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Contract Management


UCI Division of Continuing Education's Contract Management Certificate Program focuses on core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association. Coursework addresses the most up-to-date information available in the procurement and contracting fields – whether commercial, government or international. Students will develop a solid understanding of the contracting process and key elements of procurement and acquisition, including contract formation, negotiation, financial analysis and risk management. Students will also explore new business areas such as global outsourcing, international contracting, doing business with the federal government and building strategic alliances.

“Managing over 400 vendors for a $9B financial institution, vendor contracts are a big part of my responsibilities. I gained immediate knowledge that I could use in my job and found several textbooks I have been able to utilize as reference tools at work. The classes were a great opportunity to network with instructors and other contract professionals.” Phyllis Lindley
Program Graduate

Who Should Enroll

  • Those working in large or small organizations, government and commercial entities, or as entrepreneurs
  • Contract administrators, subcontractors, procurement managers, project managers, quality assurance personnel, and others looking to advance their career
  • Engineering, law, business, paralegal professionals and others wishing to enter this field

Career Insight

Occupational summary for managers. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $183k)

Program Benefits

  • Gain an understanding of the contract life cycle, subcontracting, outsourcing, developing strategic alliances, negotiation, financial analysis, and implementation
  • Explore the components and processes of commercial and government contracting
  • Expand your awareness of the legal, risk, and ethical issues related to contracting and procurement
  • Understand and explain the foundational competencies and subject matter competencies of the National Contract Management Association's (NCMA) Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), 5th Edition
  • Courses may qualify for employer tuition reimbursement programs
Jeannine Ford shares how this program helped her to refresh her skills to move forward in her career.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

MGMT X407.1
Principles of Business Contracts (3.00 Units)
MGMT X407.1
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X407.2
Financial Aspects of Business Contracts (3.00 Units)
MGMT X407.2
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X407.3
Contract Formation (3.00 Units)
MGMT X407.3
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X407.4
Contract Performance (3.00 Units)
MGMT X407.4
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X407.5
Contract Negotiation (3.00 Units)
MGMT X407.5
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X407.10
Ethics in Contracting (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X407.10
Online   to be scheduled  

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20 Apr 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28 Jun 20
Courses End* (week of) Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6 Sep 6
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30 Jul 4, Sep 5

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of six required courses with a grade of “C” or better for a total of 16 units (160 hours) of instruction. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

National Contract Management Association (NCMA) presents this video on how Contract Management offers a wide array of career paths.

Continuing Education Credit

  • Earn CPE credit towards NCMA certification and recertification with this program
  • Earn 28 hours of continuing education (for each 3-unit course) that may be applied toward Institute for Supply Management (ISM) CPSM recertification, CPSD recertification, C.P.M. recertification, and/or A.P.P. reaccreditation program requirements. Note: ISM does not endorse, certify or sponsor this program or its content
  • Many of our other programs qualify as CPE credit. Please call (949) 824-4598.

Advance Your Legal Education

Through our articulation agreement with Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, graduates of UCI's Contract Management program are eligible for educational benefits and significant tuition reductions in the following programs:

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On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

Contract Management Career and Program Information Webinar
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Strengthening the Contracting Industry to Withstand Future Uncertainty: COVID-19 and Beyond
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