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Federal Acquisition—Government Contracting Certificate Online

The undergraduate Federal Acquisition—Government Contracting Certificate online is designed for career changers, veterans, and recent college graduates interested in competitive government contracting positions. This is a key component to attaining Level I contracting certification, which positions certificate-holders to work for civilian and Department of Defense agencies. Students learn how to successfully use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to develop acquisition strategies, substantiate contracting decisions, evaluate proposals and awards, and manage and close out contracts.

Advance your career in government contracting, and join the UVA family for life.

Start DatesAugust, January, June
Estimated Cost$7,740 (same in-state and out-of-state)
Duration18 graduate credits / 6 courses/ 12 months on average
FormatPart-time: online
Next Application DeadlineAs of May 1, 2018, we are no longer accepting applications for the Certificate in Federal Acquisition.

Courses - Federal Acquisition

Required Courses (6)

FAC 3010 Federal Regulations I
Introduces the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR). Explores the contracting environment, available resources, and the acquisition planning process within the federal government.

FAC 3011 Federal Regulations II
Examines the regulations required to conduct the federal government solicitation and evaluation process, and covers the FAR and DFAR.

FAC 3012 Federal Regulations III
Examines the regulations required to conduct contract initiation, management, and modifications within the federal government. Covers the FAR and DFAR.

FAC 3020 Federal Contract Management
Covers the business decisions necessary to meet customer needs throughout the contract life cycle, and those that are necessary to perform as contracting officers within the federal government. Explores how to shape business relationships, how to plan for and execute a contract, and how to manage a contract after award.

FAC 3030 Federal Cost & Price Analysis I
Examines the principles of cost and price analysis, and related regulations required to perform proposal and contract modification analysis.

FAC 3031 Federal Cost & Price Analysis II
Covers specific topics related to cost and price analysis, such as small business programs, performance based pay, cash flow, GSA contracting, and e-Business.

The information contained on this web site is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

On average, students take two courses per term, including the summer, and take 12 months to complete the degree.
admission requirements
As of May 1, 2018, we are no longer accepting applications for the Certificate in Federal Acquisition.
$7,890 (same in-state and out-of-state)
  • This program is not eligible for financial aid
Tuition Details
* Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates adjusted annually.
our value
  • Develop skills needed for competitive government positions in a flexible online format