IT Project Management Graduate Certificate

It is important to be informed of new and improved project management tools and techniques in today’s competitive market, where only the best project managers will succeed in completing assignments in a timely, cost-effective, and quality-conscious manner. Project managers, systems analysts, designers, programmers, research managers, and others engaged in the administration of technical projects will find this graduate certificate valuable. After completing this program, students will be able to pursue Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification, if they wish to do so, and take an optional PMP preparation course.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of the following project management process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing; knowledge of agile software development practices, and planning and governance of large projects and programs.
  • Proficiency in all basic project management tools and software techniques, including software architecture, project communications, risk analysis, cost estimation and budgeting, and quality control; proficiency in planning and developing a comprehensive project plan and software development life cycle.
  • Competence sufficient to oversee the architecture, design, and implementation of software systems.

Program Options

Available on campus and in the following formats:

  • Online
  • Blended: By combining the convenience of online study and the dynamic of face-to-face learning, the blended format provides added flexibility and new avenues of opportunity for those with demanding schedules. Each course for the Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management  combines online study with four on-campus Saturday meetings per semester.

Prerequisite courses or evidence of proficiency in these areas must accompany the application to the program. If college-level credit courses are not in evidence, the department will determine what prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the graduate certificate requirements. Students claiming equivalent proficiency in prerequisite courses from non-academic sources must take an examination to demonstrate such proficiency.

Official transcripts of previous academic work, two letters of recommendation, personal statement and résumé are required as part of the application.

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College prior to acceptance into the program may be applied toward the certificate.

Minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate certificate program is C (2.0), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and satisfy the certificate requirements.

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Academic credits earned toward the Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management may be transferred toward the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, which is accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center.

Prerequisites

Any bachelor’s degree and programming experience equivalent to MET CS 231 Introduction to Computer Science for Programmers with C++ or MET CS 232 Introduction to Computer Science with Java, or consent of the instructor. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of software project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling software projects. There is substantial focus on software cost estimation and software risk management. Students will obtain practical project management skills and competencies related to the definition of a software project, establishment of project communications, managing project changes, and managing distributed software teams and projects.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND FLR 264 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND FLR 264 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR

Many of today's software systems are developed by geographically distributed teams. The course examines software engineering in this context, from the project and program management perspective. The term project consists of in-process submissions that are thoroughly reviewed, including among peers, together with a working system prototype. No programming background is required. Prereq: MET CS 520 or MET CS 521, and MET CS 682. Or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND FLR 264 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND FLR 264 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of agile software development. Students learn techniques for initiating, planning and executing on software development projects using agile methodologies. Students will obtain practical knowledge of agile development frameworks and be able to distinguish between agile and traditional project management methodologies. Students will learn how to apply agile tools and techniques in the software development lifecycle from project ideation to deployment, including establishing an agile team environment, roles and responsibilities, communication and reporting methods, and embracing change. We also leverage the guidelines outlined by the Project Management Institute for agile project development as a framework in this course.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND ARR

This course builds upon the strong technical foundation of our MSCIS and MSCS curricula, by providing students with the CIO-level management perspective and skills of an enterprise architect, in the context of the technologies that implement those architectures. Our Ross, Weil, and Robertson text provides much of the management content of the course, and the online and classroom content provide both management and technical skills. Students learn that enterprise architectures are best developed incrementally, by system development projects that are aligned with strategic goals and the enterprise architecture. The online content therefore includes many real enterprise system development case studies, showing how these enterprise systems contributed to and helped define the overall enterprise architecture. The course also includes a number of realistic enterprise architecture assignments and an incremental term project with components spanning the course, to provide students with hands on enterprise architecture experience. The course provides students with the understanding and skills needed to define and implement successful enterprise architectures that provide real value to organizations, such as substantially reducing IT costs while improving performance, agility and alignment of information technology to business goals. Prereq: MET CS 682. Or strategic IT experience. Or instructor's consent. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND FLR 264 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND FLR 264 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR

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