Project Management Graduate Certificate

As the marketplace becomes more global—and more competitive—businesses must be poised to confront increasing logistical complexities, technological advances, and unpredictable changes.

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management delivers comprehensive knowledge of essential techniques for successful, cost-effective management of both large- and small-scale projects. Under the guidance of distinguished faculty, you will examine detailed case studies, conduct project simulations, and gain both theoretical and practical expertise that will prepare you for a wide variety of project-management-related careers.

Important areas of study include project management tools as well as the management skills of team building and communication, risk and financial management, continuity management, negotiation skills, and an understanding of issues—such as outsourcing, culture, and virtual project management—that affect the international project management environment. Upon completion, students will have gained excellent preparation for the PMP® exam as well as other international project management certifications to include IPMA and IT Project + certification.

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

  • Proficiency in developing a project management life cycle.
  • Proficiency in all basic project management tools and techniques, with an emphasis in communications, risk analysis, cost estimation and budgeting, and quality control.
  • Knowledge of tools for project scheduling, templates for project management and communication, and techniques to measure cost variance, schedule variance, and earned value.

Program Options

Available on campus and in the following formats:

Transfer of Credits to Degree Programs

Individuals considering using graduate certificate courses toward the Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS), the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS), or the Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) must:

  • Apply to the MSAS, MSCIS, or MSPM program prior to completing two courses
  • Recognize that grades earned in certificate courses will not be used in the admission decision process
  • Meet the department’s academic admission requirements

The MSCIS and MSPM programs are accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs. PMI® is the leading membership association for the project management profession. For more information, visit www.pmi.org

Program Requirements—On Campus

Prerequisites

Prior to starting a certificate course, students are required to submit a certificate application and evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited institution. Students must also complete MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management, or pass a waiver exam.

A 3.0 GPA is required for certificate award, and no course with a grade below B- may be credited toward the certificate.

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET AD 642 Project Management
Sprg ‘15

The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Greiman FLR 134 M 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
B1 IND Cipriano CAS 203 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C1 IND Keegan CAS 208 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D1 IND Keegan FLR 121 R 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
OL IND Bernardin ARR
BHA IND Reichel S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
BNR IND Kieffer U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
Sprg ‘15

To succeed in project management, you must be a strong leader and an effective communicator. This course examines the current philosophies of leadership as applied to project management and identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Through case studies and various exercises, you will develop enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Bernardin CAS 222 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Leybourne ARR
MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
Sprg ‘15

This course introduces the art and science of project risk as well as continuity management and cost management. Managing the risk of a project as it relates to a three-part systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding is examined through actual case studies. Students learn how to manage the components of a project to assure it can be completed through both general and severe business disruptions on local, national, and international levels. Students learn the process of cost management, early cost estimation, detailed cost estimation, and cost control using earned value method. Students study in depth the issues of project procurement management and the different types of contracts for various scope scenarios.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Warburton MET B02B W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Torres ARR
BHH IND Watson S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET AD 646 Program Management
Sprg ‘15

Programs and projects deliver benefits to organizations by enhancing current capabilities or developing new capabilities for the organization to use. This course will provide a detailed understanding of program management and will present concepts that promote efficient and effective communication and coordination among various groups. Students will understand PMI® program management processes and use tools that automate and enforce processes for managing scope changes, risk, quality, issues, schedules, resources, releases, and costs. You will learn how to design a program and manage program costs, risk, and communication within the context of Project Portfolios. This course is targeted to senior executives, portfolio managers, program managers and their team members, members of a PMO, customers/stakeholders, educators, and consultants. This course introduces processes and knowledge areas from three new PMI standards: Program Management standard, OPM3, and Portfolio Management.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
OL IND Greiman ARR

Program Requirements—Online

Program requirements for the online Project Management Graduate Certificate can be viewed here.

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