About this Program

The Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement and Contract Management can provide knowledgeable individuals with excellent job opportunities and career growth. Whether you're a student choosing a career path or you're a manager who wants to expand your skillset and leverage procurement and contract management to achieve your strategic goals, this graduate certificate can help open new doors and opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on experience: Access to internships and other opportunities

  • Networking benefits: Interact meaningfully with your professors and other public procurement and contract management professionals

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities: Develop field-specific capabilities through applied practices and concepts

  • Managerial competencies in contracting: Engage critical thinking and analyses across all phases of the contract cycle

  • Strategic orientation of public procurement: Convince policymakers and senior managers that effective procurement can support an entity’s strategic goals

  • Procurement law and ethics: Acquire fundamental understanding of procurement and contracting legal and ethical principles

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Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers

$72,370 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of commercial, industrial, or residential real estate properties. Includes managers of homeowner and condominium associations, rented or leased housing units, buildings, or land (including rights-of-way).

Purchasing Managers

$121,810 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$71,450 Median Salary

Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

Compliance Officers

$71,540 Median Salary

Examine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility for or conformity with laws and regulations governing contract compliance of licenses and permits, and perform other compliance and enforcement inspection and analysis activities not classified elsewhere.

Alumni Careers

City of Newport News, VA.
City of Chesapeake, VA.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic
AT&T Corporation
The New York Times


What are the requirements to apply for Public Procurement & Contract Management at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Public Procurement & Contract Management should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

Certificate applicants enroll as Non-Degree Graduate Students thru the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website. Applicants may also simultaneously apply to the Graduate Certificate program and the Master of Public Administration, or the Master of Business Administration.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid