Welcome to the Graduate Student Acquisition Research Program

The Acquisition Research Program seeks quality graduate student research. The following list indicates the range of potential research areas of interest within the Big A of DoD: acquisition and procurement policy, supply chain management, public budgeting and finance, cost management, project management, logistics management, engineering management, outsourcing, performance measurement, collaboration and human systems integration, etc.

Choose a sponsor topic (we have a Hot Topics List) or create one of your own.

Acceptance into our graduate student research program will give you access to digital recorders; transcription and editorial support; and some travel funding at no cost to you.

What does this mean to you?

  • Opportunity to be involved in building the DoD Acquisition body of knowledge and to make an impact

  • Opportunity to have your research in front of DoD decision-makers

  • Opportunity to connect with Sponsors and points of contact to conduct research

  • Opportunity to choose faculty and team members in your own discipline/service and/or across disciplines/services

Program Benefits:

  1. Travel Funding; digital recorders, transcription and editorial support
  2. Research poster support for the Student Research Poster Show at the Annual Acquisition Research Symposium held each May
  3. A color, tape bound copy of your research report
  4. Your research report included on the ARP website

Program Expectations:

  1. Produce quality research that can be published through the Acquisition Research Program.
  2. Research report is written for “Public Release, Unlimited Distribution”
  3. Meet your Project Deadlines / Stay on Schedule
  4. Complete ALL ARP deliverables prior to leaving NPS (WORD File, BIOS, POSTER).
  5. Research Competition Goal at least 2 months prior to official NPS graduation.
  6. Present Research Findings at the Annual Symposium if asked/available.

Hot Topics & Milestones:

Graduate Student Research Topics

Student ARP General Timeline & Milestones

Student ARP Research Flowchart

Acquisition Research Handbook Series:

Analysis Planning Methodology: For Thesis, Joint Applied Project & MBA Research Reports

APA Citation Style (6th Edition)

Effective Tables, Figures & Frequently Used Terms

Writing Style & English Usage

Research Resources:

Defense Acquisition Management Information Retrieval (DAMIR)

Dudley Knox Library, NPS

Acquisition Research Program - Publications

Writing Guides & Resources, Dudley Knox Library, NPS


Sample ARP Student Application

Sample ARP Student Bios

Sample ARP Student Acknowledgments

Sample ARP Student Research Poster


NPS Thesis Processing Office & Templates for MBA, Thesis & JAP

Template ARP Student Research Poster

More Information:

Ms. Karey L. Shaffer, MBA, (klshaffe@nps.edu), Research Associate & Program Manager, Acquisition Research Program, Naval Postgraduate School.

Ms. Tera Yoder, (tjyoder@nps.edu) Program Support Specialist, General Dynamics Information Technology supporting the Acquisition Research Program.