Master of Science in Government Contracts

Please note: as of March 1, 2020, this program is no longer accepting applications.

Where Government Intersects Business

Managing the United States government is big business. With annual procurement spending of more than $520 billion annually, the federal government's procurement policies and practices face intense scrutiny from 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 businesses 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 receiving fines and penalties for violating labor law requirements, having their contracts terminated for failing to perform as promised, or being suspended or debarred for the illegal actions of one of their employees.

In a time when the success and health of an entire company often 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.


Academic Program

GW’s MS in Government Contracts offers an innovative curriculum that combines both the core principles of government procurement law and business.

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MSGC Courses

An overview of the core and elective courses offered during the MSGC Program.


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Karen Thornton Featured In Contract Management Magazine

Karen Thornton, director of GWSB’s Master of Science in Government Contract and GW Law School’s Government Procurement Law programs, recently was the subject of Contract Management magazine’s “Executive Interview” feature. Read more

NCMA Honors MSGC Students

The National Contract Management Association presented awards for outstanding academic achievement to two GW students in the Master of Science in Government Contracts program, Myrka Mikhail and Crystal Fundenburg. Read more

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