Contract managers need to fully understand the client's business and culture as they make vital purchasing and procurement decisions for domestic as well as international organizations. The certificate program in acquisition and contract management addresses the many challenges faced in government contracting for specialized acquisitions, including service, research and development, and information technology contracts. It also supports the industry's ongoing demands for the implementation of performance-based contracts and competitive sourcing, especially as competition or resources grow within the government and global acquisitions and procurements become more commonplace.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Acquisition and Contract Management Graduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Conduct public, private, and international acquisitions in a legal and ethical manner
  • Leverage post-award principles and practices to streamline the acquisition process
  • Conduct source selection of products and services strategically
  • Devise a comprehensive plan to handle purchasing and logistics for a commodity

Acquisition and Contract 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: 18

  • DCL 600M
  • ACM 610
  • ACM 620

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • All courses must be taken in the order listed. 
  • You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses. 
  • The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

Overall Certificate Requirements

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

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you take ASC 605 to improve your computing skills. We recommend you take ASC 601 to improve your graduate writing skills.