Advanced Acquisition Studies

Certificate #218

Starts: Quarterly

Program Area: Defense Systems Management

POC: Program Support

Modality: Distance Learning


The Certificate in Advanced Acquisition Studies is graduate academic certificate program available to NPS distance learning students. Designed for students interested in Defense system acquisition and program management processes, the program operationalizes the business of Defense acquisition and creates Acquisition Warriors for the DoD. This program supports continuous acquisition reform initiatives mandated by Congress and senior leaders and also supports initiatives to educate operational warfighters in the business of acquisition. The program contributes to Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications in Program Management, Test & Evaluation, Production & Quality Management career fields. Additionally, the program provides education supporting for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Courses required

Course Details
Course 1 Choose one of the following:
  • MN3331
  • MN3301
  • Or this set:
    • MN3221
    • MN3222
Courses 2–4 Choose 3 of the following:
  • MN3309
  • MN3384
  • MN4470
  • MN4602
  • MN4307
  • MN3302

Requirements for Entry

  • Baccalaureate degree defined in section 4.2 of the Academic Council policy manual

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

For information regarding tuition, please contact the NPS Tuition office at, or contact this offering’s POC at

For information regarding service obligation, please visit the Admissions Office’s Eligibility/Service Obligation page.

Other Information

Requirements for the graduate Certificate in Advanced Acquisition Studies are met by successful completion of four of the available courses. Graduate credit is obtained by maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Program Announcements

Certificate in Advanced Acquisition Studies

Commencing week of 25 September 2023

218-241O announcement (pdf)
218-241O tuition letter (pdf)

Program Schedule

The projected program starts are listed on this page. Projected sponsors, domain tracks, and cohort codes are provided.

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Application Deadlines

  •  25 Sep 2023

    Winter quarter applications due

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  25 Sep 2023

    Fall Quarter instruction begins

  •  09 Oct 2023

    Columbus Day (holiday)

  •  24 Oct 2023

    Shift day: treat as Friday class schedule

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.