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Government contracting certificate program students at Mount St. Mary's University.

Government Contracting Certificate

Navigate the complexities of federal procurement and regulations.

The federal government, which purchases more than $500 billion in goods and services per year, relies on the contracting workforce to ensure maximum value.

Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business

The government contracting certificate program is part of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. The Bolte School has an impeccable reputation for producing successful business leaders, and the entire faculty shares a commitment to ensuring that you receive the knowledge, experience and insight to leave the Mount as a responsible, methodologically sound and ethical business professional.

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About the certificate.

The Mount's graduate certificate in government contracting was designed with assistance from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). As a student, you will learn the ins and outs of negotiation, regulations, compliance and financial management from the perspectives of both the government and the private contractor. Courses include:

  • Legal Considerations in Contracting (DAU equivalent: CON 216).
  • Intermediate Cost and Price Analysis (DAU equivalent: CON 270).
  • Source Selection and Administration of Service (DAU equivalent: CON 280).
  • Contract Administration and Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment (DAU equivalent: CON 290).
  • Contracting for Decision Makers (DAU equivalent: CON 360).

The Mount's program is designed for working adults. Program highlights include:

  • Finish in only 10 months. Five courses are offered sequentially, allowing you to focus on one class at a time. Courses are offered in accelerated 8-week sessions beginning in August.
  • Attend convenient classes. Meet part-time one or two nights per week (6-9:30 p.m.). Our Frederick campus is minutes from I-70 and I-270. Online classes may also be available.
  • Support from classmates and faculty. Up to 24 students begin and end the program together, allowing you to connect with classmates.
  • Work toward your master's degree. All certificate credits may be applied to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.


$10,050 - Total cost of the program.* No additional fees.

  • Cost is based on 15 credits (five classes) at $670 per credit.
  • $24,790 is the total cost if the certificate is taken in combination with the 37-credit MBA (additional seven courses)*.
  • No application fee.

Financial Aid

Students may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

*Tuition represents 2019-20 rates, effective July 1, 2019. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Admissions and application

  • Classes begin: August
  • Admissions: Rolling
  • Priority Application Deadline: Six weeks prior to the start of the first course
  • No application fee

Admissions requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • Students must demonstrate one of the following:
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher or;
    • Five full years of relevant work experience or;
    • 500 minimum score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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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