Procurement and Contract Management Certificate

My professors all work during the day in contract and project management, so their courses were highly relevant and up to date.

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The graduate Procurement and Contract Management Certificate online is ideal for mid-level and senior professionals looking to level up in their careers. Covering the core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association, coursework focuses on procurement policy and practices, contract management, negotiation methods, and the laws and regulations associated with federal government contracting.

Increase your expertise and earning potential, and join the UVA family for life.

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Required Courses (4)
PC 5010 Procurement Policy & Practices

Covers all subchapters of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), providing an intensive review of practical, technical, business, and contractual issues that the government deals with in establishing and managing a federal contract. Topics such as acquisition process, governmental acquisition plans, inspection, and termination are covered as are some of the basics necessary for contracts and acquisition personnel.  

PC 5040 Advanced Contract Management

Reinforces and increases knowledge of the principles of contract formation and administration. Major topics include: market research, acquisition and source selection planning, contract types and financing, RFPs, protests, subcontract administration, contract finance and debt collection, contract payments and prompt payments, termination, delays, quality assurance and changes, claims, and closeout. Prerequisite: PC 5010

PC 5060 Federal Acquisition Case Studies

Provides a basic understanding of the laws and regulations that apply to federal government contracting. Analyzes case studies dealing with federal contracting. Emphasizes ethical considerations, as well as the current and anticipated regulations and policies affecting federal procurement. Prerequisite: PC 5010

PC 5100 Advanced Contracting by Negotiation

Provides a detailed explanation of contracting by the negotiation method as provided in the current Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15. Reviews the policy and procedures in contracting by negotiation. Prerequisite: PC 5010

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Elective Courses (Select 2)
PC 5020 Advanced Cost & Price Analysis

Covers basic contract types and how to determine the costs for each. Includes how a business functions financially and how pricing decisions are made for a specific commodity; market versus cost-based pricing decisions; methodologies used in the development of cost analysis studies; and life cycle costing. Prerequisite: PC 5010

PC 5130 Advanced Services Contracting

Provides the opportunity for intensive review and workshop experience in the current predominant policies and procedures of services contracting. Covers laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that are currently superior in influence, drawn from all stages of the services contracting acquisition cycle. Prerequisite: PC 5010 or instructor permission.

PC 5160 Strategic Customer Relationship Management

Explores how contractors obtain and retain federal customers with significant emphasis on: analysis, marketing, sales, proposals, and client retention strategies. 

PSPM 5030 Introduction to Project Management

PSPM 5030 Introduction to Project Management Introduces students to the various aspects of the project life cycle and project management. Explores best practices and the application of these best practices for project success.

PSPM 5230 Project Management: Leadership & Managing the Project Team

Analyzes the difference between leadership and management in the project management environment. Evaluates the role of the project manager as team leader, and reviews the application of various leadership and management techniques to project management.  


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.

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Start Dates: August, January, May

Duration: On average, students take two courses per term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months. (18 graduate credits / 6 courses)

Format: Online

Admission Requirements


Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

  • Bachelor’s degree

Admission Details



$10,782 (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.