Procurement Department

The Procurement Department purchases goods and services using best value practices while working collaboratively to meet the needs of customers.

In support of Towson University's mission, the Procurement Department will:

  • Establish and administer contracts effectively.
  • Procure goods and services for best value and in a timely manner.
  • Delegate procurement authority using the Purchasing Card Program to promote efficiency.
  • Support the State of Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise, Small Business and Veteran Business Programs as well as the Federal Small and Disadvantaged Business Programs.
  • Participate in campus sponsored community outreach.
  • Utilize technology to streamline business processes.
  • Ensure university business is conducted in a fair and open environment and in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. 

FY24 Requisitioning

Purchasing - How to Create a Requisition for FY24

For information on creating a requistion in the next fiscal year, see our how-to document (PDF).

Purchasing Guidelines

TU’s faculty and staff play an important role in maintaining our sound financial footing.  We ask you to do your part:

  • Limit purchases to those that are essential to our academic mission, health and safety, or essential business operations.
  • Some examples of essential purchases include critical learning tools for students, supplies necessary for the health and safety of the campus community, and purchases needed to implement legislative requirements.  

By finding creative solutions and taking a prudent approach to spending, we can all help TU stay strong.


Electronic Bid Board

For our electronic bid board, please visit Work with TU.

Stratus Financials is TU’s modern business platform and budget planning system.

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Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program

It is the goal of Towson University to afford MBEs, certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the opportunity to participate in all contracts. MBEs may participate either directly as the prime or indirectly through subcontracting opportunities. The university will attempt to achieve the result that a minimum of 29 percent of the total dollar value be made either directly or indirectly from Maryland-certified MBEs. MBE firms are encouraged to contact the university MBE/SBR Liaison at 410-704-2171or .

To find a minority business, you can visit the MDOT MBE directory. More information is available through the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs.

Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program

The SBR program, created in 2004, is a race-neutral program that allows small businesses to participate as direct, prime contractors on state contracts. The SBR certification process is part of the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) registration. SBR firms are encouraged to contact the university MBE/SBR Liaison at 410-704-2171 or .

Helpful Links

National Procurement Websites

USM Procurement Departments

State of Maryland Websites

Web Guides

Federal Websites