A Strayer Associate in Arts in Acquisition & Contract Management degree helps you build a foundation in key acquisition processes, gain practical knowledge of contract law, learn how to make requests for proposals, and acquire skills for contract negotiation and management. You’ll explore all aspects of preparing and executing the legal documents that allow businesses to operate, refine your negotiation skills, and gain the tools to produce stronger, more complete contracts for your organization.
Associate in Arts in Acquisition & Contract Management
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Understand and Apply the Acquisition and Contract Negotiation Process
Build Your Skillset with a Degree in Acquisition & Contract Management
The Strayer online Associate in Arts in Acquisition & Contract Management degree helps you develop and strengthen your contract negotiation skills while learning how to:
- Master the request for proposal process, from identifying vendors to writing the proposal and making the award
- Explore the contract management process, including oversight, quality assurance, and re-negotiation
- Learn about federal acquisition regulations and federal purchasing agreements
- Analyze cost and price factors to help organizations make intelligent purchasing decisions
- Study the legal code that governs procurement and contract management
- Improve your communication and analysis capabilities
- Increase your professional net worth, and start on a path toward career advancement
Getting an Associate in Arts in Acquisition & Contract Management degree will also prepare you for a Strayer bachelors of business degree with a concentration in bachelor of business administration.
|Next Start Date:||October 1|
|Courses to Complete:||20|
|Cost Per Course:||$1,465|
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We know Strayer isn’t your only option for an online associate degree. But, we can offer you an education based on the highest academic standards, a strong return on your investment, and the supports to maintain a school-work-life balance. Our flexible programs let you earn your degree while keeping your commitments to your family, friends, and career.
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Key Courses in the Online Associate in Arts in Acquisition and Contract Management Degree
BUS 230 - Purchasing and Materials Management
Examine integral aspects of purchasing and materials management, including function, organization, quality and quantity considerations; pricing policies; supplier selection; and ethical and legal implications. Review purchasing procedures, value analysis, inventory control, warehousing and traffic, capital equipment, make-or-buy decision making, automation, budgets, and institutional and governmental purchasing practices.
BUS 315 - Cost and Price Analysis
Learn how businesses can establish and administer equitable pricing arrangements for goods and/or services. Analyze the total price (cost plus profit) and the individual elements of cost (labor, materials, indirect costs and profit). Learn techniques for determining proper prices and estimating. Discuss methods of pricing research and development, and the selection of hardware and services.
BUS 319 - Principles of Federal Acquisition and Contract Management
Examine the federal procurement process and introduces concepts, policies and procedures associated with government contracting. Discuss the programming, planning and justification of program funding; formulation and earmarking of procurement requirements; preparation of work statements and specifications; procurement requests; and acquisition planning.
BUS 330 - Contract Administration and Management
Understand the general policies and procedures for federal contract administration in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Review the responsibilities of contract administration including pre-and post-award activities, contract oversight, quality assurance, compliance, financing, cost controls, documentation, terminations and disputes, and subcontract management. Discuss coordination with procurement activities and audit agencies.
BUS 340 - Contract and Purchasing Negotiation Techniques
Get a background in the theory, strategies, techniques and tactics for negotiating contracts, as well as the principles and practices of negotiations for procurement. Prepare and conduct negotiations, with an emphasis on interactions and negotiation strategy. Focus on federal government contracting.
BUS 375 - Project Management
Address the fundamentals of project management methodologies and examine their application to business. Review the stages and activities in the project life cycle, organization for business project management and various project control and evaluations processes. Consider negotiation and human resource management concerns in project management.
LEG 440 - Procurement and Contract Law
Examine legal and regulatory aspects associated with federal acquisition and administration of contracts under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Topics include contract formation and award protests, standards of conduct, governmental liability, the dispute process, and administrative and judicial methods of resolution of procurement and contract disputes.
NEGOTIATE YOUR PATH TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER
The associate’s degree in acquisition and contract management program at Strayer University is designed for people seeking leadership roles in private organizations, the public sector, or government and military organizations.
Strayer’s Associate in Arts in Acquisition and Contract Management gives you the skills needed for a role as a contract specialist, purchasing manager, project manager or related role in a variety of settings. Feel confident in your abilities, understanding of techniques and methods, and critical thinking skills necessary to navigate the acquisition and contract lifecycle for your employer.
Your negotiation skills will be fine-tuned, arming you with the techniques and approaches necessary to effectively communicate and execute negotiations with potential vendors. You’ll understand effective negotiation strategy and be able to implement it with unmatched communication and critical thinking skills.
Take the basics of cost and price analysis to the next level with your associate’s degree in acquisition and contract management from Strayer University. A successful career is non-negotiable. This is your first step.
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Financial Assistance & Tools
We can help you identify, understand and qualify for a variety of financial aid options.
The financial assistance that may be available to you includes:
- Federal financial aid programs
- Military education benefits
- Selected state grant programs
- Tuition benefit programs
Admission to a Strayer Associate Program
To qualify for admission to an associate degree program at Strayer, you’ll need to submit an application and documentation of a high school graduation or its equivalent.
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