Defense Acquisition University

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and University Maryland University College (UMUC) have established a strategic alliance agreement. Under this agreement, current and former DAU students will be able to earn a host of undergraduate and graduate certificates and degrees at UMUC to help meet DAU workforce requirements.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

The strategic alliance designates UMUC degrees and certificates that will help meet mandatory Acquisition Corps education standards in a large number of the career fields. These include:

Most of these certificates and degrees are available online. In addition UMUC has a number of locations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and offers courses and student services throughout the world at more than 150 locations.

Transferring Credits

UMUC grants credit for study completed with the Defense Acquisition University on the basis of the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) as they apply to the degree or the certificate the student pursues. In addition to DAU courses, each student brings a unique set of learning experiences that needs to be considered in determining the total number of credits a student can transfer to a program of study at UMUC.

At the undergraduate level students can transfer up to half of the credits needed for a certificate and up to 90 semester hours towards a bachelor's degree. The credits must have been earned at a regionally accredited two-year or four-year institution, or other combined sources including credit by examination, military service, and ACE-recommended training that includes DAU courses. The credits must transfer within the rules of UMUC and must fit in the specific program of study. Additional information on undergraduate credit transfer policies can be found at Special Credit Options.

At the graduate level UMUC’s regular policy is to accept up to six credits for transfer provided that they correspond to courses in the program. There are some special programs with DoD institutions, such as the Information Resources Management College and the Joint Forces Staff College of the National Defense University (NDU), where UMUC will take up to 15 graduate semester credit hours. Links to details of these programs can be found at Military Programs.