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Master of Science in Cost Analysis


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

R. David Fass, PhD.


This research effort intends on identifying the knowledge, skills, abilities necessary for cost analysts to be effective decision support members. The purpose of this research is to determine what levels of education, training, and knowledge are needed by cost analysts in the current career field and in the foreseeable future. It also assesses whether cost analysts associate the levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities as requirements in fulfilling cost analyst duties. From this analysis, a suggested undergraduate education, master’s degree program, and certifications were created for current and future cost analysts to strive to achieve. To accomplish this objective, personal interviews were conducted and utilized. The recommendations of this study are intended to assist cost analysts in attaining knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary in contributing and supporting as a decision support member.

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