Contract Management Education Award

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The Contract Management Education Award is designed to recognize colleges and universities whose contract management curriculum exemplifies a standard of excellence and promotes the competencies outlined in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge


Eligible colleges and universities are defined as:

  • Degree granting
  • Accredited either regionally or by the Distance Education Accreditation Council (DEAC)
  • Provides an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or graduate level certificate in contract management, acquisition, or procurement.
  • Previous winners may reapply every three years. If a college/university wins in only one category, it may apply for the other two categories the following year.


The award will be presented at one of NCMA live events or at the college/university. The winner will be responsible for paying for any travel costs associated with receiving the award. The winner will receive:

  • Plaque
  • Recognition in the Contract Management Magazine
  • Complimentary edition of current Journal of Contract Management

A winner will be selected for each category (graduate, undergraduate, and graduate certificate).


Colleges and universities may self-nominate. Individual members or nonmembers may also nominate a school or university. Nominations should be submitted electronically to

Evaluation Process

The list of nominations received will be compiled by the National Office, and sent to a review team for evaluation. Nominees will only be evaluated against other nominees in their respective category.

Evaluation Criteria

Colleges and universities will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. What are the minimum requirements for a student to obtain the degree/certificate?
  2. How does your college/university promote the contract management profession to its students?
  3. Describe how your program’s courses fit into the standard competencies as outlined in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge?
  4. How do the courses in your program impact the students’ understanding of contract management?