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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. A certificate in government contracting will prepare you with a thorough knowledge of the procurement process, government standards and negotiating technique while helping you meet required education and training standards.

Making it easy for you.

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. 

We're committed to making it easy for you to go back to school on a part-time basis to help you advance your career. It's important to us that you feel supported, can maintain your work-life balance, and have access to all of the resources you need to be a successful student. You will have all of the traditional college resources available to aid in your success, such as our award winning Career Center, Writing Center, Library and Learning Services, just to name a few.

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Coursework & Format

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).

Designed for working adults

As a student in the government contracting certificate program we make it easy for you to:

  • 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.

Want to see a full listing of all government contracting courses?

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Career Outcomes

Mount graduates with a certificate in government contracting have jobs such as:
  • Contract administrator
  • Purchasing manager
  • Procurement agent
  • Grants management specialist
  • Purchasing/Buyer

From resume analysis to job search tools to networking with alumni, the Career Center is available through every step of your professional journey.

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Affordability & Financial Aid

Graduate level programs are designed to be taken one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the 5- and 8-week classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs. 

  • $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).*

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

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans. The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college.

Visit our Graduate Student Financial Aid webpage for more details. 

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Admissions & Application

Admission to the program is rolling, which means we accept applications at any time of the year. Classes for the certificate begin in August, and submitting your application six weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision. There is no application fee. 

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

Admissions requirements

Students must meet the requirements of the certificate program to be considered for admission. 

  • 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).

Application Materials

  • Free online application
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) from all accredited four-year institutions attended after high school
  • Résumé detailing professional experience
  • GRE score (if required based on GPA or work experience)

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