UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE ACQUISITION AND CONTRACT NEGOTIATION PROCESS

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.

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.

AT-A-GLANCE

Fall Classes Start:

October 1

Courses to Complete:

20

Cost Per Course:

$1,480

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THE STRAYER EXPERIENCE

MEETING YOU WHERE YOU ARE

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.

RECOGNIZED NATIONWIDE

Employers know our name. For more than 125 years, we’ve been making college possible for working adults.

  • Curriculum designed by industry leaders
  • Courses taught by experienced faculty
  • Sought-after accreditations
  • Pioneers in online education

FLEXIBLE TO MATCH YOUR DAY

Each of us has times when we’re at our best. Our programs let you make the most of them.

  • Work at your own pace
  • Four quarters each year
  • 24-hour online tech support

SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS & MORE

Cost should never prohibit an education. We help you start from the best possible financial place for you.

  • Financial aid advice – videos & in-person support
  • Potential savings through eligible transfer and experiential learning credits
  • Guidance when seeking financial aid

KEY COURSES IN THE ONLINE ASSOCIATE IN ARTS IN ACQUISITION AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT DEGREE

  • ACC 100 - Accounting I

    Provides an understanding of accounting concepts, assumptions, and principles. Covers analysis and recording of business transactions; the adjusting process; and the procedures to complete the accounting cycle. Progresses to illustrating merchandising operations and merchandise inventory accounting; covers internal control and cash; and explains accounting procedures for receivables.

  • BUS 100 - INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS

    Provides a foundation in today's business operations with a focus on the major functions of a business (management, production, marketing, finance and accounting, human resource management, and various support functions). The course also provides an overview of business organizations and the competitive business environment, strategic planning, international business, ethical considerations, quality assurance and more.

  • BUS 230 - Purchasing and Materials Management

    Examines integral aspects of purchasing and materials management including function, organization, quality and quantity considerations, pricing policies, supplier selection, and ethical and legal implications. Reviews 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

    Covers establishment and administration of equitable pricing arrangements for goods and/or services. Analyzes the total price (cost plus profit) and the individual elements of cost (labor, materials, indirect costs, and profit). Emphasizes techniques for determining proper prices and estimating. Discusses methods of pricing research and development, and the selection of hardware and services.

  • BUS 319 - Principles of Federal Acquisition and Contract Management

    Examines the federal procurement process and introduces concepts, policies, and procedures associated with government contracting. Discusses the programming, planning, and justification of program funding, formulation and earmarking procurement requirements, preparation of work statements and specifications, procurement requests, and acquisition planning.

  • BUS 330 - Contract Administration and Management

    Presents the general policies and procedures for federal contract administration in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Reviews 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. Discusses coordination with procurement activities and audit agencies.

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.

MAKING IT ALL POSSIBLE

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 assistance programs
     

Tuition Information

Scholarships and Grants

ADMISSION TO A STRAYER ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

To qualify for admission to a bachelor’s degree program at Strayer, you’ll need to submit an application and documentation that you graduated high school or its equivalent.

Program Disclosure

Information for Tennessee Students

ACBSP Student Achievement Information

YOUR CHOICE IN CHANNELS

Days. Nights. Weekends. Online anytime or on campus when it’s convenient for you. Our programs are designed for adults who lead busy lives. How?

  • We continually update our online resources to keep up with the latest technology and facilitate a better student experience.
  • We also have a campus near you, full of resources available to you whenever you might need them.
     

Online Distance Learning

Campus Locations

INFORMATION FOR TENNESSEE ONLINE STUDENTS

Strayer University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by Strayer University, please visit  www.state.tn.us/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button. Please contact your campus director or campus dean with any questions regarding the information provided on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission website. Credits earned at Strayer University may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Strayer University. You should obtain confirmation that Strayer University will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Strayer University to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Strayer University prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Strayer University to another educational institutions may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Strayer University if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Strayer University and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Strayer University before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

GRADUATES OF ACBSP ACCREDITED PROGRAMS

Number of Students Completing ACBSP-Accredited Degree Programs
  2015 2016 2017
Program Nbr. of recipients Nbr. of recipients Nbr. of recipients
AAAC 41 62 64
AABA 676 754 842
AACM 20 19 22
AAMK 15 11 13
BBA 1,831 1,899 2,023
BSAC 248 218 221
JWEMBA 167 237 364
MBA 1,802 1,786 1,747
MHSA/MSHS 204 208 183
MSAC 217 174 164
MSHR 304 301 254
MSMG 261 236 278
Total 5,786 5,905 6,175

Source: Strayer University's Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Graduated Students 2015-2017 (updated 7/10/2018).

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