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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 — Course 601

  • Pricing and Financial Management of Government Contracts — Course 619


Then Take Any Four of the Following Courses . . .


  • Government Contract Law — Course 603

  • Business Development and Proposal Preparation — Course 613

  • Risk Analysis and Management — Course 679

  • Contract Management and Administration — Course 631

  • Negotiation – Principles and Practices — Course 635

  • Source Selection and Contract Award — Course 651

  • Program Management — Course 625

      Managing Projects — Course 627


Once You Complete...

All Coursework and Examinations

Receive Your Certificate

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