Government Contracting

Volume 1: 2022.2023

Effective 1 June 2022 through 31 May 2023

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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 specialists and contracting professionals.  The program emphasizes both theory and practice allowing students to learn contracting principles and use of the current tools in the profession. 

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. Email:

The U.S. Department of Education defines Gainful Employment program criteria and data requirements.  View this program's Gainful Employment Disclosures at to see important information about the education debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program. 


By successfully completing GCON 5110, GCON 5210, 5310, and 5410 (12 hours), students will have completed the required DAU-equivalent courses required for initial certification as a contracting specialist.  Students can then apply for agency-issued certification and obtain a Contracting Officer's warrant based on their experience or other agency-specific requirements from the agencies they work with. 

If students also successfully complete GCON 5700 and GCON 5900, for a total of 18 credit hours, they can obtain a Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting from Webster University as well as satisfy current Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) level 2 training certification criteria. 

  • GCON 5110 Contracting Management Fundamentals (3 hours)
  • GCON 5210 Contracting Analytics Management (3 hours)
  • GCON 5310 Contracting Pre-Award Management (3 hours)
  • GCON 5410 Contracting Post-Award Management (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