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Master of Contract Management



This program is not accepting new enrollments.

The Master of Contract Management program is geared for industry professionals whose organizations encourage advanced degrees to be as competitive as possible when bidding for government business and to ensure full contract performance. The Master of Contract Management is an accredited graduate degree and, like the Master of Acquisition Management, is much sought after by contracting professionals who are building impressive resume credentials.

Program Objectives

The Master of Contract Management program provides you with a sophisticated and deep knowledge of federal government contracting, with a view toward helping private-sector contractors succeed. Not only are the principles of acquisition and procurement covered in this program, but also the fundamentals of finance, law, operations, marketing and technical management as they relate to doing business with the government. Emphasis is on preparing students to apply what they’ve learned in the competitive 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.

You must earn 36 credits to graduate. Each course is 3 credits. Twelve courses are required. To graduate you are required either to pass a comprehensive final examination or satisfactorily complete a project approved by the University and your instructor.

Curriculum Path

Each Patten course is organized in a sequential and logical order to make your learning experience optimal. When you begin, you will get a comprehensive study guide, with clear, simple instructions on how to proceed through each of your 12 courses.

We suggest you start by taking Course 602, “Essentials of Management,” followed by Course 601, “Federal Government Contracting.” However, the actual path you will take will depend on the advanced standing you received for courses previously completed elsewhere.

For individuals who are new to the contracting field, it is suggested that you register for the non-credit Course 600 "Government Contracting Business Arrangements" before registering for any other Patten Contracting courses.

General Management Courses

  • Essentials of Management - BUS 602

  • Organizational Behavior & Human Resources - BUS 659

  • Business Research Methods - BUS 653

  • Management Accounting and Control - BUS 657

  • Financial Management - BUS 661

      Management Information Systems - BUS 695


      Management Economics - BUS 663

Contracting Courses

  • Federal Government Contracting - ACC 601

  • Government Contract Law - ACC 603

  • Contract Management and Administration - ACC 631

  • Negotiation – Principles and Practices - ACC 635

  • Business Development and Proposal Preparation - ACC 613

  • Pricing and Financial Management - ACC 619

  • Managing Projects - PMP 627

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