Government Contracting

Volume 1: 2021.2022

Effective 1 June 2021 through 31 May 2022

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Graduate Certificate
18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. It is available online and at select U.S. campuses, but is not available at the St. Louis home campus. Please see the Campus Locations and Offerings section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

The graduate certificate in government contracting is designed for contracting practitioners new to government contracting who want to enhance their skills and understanding of contracting acquisition management. The program emphasizes both theory and practice, allowing students to learn the underlying principles and use of the current tools in the field.

Webster University, in a strategic partnership with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), provides classes for Department of Defense (DoD) workers in the Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics workforce. For important information regarding the certificate in government contracting program equivalencies with DAU CON courses, visit the Webster/DAU Partnership website.

For additional details, please contact the Office of Admission.


The curriculum requires 18 credit hours of specialized courses in contracting, acquisitions management, pricing, negotiations and procurement law. These government contracting certificate courses are equivalent to certain Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses and can be used to meet the educational certification requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).

Specifically, the 18 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in government contracting must include the following courses:

  • GCON 5000 Fundamentals of Government Contracting (3 hours)
  • GCON 5100 Government Contracting Life Cycle (3 hours)
  • GCON 5300 Business Decisions for Government Contracting (3 hours)
  • GCON 5500 Decision Making in Government Contracting (3 hours)
  • GCON 5700 Sources Selection and Administration of Government Contracts (3 hours)
  • GCON 5900 Negotiation and Administration of Contracts (3 hours)


See the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution electronically to If this service is not available, send transcripts to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119