MSGC Academic Program

The Master of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) program at the GW School of Business offers an innovative curriculum that combines the core principles of both government procurement law and business. This program is unique in the world, blending the study of government procurement law and policy (taught by faculty at the School of Law) with a core business curriculum (taught by faculty at the 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, which confers the degree, 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.


Students must complete 36 credit hours as follows:

  • Eight Core Classes for a total of 23 credit hours
  • Law or Business Electives comprising nine credit hours
  • The Capstone Course comprising four credit hours (including scholarly research, writing and the capstone project)

Core classes may be taken in any sequence. Formation of Government Contracts and Performance of Government Contracts must be completed before taking Law electives. The capstone course must be completed last.


All courses are offered on the Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, D.C. and online.


The MSGC Program can be completed in as little as two-and-a-half years or as long as five years. Students generally take one or two courses per semester. The MSGC program manager works with students to create a customized plan that fits their needs.