Associate in Acquisition & Contract Management

Strayer University's Associate of Arts in Acquisition and Contract Management program is designed to provide you with foundational knowledge of business theories and practices specific to purchasing and procurement. Read more about this Strayer University program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

If you enroll in the Associate of Arts in Acquisition and Contract Management program, you will have the chance to examine traditional and Web-based sales and purchasing practices specific to everyday consumers as well as corporations. You will have the opportunity to gain a foundation in accounting, materials management, budgeting, and project management methods. The curriculum is also designed to provide you with knowledge of government contracting and subcontracting strategies, and you will have the chance to study the Federal Acquisition Regulation. In addition, this undergraduate program is designed to cover concepts in quality control, pricing, cost analysis, and documentation methods. This Strayer University program is available on campus and online.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You may have good interpersonal and communication skills. In addition, you may have experience in sales or management. Applicants to Strayer University's programs should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

This Strayer University program requires the completion of 90 credit hours: 22.5 core credits, 36 major credits, 22.5 general education credits, and nine elective credits. You will have the chance to work with an advisor to choose appropriate electives for your field of study.

Acquisition and Contract Management Course Requirements

Area 1Core Component
ACC 100 Accounting I
BUS 100 Introduction to Business
CIS 105 Introduction to Information Systems
ENG 115 English Composition
MAT 105 Introduction to College Mathematics

Area 2Major Component
BUS 107 Fundamentals of E-Business
BUS 230 Purchasing and Materials Management
BUS 315 Cost and Price Analysis
BUS 319 Principles of Federal Acquisition and Contract Management
BUS 330 Contract Administration and Management
BUS 340 Contract and Purchasing Negotiation Techniques
BUS 375 Project Management
LEG 440 Procurement and Contract Law

Area 3General Studies Component
ENG 215 Research and Writing
HUM 101 The Origins of Western Culture
PSY 100

PSY 105
The Individual and Society
Introduction to Psychology
SCI 110

SCI 115
Introduction Physical Science
Introduction to Biology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Area 4Elective Component

Selected in consultation with an academic advisor

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After you've earned your Associate of Arts in Acquisition and Contract Management, you could go on to work for government sectors, businesses, or not-for-profit agencies. You could manage inventory, order supplies, or collaborate with vendors.

With an associate's degree you could pursue a position as a(n):

  • Junior buyer
  • Sales professional
  • Office supervisor

Advanced Degrees

If you're interested in continuing your education, you could enroll in a bachelor's degree program, which could provide you with added knowledge of business, negotiation, and leadership practices. Furthermore, while an associate's degree is designed to provide you with career entry skills, a bachelor's degree could qualify you for a wider variety of employment options or higher-level positions.

Strayer University offers related bachelor's degrees, including:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Acquisition and Contract Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business