General Program Information:

The NPS-MSPM is designed to provide acquisition professionals in DoD and other federal agencies an acquisition defense-focused advanced degree in a distance learning format. The curriculum is designed to provide acquisition professionals the knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead and manage more 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. In addition, lecture and laboratory sessions require the application of critical thinking to problem-solving within notional and actual situations.

Students who complete this degree program will earn a Master’s of Science degree in Program Management and obtain several Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course equivalencies. An equivalent course listing for Department of Defense (DoD) schools may be viewed at the DAU iCatalog page. While completion of the NPS-MSPM provides some of the required training for certification in the above Acquisition Career Fields (ACFs), individuals must complete the additional DAU training (along with education and experience requirements) for certification in their specific ACF.


The next NPS-MSPM education opportunity is scheduled to open March/April 2018.

Who May Apply and Eligibility Requirements:

Who May Apply:
Permanent civilian members of the Army acquisition workforce must meet both the NPS eligibility requirements and the USAASC Army DACM Office eligibility requirements listed below to be considered for funding.

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

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 meet certification level (minimum Level II) required for current position
  • 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

NPS Admissions Procedure and Army DACM Office Application Process:

NPS Admissions Procedure:
Eligible 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: After you have obtained your letter of acceptance from NPS you are ready to apply to the Army DACM Office for consideration of funding.

Army DACM Office Application Process:
The online application process used to submit an application for consideration of funding for the NPS-MSSE program is AAPDS. AAPDS is an automated application system that can be accessed via the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP). Eligible Army acquisition workforce civilians 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.



USAASC Point of Contact (everything consideration of funds and application related)
Ms. Uhura N. Smith
Commercial: 703-664-5732 (DSN: 655)

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