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Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting

The Federal Government purchases more than $500 billion a year in contracted goods and services. It relies on its contracting workforce to ensure federal procurement policies and practices provide the maximum value and benefit to the taxpayer. It is necessary for those who lead or manage a business enterprise to understand the complexities of federal procurement and ever changing regulations.

The graduate certificate program in Government Contracting teaches individuals about the rules and regulations governing federal contracting and the laws associated with contract compliance, socioeconomic programs, policy making, and financial management.

Admission Requirements & Application

Individuals wishing to apply for admission into the graduate certificate program in Government Contracting program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree and must satisfy the following:

  • Completed application; Apply online

  • Nonrefundable $35 application fee; Checks made payable to Mount St. Mary's University

  • Submit all transcript(s) from accredited institutions

  • Must satisfy one of the following:

    • 2.75 minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average, or;

    • Five full years of relevant, professional business experience (résumé required), or;

    • 500 minimum score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Program Details

The program consists of five graduate courses. These five courses (15 academic credits) can also be applied toward an MBA degree by completing seven additional courses (22 academic credits). Courses are offered in the evening in 8-week accelerated sessions at the Mount's Frederick Campus.

Students must have completed the following undergraduate prerequisite courses to enroll in the post baccalaureate certificate program.

  • Principles of Accounting (3)

  • Principles of Financial Accounting (3)

  • Statistics (3)

* Note the Mount offers the prerequisite courses and can work these courses into a student's schedule necessary to complete them before enrollment in the program.

Gainful Employment Disclosure
While the majority of our students choose to earn a post baccalaureate certificate in addition to a graduate degree, some opt for a stand alone certificate program. For those opting to take only the certificate program additional information is provided and required by the federal government regarding program costs, financing, success rate and related occupations. See the Gainful Employment Disclosure information for the Government Contracting Certificate Program.

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