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The Government Contract Degree

Business professionals who work in government contract management are contract specialists with very distinct expertise. Working with government contracts is more complicated than typical commercial contract negotiations and specialized knowledge is most often needed. Potomac is one of the very few schools that provides this specialized program of study and graduates are eligible for government positions as well as private business and nonprofit positions.

Government Contract Management Degree Mission

The mission of a Bachelor of Science degree in Government Contract Management is to provide theoretical and practical application knowledge in contract management which enables graduates to successfully enter and excel in their professional field while improving their ability to think critically and communicate effectively in academic and personal settings.

Government Contract Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Government Contract Management are able to:

  • Evaluate issues as business managers and apply ethical principles and sound judgments to resolve contracting issues.
  • Work in teams, apply customer needs analysis, procurement strategy development and source selection skills necessary for successful contract performance.
  • Demonstrate the use of effective written and oral business communication skills.
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements and managerial reports using various accounting standards, theories and techniques.
  • Apply technology to analyze problems, develop business analyses and recommend management decisions and actionable strategies in pricing, cost analysis and managing contract issues.


Project Management Certifications

The four courses listed below prepare students for the examination leading to certification as a Certified Associate Project Management Professional (CAPMP). In addition the following class MATH 323 is required to prepare students for the examination leading to certification as Project Management Professional (PMP):

  • MGMT 210 Introduction to Project Management
  • MGMT 211 Project Management Knowledge Areas 1
  • MGMT 212 Project Management Knowledge Areas 2
  • MGMT 411 Total Quality Management
  • MATH 323 Research and Statistical Analysis

The upper division courses listed below prepare students for the examination leading to certification as a Certified Federal Contracts Manager:

  • MGMT 308 Government Contract Law
  • MGMT 326 Principles of Federal Acquisition (FAR and DAR) MGMT 330 Purchasing and Material Management
  • MGMT 332 Cost and Price Analysis
  • MGMT 350 Contract Administration
  • MGMT 450 Contract Modification and Options

The upper division courses listed below prepare students for the examination leading to certification as a Certified Commercial Contracts Manager:

  • ACCT 307 Cost Accounting
  • MGMT 308 Government Contract Law
  • MGMT 326 Principles of Federal Acquisition (FAR and DAR) MGMT 327 Performance-Based Contract
  • MGMT 350 Contract Administration
  • MGMT 450 Contract Modification and Options

Combining the upper division courses in both groups above prepares students for the examination leading to certification as a Certified Professional Contracts Manager:

Concentrations
Students majoring in Government Contract Management may select six upper division elective courses in management or choose one of the following concentrations to add an additional focus to their studies:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Successful completion of general education course requirements
  • Successful completion of ACCT101

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Government Contract Management, students must earn 120 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credits hours. Program course requirements are listed in the credit requirements section below.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

LOWER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS (60 Credits)

General Education Requirements (18 Credits)

  • COMP 125 The Digital World
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra

Lower Division Core Courses (36 Credits)

  • ACCT 101 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 110 Foundations of Business
  • BUS 202 Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • BUS 230 Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
  • ECON 201 Principles of EconomicsFIN 230 Fundamentals of Finance
  • MGMT 210 Introduction to Project Management**
  • MGMT 211 Project Management Knowledge Areas 1* *
  • MGMT 212 Project Management Knowledge Areas 2**
  • MGMT 250 Introduction to Business Analysis
  • MGMT 280 Introduction to Business Consulting
  • MRKT 110 Principles of Marketing

**These three courses together with MGMT 411, Total Quality Management and MATH 323 Research and Statistical Analysis, prepare a student for the examination leading to certification as a Project Management Professional.

Electives (6 Credits)

UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS (60 Credits)

General Education Requirements (12 Credits)

  • ENGL 395 Research and Report Writing
  • MATH 323 Research and Statistical Analysis
  • PSYC 201 Principles of Psychology
  • SCIE 312 Environmental Science and Sustainability

Upper Division Core Courses (30 Credits)

  • MGMT 308 Government Contract Law
  • MGMT 326 Principles of Federal Acquisition (FAR and DAR)
  • MGMT 327 Performance-Based Contract
  • MGMT 330 Purchasing and Materials Management
  • MGMT 332 Cost and Price Analysis
  • MGMT 350 Contract Administration
  • MGMT 405 Business Development and Contract Proposal
  • MGMT 424 Negotiation Management
  • MGMT 450 Contract Modification and Options
  • MGMT 455 International Contracts Management

Electives (18 Credits)
Any 18 credits or one of the concentrations below 18 Credits

  • Accounting Concentration
  • ACCT 307 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 308 Assurance and Audit Services
  • ACCT 312 Risk Analysis
  • ACCT 402 Corporate Taxation
  • ACCT 450 Advanced Financial and Tax Accounting
  • BUS 320 Advanced Business Law for Accounting
  • Finance Concentration
  • FIN 310 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FIN 320 Asset Management
  • FIN 330 Corporate Finance
  • FIN 340 Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • FIN 350 International Banking & Finance
  • FIN 400 Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • HLTH 303 Information Systems for Health Systems
  • HLTH 400 Societal Health and Policy Issues
  • HLTH 403 Global Health Administration
  • HLTH 405 Healthcare Financial Management
  • HLTH 435 Strategic Healthcare Planning
  • MGMT 411 Total Quality Management
  • Information Management Concentration
  • CBSC 301 Introduction to Digital Forensics
  • CBSC 405 Security Policies and Procedures
  • MCAP 351 Management Support Systems
  • MICS 341 Systems Analysis and Design
  • MICS 455 Computer Networking and Telecommunications
  • MICS 461 Database Management

  • International Business Concentration
  • BUS 310 Export/Import Marketing
  • MGMT 303 International Business Management
  • FIN 350 International Banking and Finance
  • MRKT 424 International Marketing
  • MGMT 440 International Organizational Development Strategies
  • MRKT 450 New Product Development (US and Global)

  • Management Concentration
  • MCAP 303 Organization and Technology of Information Management
  • MGMT 360 Leadership
  • MGMT 365 Managing Conflict and Change
  • MGMT 417 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 424 Negotiations Management
  • MGMT 427 Operations Management

  • Marketing Concentration
  • MRKT 350 Salesmanship
  • MRKT 424 International Marketing
  • MKRT 425 Consumer Behavior
  • MRKT 427 Marketing Management
  • MRKT 450 New Product Development (US and Global)
  • MRKT 490 Marketing and Social Media

Government Contract Management Career Information
For information on jobs related to this program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes, please click on the links below to the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Positions Available with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government Contract Management

  • Contract Management Manager
  • Sr. Associate, Program Management
  • Management/Supervisory Positions
  • Manager of Government Reporting
  • Systems Engineer with contract program management exp.
  • Financial Analyst with Government Experience
  • Deal Management Associate
  • Government Contract – Administrative Assistant
  • Associate Acquisitions/Procurement/Contracts
  • VP, Federal Government Sales
  • Controller for Government Contractors
  • Federal Government – BSIC Consultant
  • Sr Contract Administrator
  • Government Contracts Consulting Manager
  • Government Finance & Compliance Manager
  • Federal Practice-FM-Associate
  • Contract Administrators & Cost Estimators
  • Associate Vice President
  • Vice-President Sales – Government/ Military / Industrial Sales – Business Development
  • Government Sr. Financial Analyst
  • Federal Government – BSIC Analyst
  • Business Application Analyst Associate
  • Sr. Proposal Developer – Government Markets
  • Global Vendor Contract Manager
  • Entry Level Contract Negotiator
  • Government Contracts Administrator
  • Government Subcontracts Administrator
  • Senior Associate
  • Contract Specialist
  • Reconfiguration Contract Review Manager

 

  • Contract Administrators/Managers
  • Sr. Contract Administrator
  • Contract QA position!
  • Sr. Contract Negotiator
  • Government Services Project Manager
  • Contract Recruiter
  • Government – Senior Solutions Consultant
  • Contract/Subcontract Administrators
  • Sr. Program Management Manager
  • Government Contracts Administrator
  • Controller – Government Contractor
  • Government Business Development Manager
  • Director of Communications/Government Affairs
  • Contract Analyst – Sr
  • Contract Administrator
  • Government Budget Analyst
  • Facility/Relocation Manager (Government Offices)
  • Senior Contract Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Client and Contract Support Specialist
  • CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR I
  • Sr. Specialty Underwriter- Contract and Commercial Surety
  • Contract Recruiter
  • Contract Trainer
  • Contract Excel Analyst
  • Configuration Management Specialist
  • Associate – Regulatory Compliance
  • Field Contract Administrator
  • Government Sales Manager
  • Executive Officer

For information on above mentioned career information for this program, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook by the U.S. Department of Labor at http://www.bls.gov/ooh

Program Costs – Cost information for University of the Potomac programs is available at http://www.potomac.edu/financial-aid/tuition. The tuition and fees for the entire program, at current full-time tuition rates, are $69,520. The total estimated cost for books and supplies for the entire program is $5,000.

Median Loan Debt - For all students completing this program between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, the median cumulative loan debts for each of the following are:

  • Federal student loans: $33,060
  • Private loans: $0
  • Institutional finance plans: $0 Note: This preliminary median loan data is pending confirmation from the U.S. Department of Education. It reflects total debt, including costs of living, while the median loan amount prescribed under the Department’s gainful employment regulations excludes such costs of living.

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