Federal Acquisitions Management

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is pleased to offer the Certificate in Public Finance and Acquisitions.  The federal government is the world's largest single buyer of goods and services, spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually.  As the nation faces unprecedented budgetary pressures, the need to acquire these goods and services efficiently and effectively has never been greater.  New leaders and managers who can deliver better acquisition outcomes to support such areas as military operations, homeland security, the provision of health care, and response to natural disasters, are desperately needed.  Today, thousands of new acquisition management employees are now being hired.

The Certificate in Public Finance and Acquisitions consists of six courses (18 graduate credits) in which core subjects in such areas as leadership and management; finance; and ethics; are taught alongside acquisition management, federal government contracting; and pricing.  To earn a certificate, students may take the following courses.

  •  Managing Public Organizations
  •  Leading and Motivating People
  •  Financial Information for Managers
  •  Federal Acquisition: Concepts and Management
  •  Government Contracting and Pricing
  •  Current Issues in Federal Acquisition

For additional program details including dates, tuition, or application, please contact:

Michael Goodhart