GSBPP Programs and Curricula

Defense-Focused MBA Program

Brief Overview

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a defense-focused MBA program designed to provide officers and DoD civilians an advanced education in interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving and policy analysis by applying quantitative, financial, economic, information technology, and other state-of-the-art management techniques and concepts to military management and policy issues. Graduates of the MBA program will know the latest management theories and practices, including leadership, communication, organization design, and planning, and how to apply them within large public and private sector organizations, as well as military sub-units and activities.

The MBA degree program has been designed to meet four objectives:

To satisfy these objectives, the MBA program consists of three parts:

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is required. Completion of at least two semesters of college algebra or trigonometry is considered to be the minimum mathematical preparation. An APC of 345 is required for entry. International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.

Entry Dates

January and/or July, depending on curriculum.

Degree

Requirements for the degree of Master of Business Administration are met by:

  1. Completion of all required courses in the MBA core.
  2. Completion of an approved sequence of courses in a concentration area with a minimum of 24 graduate-level credit hours.
  3. Completion (excluding by validation) of a minimum of 58 credit hours of graduate-level courses, at least 22 of which are at the 4000 level.
  4. Completion of an acceptable application project or thesis.
  5. Approval of the candidate's program by the Dean, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

GB3014

(1-0)

Ethics for Public Managers

GB3010

(4-0)

Managing for Organizational Effectiveness

GB3020

(3-0)

Fundamentals of Information Technology

GB3050

(4-0)

Financial Reporting and Analysis

GB3070

(4-0)

Economics of the Global Defense Environment

GB1000

(0-3)

Quantitative Skills for Graduate Management Studies

Quarter 2

GB3040

(4-0)

Managerial Statistics

GB3051

(3-0)

Cost Management

GB4052

(3-0)

Managerial Finance

GB4071

(4-0)

Economic Analysis & Defense Resource Allocation

GB3031

(2-0)

Principles of Acquisition Management *

Quarter 3

GB3012

(3-0)

Communication for Managers

GB3042

(4-0)

Operations Management

GB4043

(3-0)

Business Modeling Analysis

GB4053

(4-0)

Defense Budget and Financial Management Policy

GB/MN

(X-0)

Subspecialty Curriculum Course

Quarter 4

GB4014

(4-0)

Strategic Management

GBXXXX

(2-0)

MBA Core Elective **

GB/MN

(X-0)

Subspecialty Curriculum Course

GB/MN

(X-0)

Subspecialty Curriculum Course

Quarter 5

NW3230

(4-2)

Strategy & Policy***

GB/MN

(X-0)

Subspecialty Curriculum Course

GB/MN

(X-0)

Subspecialty Curriculum Course

GB4090

(0-6)

Application Project ****

Quarter 6

GB/MN

(X-0)

Subspecialty Curriculum Course

GB/MN

(X-0)

Subspecialty Curriculum Course

GB4090

(0-6)

Application Project ****

GB/MN

(X-0)

Elective

*May be replaced by appropriate concentration course (MN3301, MN3331) within a curriculum.

** Selected from four available courses offered in the fourth quarter.

*** Not required for International students. International students take American Life and Institutions (IT1500) and Communication Skills for International Officers (IT1600) in quarters 1 and 2.

**** Students may elect to complete a thesis.

Curricular Areas and Curricula

Students in the MBA program complete a specialization curriculum in one of the following areas of particular importance to DoD:

Logistics Management

814

Transportation Management

819

Supply Chain Management

827

Material Logistics Support

Acquisition Management

815

Acquisition and Contract Management

815

Strategic Purchasing

816

Systems Acquisition Management

Financial Management

837

Financial Management

Information Management

870

Information Systems Management

Defense Management

809

Defense Business Management

818

Defense Systems Management - International

820

Resource Planning and Management for International Defense

Logistics Management Curricula

The Logistics Management curricula provide education in all aspects of the logistics function. The curricula are comprised of management core and logistics concentration subjects. The management core of the Logistics Management curricula provides study in mathematics, accounting, economics, communications, marketing management, risk analysis, DoD mission, structure and resource determination, strategy making, and the global defense marketplace. The logistics curricula subjects are significant components of the military supply chain and each provides unique and relevant education that meets the critical needs of the armed services. The specialized logistics courses concentrate on studies in operations and project management, business modeling for decision making, inventory management, integrated logistics support, procurement and contract administration, systems acquisition, and logistics strategic planning. The logistics curricula are rounded out by including education in national, international, and defense transportation systems. The educational skills in these curricula prepare those responsible for managing the various elements of total life cycle support from requirements determination through sustainment.

Program Officer

Jefferson E. McCollum, CDR, SC, USN

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 201

(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953

jemccoll@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Bryan Hudgens, M.S.

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219

(831) 656-2039, DSN 756-2039

bjhudgen@nps.edu

Transportation Management - Curriculum 814
Supply Chain Management - Curriculum 819
Material Logistics Support - Curriculum 827

Brief Overview

The Logistics Management curricula are interdisciplinary, integrating mathematics, accounting, economics, management theory, operations analysis, and the specialty concentration into an understanding of the process by which the defense mission is accomplished. The curricula are designed to provide the officer with fundamental interdisciplinary techniques of quantitative problem-solving methods, operations management, behavioral and management science, economic analysis, and financial management. Furthermore, they are intended to provide the officer with a Navy Defense Systems-oriented graduate management education and to provide the officer with the specific functional skills required to effectively manage in these subspecialty areas. The objective of these curricula is to prepare officers for naval logistics system positions. The Logistics Management curricula emphasize all of the aspects for providing integrated logistics support of military systems. Skills resulting from the curricula will prepare those responsible for managing the various segments of a military system's life cycle from initial planning for support to fielding the system, through sustaining operations to phase out. These curricula additionally emphasize the management of military owned inventories at the three levels of wholesale, intermediate and retail customer support, and worldwide transportation and distribution systems.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is required. Completion of at least two semesters of college algebra or trigonometry is considered to be the minimum mathematical preparation. An APC of 345 is required for entry. International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.

Entry Date

January/July

Program Length

Six Quarters

Degree

Requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree are met en route to satisfying the Educational Skills Requirements.

Subspecialty

Completion of these curricula provides a naval officer with a specialization in Supply Chain Management (1302P), Materiel Logistics Support Management (subspecialty code 3121P), or Transportation Management (subspecialty code of 3122P). U.S. Marine officers receive MOS 9662.

Typical Subspecialty Jobs (various positions at each Command)

Naval Air Stations, Naval Bases and other installations

Naval Supply systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (Headquarters and components)

Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers

DLA Defense Supply Centers: Dayton, OH, Philadelphia, PA, and Richmond, VA

DLA Distribution Depots

Fleet Commands

Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments (ashore and afloat)

Air Terminals and Detachments

NAVCHAPGRU

MSCHQ offices and MSC field activities

Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

Naval Submarine Support Facility, New London, CT

Unified Combatant Commands and Defense Agencies

Bureau of Medicine, Washington, DC

Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, GA

Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA

MAJCOM or HQ USAF level: A7 (Mission Support) staff action officer

MAJCOM or HQ USAF level: A4 (Logistics) staff action officer

Maintenance or Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, operations officer, or flight commander

Joint Staff or Joint Command (TRANSCOM, CENTCOM, etc.): J4 staff action officer

Curriculum Sponsors

Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters (819)

Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters (827)

Navy Military Sealift Command Headquarters (814)

Typical Course of Study: Curricula 814, 819, 827

Quarter 1

GB3014

(1-0)

Ethics for Public Managers

GB3010

(4-0)

Managing for Organizational Effectiveness

GB3020

(3-0)

Fundamentals of Information Technology

GB3050

(4-0)

Financial Reporting and Analysis

GB3070

(4-0)

Economics of the Global Defense Environment

GB1000

(0-3)

Quantitative Skills for Graduate Management Studies

Quarter 2

GB3040

(4-0)

Managerial Statistics

GB3051

(3-0)

Cost Management

GB4052

(3-0)

Managerial Finance

GB4071

(4-0)

Economic Analysis & Defense Resource Allocation

MN3301

(4-0)

Systems Acquisitions*

Quarter 3

GB3012

(3-0)

Communication for Managers

GB3042

(4-0)

Operations Management

GB4043

(3-0)

Business Modeling Analysis

GB4053

(4-0)

Defense Budget and Financial Management Policy

Quarter 4

GB4014

(4-0)

Strategic Management

GBXXXX

(3-0)

MBA Core Elective **

GB4480

(4-0)

Supply Chain Management

GB4460

(4-0)

Logistics Risk Assessment and Control

Quarter 5

 

 

 

GB4410

(4-0)

Logistics Engineering

GB4430

(4-0)

Defense Transportation System

GB4090

(0-6)

Application Project ****

GB4999

(4-0)

Curricular Elective

Quarter 6

GB4450

(4-0)

Logistics Strategy *

NW3230

(4-2)

Strategy & War***

GB4090

(0-6)

Application Project ****

* USN Supply Corps and USMC must replace by MN3331.  International students must replace by GB3031.

** Selected from three or four available courses offered in the 4th quarter.

*** Required for USN and USMC only. International students take American Life and Institutions (IT1500) and Communication Skills for International Officers (IT1600) in quarters 1 and 2. USN students may add JPME classes in Quarters 5 and 6.

**** Students may elect to complete a thesis.

Educational Skills Requirements (ESR)
Transportation Management -
Curriculum 814 Subspecialty code 3122P

Supply Chain Management -
Curriculum 819 Subspecialty code 1302P

Materiel Logistics Support Management -
Curriculum 827 Subspecialty code 3121P

  1. Management Fundamentals - Quantitative Analysis: The graduate will have the skills to apply mathematical, statistical, accounting, economic, and other state-of-the-art quantitative techniques and concepts to the solving of day-to-day military management problems as well as the capability to use these skills as a participant in the long-range strategic planning efforts of the Navy and DoD.
  2. Management Fundamentals - Organization and Management: The graduate will have a thorough knowledge of basic management theory and practices, embracing leadership, communication, organizational design, staffing, directing, planning, and controlling of military organizations.
  3. Integrated Logistics Support Management: The graduate will have a detailed understanding of the processes associated with designing an integrated logistics support system for a new weapon system. The graduate will also have detailed knowledge about the DoD processes for contracting for and acquiring a new weapon system. The graduate will be able to serve as an assistant program manager for logistics (APML) for a major weapon system.
  4. Budgeting and Financial Controls: The graduate will have an understanding of the financial management practices of DoD, will be able to conduct cost/benefit analyses, and participate in the budgetary planning by a hardware systems command for the support of both old and new weapon systems.
  5. Production/Operations Management: The graduate will be able to apply the techniques of production/operations management at Naval Aviation Intermediate Activities and Depots, Navy Fleet Industrial and Support Activities, and other DoD maintenance and maintenance support activities.
  6. Materials and Physical Distribution Management: The graduate will be able to apply the techniques of materials management and physical distribution management in designing and operating of fleet and troop support systems, both during peacetime and during rapidly developing wartime contingencies. This will include acquiring material and transportation assets to ensure that the distribution of material is both cost-effective and efficient. The graduate will also have an in-depth understanding of domestic, international, and defense transportation systems including the various modes, types of carriers within each mode, and the regulations affecting material movement by each type of carrier.
  7. Joint and Maritime Strategic Planning: The graduate will have knowledge of the development and execution of military strategy and the effects of technical effects on warfare, an understanding of the means of formulation of U.S. policy, the roles of military forces and joint planning, and current issues in the defense organization. The graduate will also have a detailed understanding of the plans and processes of the DoD for providing support of strategic sealift and mobilization.
  8. Thesis/Project: The graduate will demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research and analysis, and proficiency in presenting the results in writing by means of a thesis appropriate to this curriculum.

Acquisition Management Curricula

The Acquisition Management Curricula are designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to effectively lead the acquisition workforce and efficiently manage the resources allocated to the acquisition process. The curricula focus on problem solving and decision-making in a variety of acquisition situations demanding critical thinking and a balanced approach in the application of theory and practical solutions. Graduates of the curricula are expected to assume leadership positions in the acquisition workforce.