Various colleges and universities around the country offer programs for those wishing to begin a career in government contract negotiations. Both master's degree and graduate certificate programs are available.
Schools with Government Contract Management Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Villanova University||Villanova, PA||4-year, Private||Master's Certificate||$6,885|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesille, VA||4-year, Public||Graduate Certificate||$8,244 (In-State), $15,660 (Out-of-State)|
|University of California-Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$5,700|
|George Washington University||Washington, DC||4-year, Private||Master's||$27,810|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, VA||4-year, Public||Graduate Certificate||$478 per credit hour (In-state), $1195 per credit hour (Out-of-State)|
|Northcentral University||San Diego, CA||4-year, Private||Graduate Certificate||$11,642 (Post-baccalaureate), $19,074 (Post-master's)|
|Southern New Hampshire University||Manchester, NH||4-year, Private||Master's||$1,881 per course|
|Indiana Wesleyan University||Marion, IN||4-year, Private||Master's||$18,756|
|University of the Potomac||Washington, DC||4-year, Private||Master's, Graduate Certificate||$741 per credit (Master's program for domestic students), $250 per credit (Certificate program)|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, School Websites
School Selection Criteria
Students may want to consider the following when looking for a government contract school:
- Assess the course in relation to your career goals because those interested in increased responsibilities, such as subcontractor and project management professionals, may want to consider a master's degree program that provides the necessary multidisciplinary education.
- Consider the flexibility of class schedules and the option of online classes as some schools also provide part-time options or flexible scheduling with night and weekend classes to accommodate working students.
- Look into areas of specialization as this may be a contributing factor when researching potential schools, with some master's degree programs offering concentrations, such as military contracts or public acquisitions.
- Assess the available internships opportunities for the course and opportunities to secure practical, supervised experience.
Graduate Certificate in Government Contract Management
Certificate programs are designed for experienced professionals with a bachelor's degree. Graduate studies prepare employees to advance their careers or transition into a different field. Courses include cost and price analysis, purchasing, materials management and government procurement law.
Master's Degree in Contract Management
A master's degree provides students with advanced knowledge of government contracting and aids in career advancement into management positions. This degree program is suitable for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in a related field of study. Coursework commonly includes business research methods, management information systems, government contract law and negotiations.
Students interested in government contracts can either obtain a Master's degree or a graduate certificate, with some specialization, depending on the school and student's career path.