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Continuing Education for Professional Success

GSDM Graduate Education Certificates offer a unique selection of specialized, high-quality, tailored management and public policy education.  Each Certificate is comprised of a series of four to six graduate education courses, taught by the highly-qualified faculty from the Graduate School of Defense Management.  The courses are taught synchronously or asynchronously through a web-based learning platform, allowing students to obtain the Certificates from their duty station and without interruption to their work assignment.  Courses are offered at regular intervals, allowing for open enrollment and a flexible completion timeline to fit a student’s schedule.  Students are offered an opportunity to complete individual Certificates, or a combination of Certificates leading to a full Masters-level degree.

Credits from certificate programs may often be applied to a graduate degree.

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AAP is a graduate-level program of in-depth acquisition and program management education. 

The Advanced Acquisition Program (AAP) is a 12-month, part-time, non-resident, distance learning graduate certificate program that allows students to earn graduate credit toward NPS master’s degree programs. The Advanced Acquisition Program provides a flexible, on-customer-site alternative for education and training qualifications in Defense Acquisition.

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The Naval Postgraduate School offers acquisition management distance education graduate acquisition courses that satisfy certain Defense Acquisition University (DAU) mandatory training requirements and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements for 24 semester-hours of business subjects. These courses can also be taken for continuing education that can lead to a master’s degree program. These courses are offered primarily by online distance learning methods.

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Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Addresses economics and public policy theories necessary to understand consumer behavior, public sector role in free-market economies, and public sector cost-benefit analysis as prescribed by the Office of Management and Budget.

The institutional expertise of GSDM faculty tailors the learning to defense and public sector organizations.

 

Required courses:

  • Economics for Defense Managers
  • Statistics for Defense Managers
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • Personnel Economics

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental tools of micro- and macro-economics as applied to defense management and resource allocation
  • Examine the science and art of converting data into information for managerial and policy analysis
  • Understand the tools and techniques of economic policy analysis, including Cost Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
  • Analyze the issues surrounding employees and managers in the work environment, including how employees are recruited and hired, trained, compensated and promoted

 

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Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Helps students understand and manipulate large and growing defense and other public sector databases.

Develops analytic skills to organize, interpret, visualize, and communicate information hidden in structured and unstructured datasets.

Explains how data analytics, classical statistical inference, and machine learning algorithms can help answer defense and public sector policy and management questions.

 

Required courses:

  • Statistics for Defense Managers
  • Data Analysis I
  • Data Analysis II
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining for Policy Analysis

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Understand how to manipulate the large databases maintained by defense and other public sector organizations
  • Identify the public sector and business policy questions that can be answered using, statistical inference data analysis, and machine learning algorithms
  • Develop the analytic skills necessary to organize, interpret, visualize, and communicate information hidden in structured and unstructured datasets

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Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

 

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Increase students’ ability to think strategically, understand and analyze trends in the strategic management environment, and be influential defense and public sector leaders.

Improved strategic thinking, organizational analysis skills, and strategic communication competencies, to strategically lead defense or public sector organizations.

 

Required courses:

  • Strategic Management
  • Communications Strategies for Effective Leadership
  • Organizational Analysis

Plus one of the following:

  • Ethics and Moral Development
  • Innovation Adoption & Implementation

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Identify central trends and dynamics important to developing and maintaining competitive advantage
  • Understand the processes of strategic thinking and the art of strategy
  • Understand sources of organizational inertia and tactics for overcoming it
  • Communicate strategically and effectively

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Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Builds knowledge, skills, and ethical standards that are necessary components of great leadership within public organizations.

Develops advanced leadership skills, including cultivating effective groups and teams, negotiating consensus among stakeholders, improving climate and productivity, and facilitating high-performance decision-making processes, while modeling ethical reasoning and behavior.

 

Required courses:

  • Ethical Leadership in Public Organizations
  • Negotiation and Consensus Building 
  • Leading Teams

Plus one of the following:

  • Managing Planned Change in Complex Organizations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Decision Making

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Advance leadership capabilities to inspire ethical conduct and develop more effective public organizations
  • Recognize, evaluate and address ethical problems in public management
  • Assess, develop & lead teams effectively
  • Increase the quality of problem-solving, decision-making, and change management
  • Reduce destructive conflict and build collaboration with stakeholders

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Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Develops skills in leading future innovation by learning from best practices and historical examples in business, military organizations, and other federal government agencies.

Helps students understand, facilitate, and lead innovation in military and other federal organizations, accelerating innovation and adoption.

 

Required courses:

  • Innovation in Military Organizations
  • Innovation Adoption & Implementation
  • Design Thinking

Plus one of the following:

  • Leading Teams
  • Critical Thinking
  • Organizational Decision Making

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Develop knowledge of some of the major frameworks for innovation in organizations
  • Learn skills and techniques for improving innovation outcomes in their organizations
  • Assess the practical utility of applying new techniques and capabilities in their organization
  • Expand capacity to think critically and creatively in pursuit of innovative solutions

 

Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Upgrades and updates managerial and analytical skills for military officers and civilian public servants.

Equips students to make management and public policy decisions and recommendations based on rigorous analytical methods, focusing on the data available to and issues facing defense and other public sector organizations.

 

Required courses:

  • Statistics for Defense Managers
  • Process Analytics
  • Business Modeling

Plus one of the following:

  • Economics for Defense Managers
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Organizations as Systems and Structures
  • Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Analyze data to inform and support managerial decisions
  • Design and analyze business processes
  • Apply quantitative decision-making tools to develop solutions in defense business contexts

Prerequisite for:

  • 216 (Acquisition Logistics)
  • 219 (Management Logistics)

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831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Equips students with logistics leadership skills based on rigorous applied analytical and managerial methods.

Designed for military officers, defense civilians, and other public sector managers in the logistics workforce looking to upgrade and update their professional logistics management skills.

 

Prerequisite :

  • Principles of Analytical Management or approval

Required courses:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Logistics Strategy

Plus two of the following:

  • Negotiation and Consensus Building
  • Innovation Adoption and Implementation
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Strategic Management

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Lead process improvement efforts in logistics
  • Implement effective supply chain strategies
  • Manage innovation in inter-organizational relationships

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Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Equips students with defense and public sector acquisition logistics skills based on rigorous applied analytical and public administration methods.

Designed for military officers, defense civilians, and other public sector managers in the logistics and acquisition workforces looking to upgrade and update their professional skills.

 

Prerequisite:

  • Principles of Analytical Management or approval

Required courses:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Logistics Strategy

Plus two of the following:

  • Principles of Acquisition & Program Mgmt I
  • Principles of Acquisition & Program Mgmt II
  • Principles of Acquisition & Contract Mgmt
  • Fraud Examination

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Implement supply chain strategies to support major weapon systems
  • Direct logistics activities to deliver cost effective readiness
  • Satisfy DAWIA Level I requirements in Life Cycle Logistics

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Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

 

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Prepares military officers and public sector civilians to make data-based decisions.

Provides the principles and practical tools to collect, prepare and clean data, build and interpret useful models, and visualize and communicate data insights.

Places data analysis tools in the context of defense and public sector managerial decision making, emphasizing behavioral decisions and critical thinking.

 

Prerequisite:

  • Statistics for Defense Managers or equivalent with approval

Required courses:

  • Technology for Managerial Data Analysis
  • Advanced Prediction
  • Critical Thinking in Data Analysis
  • Advanced Data Visualization or approved elective

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Use appropriate data to build useful models to support managerial decisions
  • Visualize and effectively communicate data-derived insights
  • Implement evidence-based decisions in defense organizations

 

Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Operationalizes the business of defense acquisition and creates Acquisition Warriors for the DoD and other federal agencies.

Educates operational warfighters and defense/federal government civilians in the acquisition business.

GSDM faculty combines educational expertise and defense and federal government acquisition experience.

 

Required courses:

  • Principles of Acquisition & Program Management I & II

Plus three of the following:

  • Software Acquisition for Strategic and Tactical Systems
  • Principles of Acquisition Production and Quality Management
  • Strategic Planning & Policy for the Logistics Manager 
  • Test and Evaluation Management
  • Readings in Management: Project Management Professional (PMP)

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Understand acquisition reforms mandated by Congress & senior public sector leaders
  • Develop expertise in the business of acquisition and program management
  • Master the concepts required for Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act and Project Management Professional certs

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Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

831-656-3621 or bgates@nps.edu

Value of the certificate for DoD and other stakeholders:

Provides the critical education required by the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 for federal employees managing government information technology systems.

Allow graduates to manage effectively the resources, people, processes, and technologies that ensure our information technology systems optimize information assurance and mission performance.

 

Required courses:

  • Strategic Management of Information Technology
  • Acquisition of Defense Systems
  • Software Acquisition Management for Strategic and Tactical Systems
  • Introduction to Computer Security

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  • Policy and Organization
  • Leadership and Human Capital Management
  • Process and Change Management.
  • Information Resources Strategy and Planning
  • IT Performance Assessment: Models and Methods
  • IT Project and Program Management
  • Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC)
  • Acquisition
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Cybersecurity/Information Assurance (IA)
  • Technology Management and Assessment
  • Enterprise Architecture

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Contact: Dr. Bill Gates, Program Director, GSDM Certificates

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