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Design, Negotiate and Support Legally Binding Agreements
Next start date:
October 5, 2020
Contracts are the linchpin of most business transactions. Once two entities enter into an agreement, it can have far-reaching consequences for both sides. Government agencies, nonprofits and commercial enterprises of all sizes rely on contract management professionals to ensure their contracts serve their business objectives and are responsible, sustainable and bulletproof.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll acquire the skills and learn the strategies to effectively develop, negotiate and manage contracts and contracting relationships. We’ll examine the legal, business and financial aspects of contracts and explore how they are designed and modified. Become a contracts expert and propel your career.
Professionals who create or manage contracts and want to advance in the contract management field, and practitioners of associated business functions like procurement, supply chain and sales.
To apply, you must have:
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Because this offering is 100 percent online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
For the Negotiation course in spring 2021, students must attend at least 80 percent of class meetings rather than the standard 60 percent for successful completion.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Contract Law & Contract Management
Contracting for Goods & Services
Certificate in Contract Management & Negotiation
Approved by the UW Foster School of Business.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Hank Barr, CFPIM, CSCP, CPM, CSCM, Six Sigma Black Belt, CLT, Director of Education, APICS Puget Sound Chapter
Gregory Cody, Senior Group Manager, Technology Sourcing, The Walt Disney Company.
Richel Falk, CPM, IT Sourcing & Supply Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company
John Fogerty, Director of Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management, Precor, Inc.
Brent Frimodig, Senior Procurement Engagement Manager, Microsoft
Vincent Heslop, Senior Director Supply Chain Management, Allyis
Dustin Kertz, Director of Sourcing and Procurement, Dendreon
Joe Kurian, B. Comm, ACA, CEO, Business Concepts & Solutions
Frank Leyritz, C.P.M., Diverse Minority Supplier Development Lead, Consulting Buyer, Puget Sound Energy
John Thomas Lowdon, Senior Contracts Managements, UW Purchasing, Treasurer, NAPM-WW
Donna Kay Martin, Senior Contracts Manager, Project Manager, Facebook
Jarrett Payne, Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Boeing
Jennifer L. Peary, Sr. Contracts Specialist – Procurement Professional, Sound Transit, Seattle
Taunia Penrose, Manufacturing Soluble, Starbucks
Piyu Roy, Program Manager, International & Academic Programs, UW Continuum College
Matt Senechal, Senior Corporate Counsel, F5 Networks, Inc.
Drew Shelby, Lead Negotiator Supply Chain Contracts and Sourcing, Boeing
Janette Stockert, Contract Administrator Supervisor, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
Join an upcoming information session to learn more about the program, curriculum and instructors.
“The UW program gave me a lot of connections, which is very useful. It’s given me a powerful voice in the industry.”
Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »
Senior Contracting Officer, Defense Contract Management Agency
Partner, Wiener & Lambka
Partner, Miller Nash LLP
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