The acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate program at University of Maryland Global Campus will help you build a foundation in the strategic and operational aspects of the end-to-end supply chain and procurement functions. You can learn best practices to use in your current role and develop new contacts through networking opportunities in our career-focused program.

The curriculum features projects sponsored by companies and clients, as well as case studies of real supply chain management issues, so what you learn can be applied immediately in the workplace.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply the legal structure for public and private acquisition processes
  • Use technology effectively for establishing sustainable supply chains supporting product and service delivery
  • Apply knowledge of efficient contract management processes throughout the acquisition life cycle
  • Plan, conduct, and manage negotiated procurements
  • Perform cost analysis preparations and understand all categories of costs, including profit
  • Apply strategic purchasing and logistics methodologies

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Serve as a supply chain manager in a simulation, analyzing critical supply chain problems by using a hands-on SCM Globe Simulation tool.

Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 15

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
  • ASCM 626
  • ASCM 627
  • ASCM 628
  • ASCM 629
  • ASCM 630

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • ASCM 626 must be taken as one of the first two certificate courses.
  • You may take ASCM 650 in lieu of ASCM 627 and ASCM 630

Overall Certificate Requirements

Review the overall graduate certificate requirements on the certificates overview webpage.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in contracting, acquisition, supply chain management, and procurement.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is appropriate for midcareer professionals and also those new to the field. We recommend you have strong writing and analytical skills. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Special Designations

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UMGC's graduate acquisition coursework is focused on the core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association. NCMA members can apply successfully completed 3-credit courses within UMGC's acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate and management master's degree specialization toward continuing professional education credits required for NCMA certification and recertification.

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If you're looking to advance your career in acquisitions, take advantage of UMGC's educational alignment with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act and the Federal Acquisition Certification requirements.

UMGC is working with Defense Acquisition University and the Federal Acquisition Institute to help ensure that the acquisition workforce gains the skills, certifications, and academic credentials needed for increased effectiveness and career advancement.


DAU Course Mapping

UMGC will apply DAU courses to the MS in Management specialization in Acquisition and Supply Chain Management—totaling 3 courses (9 credits). All combinations possible under this agreement are listed below.

Take the following DAU course set to earn credit for ASCM 626:

  • CON 100, CON 200, and CON 216

Take the following DAU course to earn credit for ASCM 627:

  • CON 090

Take one of the following DAU courses/sets of courses to earn credit for ASCM 628:

  • CON 170, CON 320, and CON 370

  • CON 290

Take one of the following DAU courses to earn credit for ASCM 629:

  • LOG 350

  • LOG 465

Take the following DAU courses to earn credit for ASCM 630:

  • ACQ 370

  • ACQ 451

  • CON 216

Take one of the following DAU courses to earn credit for ASCM 632:

  • LOG 350

  • LOG 465