Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate Overview
The University of West Florida’s Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate prepares you to enter positions in public acquisition management, with coursework that can create additional opportunities for career professionals. The curriculum acquaints you with contracting from pre-award to contract close-out, providing both practical and theoretical knowledge to create a solid foundation for a rewarding career in government contracting, nonprofits or with civilian contractors who engage in public sector contracts.
In your coursework, you will study the entire public contracting life cycle, including planning, solicitation, selection, negotiation, award, post-award administration and close-out. Your classes will also examine the underlying legal and theoretical basis of public purchasing, considering the place and importance of acquisitions within the larger government structure. Through individual work products and team-based interactions, you and your classmates will apply your knowledge to real-world circumstances. Ultimately, your ability to see a contracting situation from various perspectives will be invaluable, because you will achieve outcomes that are fair to all parties with the best value for your client.
The Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate is one of two certificate options included in the MSA in Public Administration program. Graduate non-degree seeking students may also opt to complete the certificate independently. Students selecting this path who later enroll in the degree program may be able to apply the credits to the degree.
Candidates for This Program Include:
- Graduate Non-degree seeking students
- Students new to procurement and contracting
- Those already working in acquisition and contract administration who seek career advancement
You Will Be Able To:
- Work with expert faculty to choose topics of interest for class assignments
- Apply classroom material in real-life scenarios
- Generate a more thoughtful, considered approach to contracting and procurement decisions
Courses and Requirements
Once prerequisites are met, the certificate requires completion of the following courses with a grade of C or higher. Participants must secure a combined grade point average of 2.5 or higher for the courses required by the certificate.
- PAD 5635 - Government Contract Law
3.0 Credit Hours
Government Contract Law
Government contract law and ethics. Major provisions of the federal Procurement Integrity Act and general federal acquisition contract principles. Authority of contracting officers, delegation of contracting officer authority, and impact of delegation. Procedures for formation of government contracts and contract protest, government property fundamentals, government contract funding and fiscal matters, labor, social, economic, environmental concerns and fraud. Legal aspects of inspection, acceptance, delivery, warranties, changes, terminations and contract disputes.
- PAD 5855 - Acquisition Administration
3.0 Credit Hours
Working knowledge of government contracting policies and procedures needed to evaluate and analyze methods of solicitation and awarding of federal government contracts in the most advantageous manner for the government client.
- PAD 5862 - Government Cost and Pricing Analysis
3.0 Credit Hours
Government Cost and Pricing Analysis
Government Cost and Pricing policies and procedures needed to prepare or evaluate and analyze cost proposals and costs incurred in Federal Government Contracts. Components of government cost and price analysis in federal contracting as defined by the Defense Contracting Auditing Agency (DCAA). Contracts from the contractor's and the federal Contracting Officer's perspective. Indirect costs and cost allocation bases. Methods utilized by the federal government to establish estimates of fair and competitive prices for goods and services.
- PAD 5635 - Government Contract Law
To be considered for admission into the University of West Florida’s online Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate program, you must be admitted into the University as a graduate non-degree seeking student.
How to Apply
To begin a certificate program, interested students need to fill out a Graduate Non-degree Seeking Application. Once accepted as a graduate non-degree seeking student, students should contact the CEPS Advising Center and speak to an advisor about course availability and scheduling. Then, complete the online Graduate Certificate Declaration Form on MyUWF.
Have questions about this program or the admissions process? Contact our graduate admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a current UWF student, please reach out to the department academic advisor.
Costs & Financial Aid
|In-state Tuition||$384.60 per credit hour||$3,461.40|
|Out-of-State Tuition||$1,044.24 per credit hour||$9,398.16|
|90% Out-of-State Tuition Waiver||$478.83 per credit hour||$4,309.47|
Tuition waivers cover up to 90 percent of the non-resident portion of your tuition and are available to non-Florida residents (including international students) admitted to online programs and registered for online courses in active pursuit of that degree or certificate. You must pay all other assessed tuition and fees.
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes up to two semesters to complete, depending on course availability.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Alabama Differential Out-of-State Tuition
Residents of Alabama are eligible for Alabama Differential Tuition, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. For more information and to verify residency status for tuition purposes, new undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and new graduate students should contact the Graduate School. Current enrolled students should contact the Office of the Registrar.
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With an Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate, you can work in an entry-level acquisition position or pursue career advancement.
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