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Master of Science in Management (MSM) Federal Contract Management Track

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In its report, "Where the Jobs Are: Mission Critical Opportunities for America," The Partnership for Public Service lists "contracting" among the top areas where government is hiring. Likewise, the Federal Acquisition Institute states on its Web site that, "Because of changes in the workforce, candidates for jobs in contracting are in high demand throughout the Federal Government. That means a wide variety of positions at every level with corresponding career paths are available in which you can move and grow."  In response to this growing need,the track in Federal Contract Management was developed for the MSM  It offers a great opportunity to students who are interested in capitalizing on the robust career opportunities for contracting professionals.

The program consists of a total of 12 courses, or 36 semester credits. Students must earn at least a 'B' grade point average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) - both overall and on final projects completed as part of the capstone course.
Core courses within the MSM.program include the following:

  • MBU 501 Communicating Effectively as a Manager
  • MBU 505 Project Management
  • MBU 514 Leadership Foundations
  • MBU XX Spirit of Enterprise
  • MBU 533 Human Resource Management and Strategy
  • MBU 619 Strategic Planning and Implementation
  • MBU 652 Managerial Decision-Making: Finance and Budgeting
  • MBU 674 Master's Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications

Students pursuing the Federal Contract Management track also complete the following four courses:

  • MBU 570 Federal Contract Management and Administration
  • MBU 573 Legal Aspects of Government Contracting
  • MBU 576 Contract Pricing, Negotiations, and Source Selection
  • MBU 578 Performance of Government Contracts


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