Associate in Arts Acquisition and Contract Management
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
Why get an AA in Acquisition and Contract Management from Strayer?
Earning an online associate degree in acquisition and contract management from Strayer can help you understand how contracts, proposals, quality assurance and asset buying support a business and help it thrive.
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What is an associate degree in acquisition and contract management?
This two-year undergraduate degree program is designed to equip you with the skills you need to help businesses receive the best value for what they spend. The program focuses on the ins and outs of negotiating and managing contracts and other important business skills needed to pursue a role in the field.
What can you do with an associate degree in acquisition and contract management?
- Learn the responsibilities involved with contract administration including pre- and post-award activities, contract oversight, quality assurance and more.
- Learn to work within an organization to acquire and manage federal, state or local business contracts.
- Develop skills needed to determine and establish scheduling, cost and pricing.
- Boost communication skills and understand aspects of negotiations within project management.
- Review important stages and activities in business project life cycles.
Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter.
How long does it take to earn an associate degree in acquisition and contract management?
- There are 20 11-week courses in this program.
- How many courses you take at a time will determine how long the overall program will be.
- Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours.
- One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course.
- Spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work. Your actual time will depend on your learning traits and abilities. The Strayer course design uses this requirement to meet applicable regulatory standards.
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Program cost breakdown
The Strayer acquisition and contract management associate degree program consists of 20 courses, with the price of $1,525 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term and a one-time $150 degree conferral fee.
Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can help reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to 14 classes toward your associate degree (if approved). The Strayer transfer credit page has more information as well as a tool to estimate how many transfer credits you may be able to apply to your Strayer degree program.
Scholarships and financial aid
There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Stafford loans are available for undergraduate and graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford Loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up, reducing your end cost.
There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.
More than 500 organizations – including corporations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to discounted education programs. If your employer is a Corporate Alliance Partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.
Nonfederal loans can help pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs.
Military tuition assistance
Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military, as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about the Strayer University active military assistance program here.
In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.
What coursework do you need to specialize in acquisition and contract management?
From scheduling to financing, the curriculum covers the skills you need to acquire and manage federal, state and local business contracts for your organization. What’s more, you’ll be taught by established business professionals who can connect what you learn in the classroom to the real world. View all courses.
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.
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.
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.
Presents the fundamentals of the project management process and examines application of the process. Reviews the stages and activities in the project life cycle, the organization for project management and various project control and evaluations processes. Introduces considerations for negotiation and human resource management concerns in project management.
Being an effective communicator is an essential skill for any profession. In this course, you will learn the secrets to writing, listening, and speaking with credibility in order to share your voice with the world.
With every dollar you spend, save, or invest, how confident are you that you are making the best financial decisions in today's economy? Knowing what drives the economy can help you understand all aspects of life, including jobs, income levels, consumer prices, trade, and general prosperity. In this course, you will explore key concepts of economics and personal finance. You will be equipped with the ability to leverage analysis tools, as well as economic reasoning and planning skills.
Associate admission requirements
Before you can pursue your associate degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university.
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