Master of Science in Government Contracts

Where Government Intersects Business

Managing the United States government is big business--huge, in fact. With annual procurement spending of more than $520 billion annually, the federal government's procurement policies and practices face intense scrutiny from the Congress, the media, and the public. For agency employees involved in the acquisition process, whether determining procurement requirements, managing appropriated funds, overseeing contractor performance, managing programs or projects, or negotiating and administering contracts, there has never been more pressure to get it right.

For companies' intent on selling to the government, the complexities of doing so have never been greater. With a myriad of compliance requirements and an environment of intense oversight and arms-length relations with agencies, contractors face everything from having their proposals not considered for failing to comply with complex submission instructions, to fines and penalties for violating labor law requirements, to having their contracts terminated for failing to perform as promised, to being suspended or debarred for the illegal actions of one of their employees. In a time when the success and health of the entire company depends upon the actions of a single employee, it is essential that companies ensure their employees understand the federal acquisition risk environment, know the rules, and execute their contractual obligations flawlessly.

Intersection of Government Procurement Law and Business

GW's new Master of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) program is unique in the world, blending the study of government procurement law and policy (taught by faculty at GW Law), with a core business curriculum (taught by faculty of GW's School of Business). The program is designed to give working professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the world of federal acquisition, and it is intended for professionals from a variety of acquisition-related jobs in both government and private industry.

Built upon the law school's world-renowned Government Procurement Law program, which offers more than 50 years of experience educating successful government procurement lawyers and professionals, this unique program blends the study of government procurement law with a grounding in sound business principles. The innovative curriculum balances practice and theory, helping students to develop the skills that acquisition professionals need to become effective managers and leaders.

The only one of its kind in the United States, GW's Government Procurement Law Program was established in 1960 by Professors Emeritus Ralph C. Nash, Jr. and John Cibinic, Jr. The program brings with it unparalleled faculty resources, course offerings, and professional development opportunities. The program's faculty and leadership, including Professors Daniel I. Gordon, Steven Schooner, Christopher Yukins, and Joshua Schwartz, are recognized thought leaders in government procurement and offer students many years of experience in the federal government, private sector, and academia.

The School of Business brings with it the resources necessary to equip students with the essentials of business, offering more than a dozen graduate and doctoral programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are actively engaged in global business and cutting-edge research. The school advances the frontiers of knowledge through more than a dozen research centers and institutes, studying a full spectrum of business issues, from international trade to the science of decision making.

Note: The George Washington University Law School does not confer degrees for this program. Degrees are conferred by the George Washington University School of Business.

Contact Information

Karen D. Thornton
Director, Government Procurement Law Program
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H St., NW
Washington, DC 20052

Jo Jones
Program Manager, MS in Government Contracts
The George Washington School of Business
2201 G Street, NW 
Duquès Hall
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

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