Buying Methods


The Department of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing manages the purchase of goods and services on behalf of the university. Procurement initiates and manages university contracts and helps campus customers understand all purchasing requirements.


Purchasing card

The Purchasing Card Program is the primary method for purchasing small dollar (up to $5,000) goods or services. This is a convenient method to make purchases, eliminating costs associated with initiating and paying through a purchase order. The VISA card is administered by US Bank under the State of Maryland’s Purchasing Card Program contract.

Shell Shop

Shell Shop is an eProcurement System that allows users to purchase goods and services from University suppliers. This website offers a similar experience as an online retail website with the advantage of showing approved vendors, contracts, products and pricing.

KFS Requisition

Requisition is an electronic document in the Kuali Financial System (KFS) that is used when goods or services need to be purchased. Requisitions should be used for large or complex purchases that need to be sent to the Department of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing for processing. Campus customers can enter a requisition by accessing KFS. 

Delegated Procurement

Departments are authorized to create purchase orders in the Kuali Financial System (KFS) for transactions meeting the following criteria:

  • Less than $25,000 for purchases excluded from the purchasing and travel cards when using non-sponsored funds
  • Less than $5,000 for purchases excluded from the purchasing and travel cards when using sponsored research funds
  • Vendor contract orders less than $50,000