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Master of Contract Management

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The Master of Contract Management program is geared for industry professionals whose organizations encourage advanced degrees to be as competitive as possible when bidding for government business and to ensure full contract performance. The Master of Contract Management is an accredited graduate degree and, like the Master of Acquisition Management, is much sought after by contracting professionals who are building impressive resume credentials.

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Program Objectives
The Master of Contract Management program provides you with a sophisticated and deep knowledge of federal government contracting, with a view toward helping private-sector contractors succeed. Not only are the principles of acquisition and procurement covered
in this program, but also the fundamentals of finance, law, operations, marketing and technical management as they relate to doing business with the government. Emphasis
is on preparing students to apply what they’ve learned in the competitive environment.

A newly accepted student at AGU must enroll in their first class within 90 days of acceptance. A student is subject to dismissal from the University for Unsatisfactory Academic Progress if they do not meet this deadline.

You must earn 36 credits to graduate. Each course is 3 credits. Twelve courses are required. To graduate you are required either to pass a comprehensive final examination or satisfactorily complete a project approved by the University and your instructor.

Curriculum Path
Each AGU course is organized in a sequential and logical order to make your learning experience optimal. When you begin, you will get a comprehensive study guide, with clear, simple instructions on how to proceed through each of your 12 courses.

We suggest you start by taking Course 602, “Essentials of Management,” followed by Course 601, “Federal Government Contracting.” However, the actual path you will take will depend on the advanced standing you received for courses previously completed elsewhere.

For individuals who are new to the contracting field, it is suggested that you register for the non-credit Course 600 "Government Contracting Business Arrangements" before registering for any other AGU Contracting courses.

General Management Courses Contracting Courses

Essentials of Management
Course 602

Organizational Behavior & Human Resources
Course 659

Business Research Methods
Course 653

Management Accounting and Control
Course 657


Financial Management
Course 661


Management Information Systems
Course 695


Management Economics
Course 663

Federal Government Contracting
Course 601

Government Contract Law
Course 603

Contract Management and Administration
Course 631

Negotiation – Principles and Practices
Course 635

Business Development and Proposal Preparation
Course 613

Pricing and Financial Management
Course 619

Managing Projects
Course 627


Then complete...

A program comprehensive examination or an approved project to receive your

Master of Contract Management Degree



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