Procurement Department

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

It is our mission to ensure that Towson University’s procurements are conducted in a competitive, fair and open environment in full compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulations.

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.
  • Before purchasing anything, consider whether there are lower or no-cost options available to you, such as utilizing on-campus sources for furniture and computers before purchasing them new.
  • All purchase requisitions must be submitted with an Essential Purchase Approval Form. Grant-funded purchases are exempt from this requirement. Access the Essential Purchase Approval for purchases less than $20,000, the Essential Purchase Approval for purchases $20,000-$49,999, or the Essential Purchase Approval for purchases over $50,000.
  • All purchases of $20,000 or more require approval by the department/college’s associate vice president or dean, and purchases of $50,000 or more require approval by the divisional vice president or provost.
  • 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.

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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