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DAU/GW/TwentyEighty Strategy Execution Joint Master’s Certificates in Project and Contract Management for Department of Defense Employees

Leverage DAWIA Certification for an Accelerated Path to a George Washington University Master’s Certificate

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has teamed up with The George Washington University (GW) and TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, the industry leader in project and contract management training, to offer training for DAU students. Through this dynamic partnership, students who have earned a Level 1, 2 or 3 Certification in one of the 14 career fields ( may apply their certifications to shorten the path to earning a master's certificate from The George Washington University.

The two joint master's certificates offered through this strategic partnership are:

  • Master’s Certificate in Project Management
  • Master’s Certificate Contract Management

Both programs provide comprehensive education and enable students to gain essential knowledge and skills that can help ensure successful project or contract management specific to the defense sector. This joint program was established to enhance the existing DAU curriculum and provide defense personnel another venue for professional development.

This program will help you:

  • Build your talent and drive your agency results.
  • Prove your experience level and achieve DAUAA training requirements.
  • Get GW Professional Master’s Certificate and earn academic credits toward GW University degree.
  • Reduce your organization’s training and development costs.
Through this strategic partnership, learners also have access to more than 100 courses offered by TwentyEighty Strategy Execution in the areas of project and contract management, business analysis, and business skills. These courses help improve job performance and provide students with the additional skills and knowledge needed to advance their careers.

Obtaining these Master’s Certificates highlights your expertise and allows you to add credentials after your name:

These certifications are recognized credentials that acknowledge and reward individual achievement while adding authority to your organization’s strategic learning initiatives. Additionally, recipients of the Master's Certificate in Project Management may receive advanced academic standing for up to 3 "non-core" courses, for a total of up to 9 credits toward The George Washington University Master’s Degree in Project Management.

Our DAU-authorized courses prepare individuals for the certification programs under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). To earn a Master’s Certificate, you must successfully complete all courses for each program within four years. For each of the 14 DAU career fields and levels, we’ve developed a specialized certification track. Detailed descriptions of each track are presented in this catalog.

For course descriptions, please refer to our detailed Training Catalog for Government Organizations.

Department of Defense Students about TwentyEighty Strategy Execution Training:

“The most valuable and applicable material I gained from this class involves building skills to organize and break projects down into manageable pieces.”

“Our organization is having many problems with leadership, and the instructor provided us many useful tips on how to better communicate our desires to management, etc.”

“The visual tools will be helpful in my job when we try to identify what the problems are for our audits. I will definitely use the fish bone diagram and flow charts in my future audits.”

“This will become a part of my daily process in all walks of life, personal and professional.”

"This course helped me gain a better understanding of the basic concepts of auditing when it comes to risk management.”


For your convenience, we put all the information about the Joint Certificate in a PDF file: DAU/GW/TwentyEighty Certificate Tracks Catalog. Please feel free to download it, so that you could use it as a  future reference or share it with your colleagues in an electronic or a printed format.


Courses can be attended through your agency's onsite training programs delivered by TwentyEighty Strategy Execution or through our public course offerings. You may register online or by phone by calling +1 703.558.3000. Be sure to identify yourself as a DAU student to receive your discount.

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