Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate

The University of West Florida has the opportunity to provide the training envisioned by Congress and the Office of Management and Budget via the Online Campus with the Acquisition and Contract Administration Certificate. Additional courses are anticipated as demand under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act grows, both in DOD and civilian contractors.

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Program Description

The Federal Office of Management and Budget, in Policy Letter 05-01, indicates that, “The quality and effectiveness of the federal acquisition process depend on the development of a capable and competent workforce. Congress recognized the need for a professional workforce through the passage of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act… [and other Acts] which established education, training, and experience requirements for entry and advancement in the acquisition career fields for the Department of Defense (DOD) and civilian agencies respectively.”

Policy Letters have also been issued by the Office of Management and Budget that “established policies for skill-based training in contracting and purchasing duties for all executive agencies… [and]…established career management, education, and training requirements for contracting personnel in civilian executive agencies.” It is obvious that these federal regulations and policy rulings have great impact in the NorthWest Florida region due to the large military presence.

Online degrees may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.

Career Opportunities

Prospective employment areas for graduates of the Acquisition and Contract Administration certificate include:

  • Contract Specialist
  • Contracting Officer
  • Industrial Property Specialist
  • Program Management Intern
  • Cost Analyst
  • Financial Management Analyst
  • Budget Analyst

Department Contact

Christopher Atkinson
Assistant Professor
Department of Administration and Law
(850) 474-2036

Catalog Description
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Admissions Requirements

To begin a certificate program, interested students need to fill out a Graduate Non-degree Seeking Application. Once accepted as a non-degree seeking student, students should contact the CEPS Advising Center and speak to an advisor about course availability and scheduling, and to complete the online Graduate Certificate Declaration Form on My.UWF.

Application Deadlines

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Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.


Download the Acquisition and Contract Administration Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Acquisition-Contract-Administration-ALP (PDF)
View the Acquisition and Contract Administration Curriculum Map: MSA-Acquisitions-and-Contract-Administration-CMGR (PDF)

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