.smith.civ@mail.mil

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