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Master’s Certificate of Acquisition & Contracting



This program is not accepting new enrollments.

This program provides knowledge of the planning, analysis, decision-making and control tools necessary for making and implementing effective financial decisions.

Program Objectives

This Master’s Certificate program provides you with a sophisticated and deep knowledge of acquisition, contracting and procurement processes and how these interrelate with standard business management processes of finance, law, operations, marketing and technical management. Emphasis is on preparing you to apply what you have learned in the professional environment.


A newly accepted student at Patten must enroll in their first class within 90 days of acceptance. A student is subject to dismissal from the University for Unsatisfactory Academic Progress if they do not meet this deadline.

To earn your Master’s Certificate in Acquisition & Contracting you must accrue 18 credits. It’s required that your course of study include Federal Government Contracting and Pricing & Financial Management of Government Contracts, the two fundamental disciplines. Apart from those, you may elect to explore any four of seven subject areas.

Curriculum Path

Start By Taking the Required Courses:

  • Federal Government Contracting — ACC 601

  • Pricing and Financial Management of Government Contracts — ACC 619


Then Take Any Four of the Following Courses:

  • Government Contract Law — ACC 603

  • Business Development and Proposal Preparation — ACC 613

  • Risk Analysis and Management — PMP 679

  • Contract Management and Administration — ACC 631

  • Negotiation – Principles and Practices — ACC 635

  • Source Selection and Contract Award — ACC 651

  • Program Management — PMP 625

      Managing Projects — PMP 627

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