Prepare for advancement in contracting, acquisition, supply chain management, or procurement with a graduate certificate in acquisition and supply chain management.

The acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate at University of Maryland University College is designed for mid-career professionals but also suitable to newcomers. You'll build a foundation in the strategic and operational aspects of the end-to-end supply chain and procurement functions.

Learn best practices to use in your current role and develop new contacts through networking opportunities in our career-focused acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate.

About the Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate

The acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate curriculum features projects sponsored by companies and clients, as well as case studies of real supply chain management issues, so what you learn can be applied immediately in the workplace. We also facilitate networking opportunities between you and employers, and we work with employers to actively recruit our students.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply the legal structure for public and private acquisition processes
  • Use technology effectively for establishing sustainable supply chains supporting product and service delivery
  • Apply knowledge of efficient contract management processes throughout the acquisition life cycle
  • Plan, conduct and manage negotiated procurements
  • Perform cost analysis preparations and understand all categories of costs, including profit
  • Apply strategic purchasing and logistics methodologies

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Serve as a supply chain manager in a simulation, analyzing critical supply chain problems by using a hands-on SCM Globe Simulation tool.

Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
  • ASCM 626
  • ASCM 627
  • ASCM 628
  • ASCM 629
  • ASCM 630

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMUC student.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMUC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master's degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master's requirements.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Business and Management Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

This club allows students to network and discuss their shared interests with one another and their faculty members, enabling them to learn more about the field.

Quality Assurance Recognition

NCMA logo

UMUC's graduate acquisition coursework is focused on the core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association. NCMA members can apply successfully completed 3-credit courses within UMUC's acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate and management master's degree specialization toward continuing professional education credits required for NCMA certification and recertification.



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