Basic Contract Management Certificate

Certificate #238

Starts: Quarterly

Program Area: Defense Systems Management

POC: Program Support

Modality: Distance Learning


The Basic Contract Management Certificate is a graduate academic certificate program available to NPS resident and distance learning students. Designed for students interested in basic concepts of Contract Management. This certificate supports continuous acquisition reform initiatives mandated by Congress and senior leaders and also supports initiatives to educate operational warfighters in the business of contract management. The certificate contributes to Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in the Contract Management career field.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 MN3303
Quarter 2 MN3315
Quarter 3
  • MN3320
  • MN3321

Requirements for Entry

  • Baccalaureate degree defined in section 4.2 of the Academic Council policy manual

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn:

  • Principles and concepts of contract management and the contracting life cycle phases and how they are applied in the federal government and the DoD.
  • Application of contract pricing theory and strategies, to include costing methods, cost and price analysis, cost principles, and Cost Accounting Standards.
  • Contract management functions and decision-making techniques in the preaward, award, and post award contracting phases, to include both buyer and seller processes and job tasks.
  • Application of the art and science of developing and conducting comprehensive government contract negotiations, with an emphasis on cost and price analytical techniques.

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

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Other Information

Requirements for the Basic Contract Management Certificate are met by successful completion of the four courses and graduate credit is obtained by maintenance of 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.