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Procurement and Contract Management Certificate

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.

Start DatesAugust, January, May
Estimated Cost$10,620 (same in-state and out-of-state)
Duration18 graduate credits / 6 courses/ 12 months on average
FormatPart-time: online
Next Application Deadline

April 1, 2020 for Summer 2021 term


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

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 5050 Seminar for Acquisition Personnel
Surveys current research in the field of contract management and provides an opportunity to develop skill in critical evaluation of theories and their application in solving problems. Prerequisite: PC 5010

PC 5070 Services Contracting
Examines the laws, regulations, and procedures that govern all stages of government services contracting, including planning, solicitation, proposal development, evaluation, and contract administration. Designed for both experienced and novice contract administrators. Covers the latest policies and regulations relating to services. Prerequisite: PC 5010

PC 5080 FAR Standards for Actions & Decisions
Provides a detailed explanation, review, and analysis of many FAR standards and tests applied in successful contracting decisions. The standards apply to both government buying and industry selling business decisions. 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 5140 Seminar in International Procurement
Examines current issues in public and private international procurement. Reviews relevant international business issues. Each student will choose, with the approval of the instructor, a specific topic for research and writing. Prerequisite: PC 5010

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. 

PC 5200 Advanced Subcontract Management
Designed to cover the technical, business, and contractual issues surrounding subcontract management from both the prime contractor and subcontractor perspectives. Intended for both commercial and federal students. Covers the entire subcontract relationship from initiation through termination.  

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.


On average, students take two courses per term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months.
admission requirements

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

  • Bachelor’s degree
Admission Details

$10,620 (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

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

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