Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Cost Analysis (GCA)
Current as of: 04/29/2014

Degree Type: MS

The Cost Analysis (GCA) program is designed to advance the knowledge and creative problem solving skills needed to effectively estimate program resources within the global military, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States Air Force (USAF) environments.

The curriculum integrates a strong foundation in quantitative concepts and techniques with specific military cost-related topics to prepare students to contribute effectively in a variety of complex and challenging roles in the global military arena. Besides the weapon system cost sequence, the curriculum includes courses in mathematical methods, quantitative decision-making, economics, cost management, risk, finance, econometrics, contract management, computer programming and maintenance and production management.

Program graduates are well grounded in course work related to follow-on assignments within the financial management field of cost estimating at the base, Major Command, and higher levels.

GCA Program Educational Objectives: The GCA program is designed to advance the knowledge and creative problem solving skills needed to effectively estimate program resources within the global military, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Air Force (USAF) environments. The curriculum integrates a strong foundation in quantitative concepts and techniques with specific military cost-related topics to prepare students to contribute effectively in a variety of complex and challenging roles in the global military arena. Besides the weapon system cost sequence, the curriculum includes courses in mathematical methods, quantiative decision-making, economics, cost management, risk, systems engineering, and maintenance and production management.

GCA StudentOutcomes: Students should be able to

  1. Effectively communicate using both oral and written communications.
  2. Understand and apply concepts and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze problems under conditions of risk and uncertainty.
  3. Understand and apply the concepts, methods, and tools related to cost estimating in a program acquisition context.
  4. Understand and apply concepts from a wide range of business disciplines within the specific context of DoD resource estimation.
  5. Conduct and present methodical research to creatively solve complex and abmiguous problems and support resulting decisions with appropriate documentation.

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Enrollment and graduation data for ABET-accredited Cost Analysis master's degree program are located on AFIT's Institutional Data <http://www.afit.edu/INSTITUTIONALDATA/index.cfm> webpage.