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Welcome to the Acquisition Research Program

Acquisition Research Program Mission Statement

The NPS Acquisition Research Program, in collaboration with universities, think tanks, industry, and government, creates a stream of relevant information on acquisition policies and management processes, with viable recommendations for improvement.


Acquisition Research Program Purpose

The purpose of the program is to stimulate and support unclassified scholarly research in academic disciplines that bear on defense acquisition workforce and acquisition management, policy research and provide unclassified and non-proprietary findings suitable for publication in open scholarly literature.


Acquisition Research Program Established

Established in 2003, the Acquisition Research Program in the Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM) at the Naval Postgraduate School is a defense-focused acquisition research program with over 2,100 published research products to date (see www.acquisitionresearch.net).

Funding for the program comes from multiple DoD/DON sponsors interested in stimulating and supporting relevant acquisition research. Specifically, ARP sponsors are interested in graduate student research and scholarly research in academic disciplines that bear on public procurement policy and management at NPS and a variety of research organizations through a grants program.

Specific goals for the APR where established at the inception of the program; they continue to be relevant today. These goals are:

  1. Position NPS as a recognized leader in defense acquisition research.
  2. Establish NPS acquisition research as an integral part of policy-making for Departments of Defense and Navy officials.
  3. Create a stream of relevant information concerning the performance of DoD/DON acquisition policies with viable recommendations for continuous process improvement.
  4. Prepare the DoD/DON workforce to participate in the continued evolution of the defense acquisition process.
  5. Collaborate with other universities, think tanks, industry and Government in acquisition research.

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Welcome to the Graduate Student Acquisition Research Program (ARP)

Graduate Student Acquisition Research Program

The Acquisition Research Program (ARP) seeks quality graduate student research. The following list indicates the range of potential research areas of interest; acquisition and procurement policy; contract, supply chain, cost, project, logistics or engineering management; acquisition workforce; public budgeting and finance; outsourcing; performance measurements; collaboration; small business; human systems integration; and more.  Choose a sponsor topic or create one of your own.



Acceptance into ARP graduate student research program will provide the following at no cost to you;

  1. Travel funding (if needed)
  2. Professional editing (when you complete 3 chapters and again when all chapters are complete).
  3. Transcription support for digital recordings.


Program Expectations

  1. Produce publishable research (Public Release, Unlimited Distribution)
  2. Meet ARP milestones and stay on schedule
  3. Set a goal to complete your thesis/MBA project 2 months prior to graduation
  4. Deliverables:
    • Submit final WORD copy of your research report, and
    • Submit a poster of your research methodologies and findings. (ARP provides the template and has samples for review.)
  5. Present a poster of your final results or planned research at the 17th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, 13 May 2020 in Monterey, CA. 



Submit your application via email to ARP@nps.edu.

  1. Submit a cover email and attach your program application materials in a single PDF.
  2. Program Application attachment must include;
    • Signed ARP Application
    • Signed IRB Check List
    • Travel Estimate from DTS (if applicable)


Acquisition Research Program (ARP)

We would love to meet you! 

Drop by the ARP Office (Ingersoll - 372) anytime to meet Jochele & Nadia and talk about our student program.  We can also be reached via email at arp@nps.edu or by phone (831) 656-3793. 

Below please click on your graduation date to find the application, associated forms and samples.  We have also included relevant resources and writing handbooks for your use.

We are excited that you have interest in joining ARP and look forward to working with you.

Hope to see you soon!


March 2020 Graduate Students

June 2020 Graduate Students

September 2020 Graduate Students

December 2020 Graduate Students




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Contact Information

Acquisition Research Program

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, CA 93943

P: (831) 656-3793

Email: arp@nps.edu