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Defense Acquisition University

Authorized by Congress under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act of 1990 and established by Department of Defense Directive 5000.57 on October 22, 1991, the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is a best-in-class corporate university supporting the Department of Defense's Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics workforce. DAU's mission is to: Provide a global learning environment to develop qualified acquisition, requirements, and contingency professionals who deliver and sustain effective and affordable warfighting capabilities. With over 600 faculty staff, spread out among five regional campuses, the Defense Systems Management College and the College of Contract Management, DAU touches every member of the Defense Acquisition Workforce throughout all professional career stages. The University provides a full range of basic, intermediate, and advanced certification training; assignment-specific training; mission assistance; continuous learning; and job-relevant applied research. The University also fosters professional development through consulting efforts, rapid deployment training on emerging acquisition initiatives, and online knowledge-sharing tools. DAU is accredited by the Commission on the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and is an approved provider for the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Defense Acquisition University, (Attn: FLD Dir, Academic Programs), 9820 Belvoir Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060, email:

Source of Official Student Records:   All student records are centrally maintained by DAU. Students may download an unofficial or request an official transcript from the secure site noted above.
Retake Policy:   DAU does not assign letter grades for course completions. Students must meet prescribed mastery standards to successfully complete a DAU course. For On-Line Training (OLT) courses, the mastery is standard is scoring 80% on each online assessment. Students have three (3) opportunities for achieving 80% on any given exam. These assessments are criterion reference tests, typically more than one for each course. Students failing to meet Mastery Standards for OLT courses are required to restart the course from the beginning. For Instructor Led (ILT), this includes virtual (VILT) courses, the mastery standard is achieving an aggregate score of 80% or higher on the cumulative assessments and/or required coursework. Students failing to meet Mastery Standards for ILT courses are dropped as a failure and may be re-enrolled.


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