Program at a Glance
- Online and On Campus
- Part-Time Study
- 16 Credits
- 8 Months to Completion
- 9 Core Faculty
- No GRE/GMAT
- Tuition & Fees—Part-Time Study*: $15,400
*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.
Prepare for Project Management Careers
Offered online and on campus, the Graduate Certificate in Project Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) offers proven practices and innovative techniques sought after in multinational industries such as telecom, construction, energy, IT, aerospace and defense, finance, and healthcare. Regardless of your major or area of focus, project management is an increasingly important and sought-after competency. According to the 2017 Project Management Institute (PMI®) report Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027, the project management-oriented labor force in seven project-oriented sectors is expected to grow by 33 percent, or nearly 22 million new jobs, through 2027.
Even as the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic forces organizations across the board to re-evaluate business-as-usual and adjust to new protocols and strategies, project managers will be essential to guiding transformative change. “The whole world is thinking about how we can do things differently as we move forward. Part of this includes the rise of the project manager or change maker. As the world starts reigniting itself, project managers will be the ones to turn ideas into reality,” says Sunil Prashara, president and CEO of PMI.1
Ideal for project managers, systems analysts, designers, programmers, research managers, and others engaged in the administration of technical projects, the BU MET Project Management certificate will help you advance and succeed more readily in a variety of professional settings and can serve as a stepping-stone towards a master’s degree. Under the guidance of distinguished faculty and alongside motivated professionals, you will master the tools and techniques to help you deliver solutions on time and within budget—and to achieve the career advancement you seek in today’s competitive project management environment. BU MET’s Project Management graduate certificate program offers an opportunity to examine detailed case studies, conduct project simulations, and gain both theoretical and practical expertise in:
- Project planning and control
- Project management life cycle
- Methodologies of effective leadership and motivation
- Essential project management tools and techniques
- Cost-management and risk management
- Project quality management and procurement management
You can also opt to take intensive Project Management Professional (PMP®) and PMI-ACP® exam preparation courses. Those who already hold PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course.
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“What stands out about the Project Management program at Metropolitan College is the quality of the professors, educators, and administrative staff—as well as the leadership. This superior group of project management professionals brings their world to our world in class. Both students and faculty enriched the learning environment with cultural and professional exchanges related to our respective careers. The course of study was precisely what I needed to earn PMP® certification.”—Jim Ryan (MET’10)
Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management at BU?
- Recognized & Certified: The Project Management graduate certificate shares courses with the MS in Project Management, which is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
- PMI® Exam Prep: BU MET’s optional, complimentary Project Management Professional (PMP®) and PMI-ACP® exam preparation courses are ideal for those who seek to pursue PMP® certification. Those who already hold PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course. The project management curriculum also prepares you for success on the exams leading to the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) designation.
- Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Project Management program focuses on practical, hands-on education, combining graduate-level theory with the core competencies and skills that underlie the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification—education you can apply on the job.
- Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Project Management program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as mega-projects, earned-value analysis, improvisation, risk management, project governance, cost estimation, enterprise architecture, IT projects, and agile project management.
- Complimentary Project Management Labs: Two self-paced laboratories offer access to advanced tools and provide opportunities to hone project management skills and technological proficiency using case studies.
- Extensive Network: Study principles of project management alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable business contacts, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
- Project Management Student Club: Advance your practical knowledge of project management in fun and interesting ways with opportunities for individual leadership and group development through activities and real projects.
- 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
- Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
- Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
- Track Record: Learn from the best—since 2014, BU MET’s part-time master’s programs in business and management have been ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Advance Your Skills in Project Management
The Graduate Certificate in Project Management and the MS in Project Management (MSPM), which is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), are available through the Department of Administrative Sciences, which offers a variety of evening and online degrees and certificates to help you remain competitive in business and management and rise to the top of your field. Focusing on providing industry-specific programs that are innovative, scholarly, challenging, interdisciplinary, and practically focused, our mission is to produce critical and innovative thinkers—broad in perspective, international in attitude, skilled in communications—who are competent, capable, and comfortable in their ability to make strategic decisions either alone or in teams, and practiced in using the tools necessary to compete in their specialization. We prepare students to succeed in a global environment, within a professional and ethical framework.
Graduate with Project Management Expertise
Metropolitan College’s Project Management graduate certificate will equip you with:
- Proficiency in developing a project management life cycle.
- Proficiency in all basic project management tools and techniques, with an emphasis on 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.
Access to Self-Paced Project Management Laboratories
As a student in BU MET’s Project Management program, you have free access to hands-on, noncredit preparatory laboratories offered through the Department of Administrative Sciences. Our self-paced laboratories (SPLs) are organized in two levels:
- Project Management Essentials (PM 100) provides a foundation in basic project management concepts aligned with the latest project management standard—the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition—using a threaded, Boston-flavored, sustainability-oriented example case study. The lab introduces Microsoft Project Professional, as well as key Microsoft Excel add-ins for later use in project, program, and/or portfolio management.
- Introduction to Project, Program, and Portfolio Management (PM 200) is an opportunity to master Microsoft PPM and make further progress in your journey as you transition from projects to programs and portfolios.
BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Project Management shares specific courses with the MS in Project Management. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with a graduate admissions advisor to learn more about these options.
At BU MET, we recognize the importance of maintaining advisory boards that will provide an important link between industry, students, and faculty with the goal of improving the quality and relevance of our programs. The main goal of the Project Management Advisory Board is to establish a link between industry and BU MET students and faculty. Our advisory board is composed of a diverse mix of practitioners who currently represent a cross section of the industry.
Graduate Certificate in Project Management Curriculum
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET AD 642 Project Management
The course explores modern project management by providing an enterprise- level, experiential view of the discipline focused on connecting projects to the organization's mission, vision, and values. The theme of the course is applying key project management tools and techniques, through case-based group work, which will help students identify, analyze, and develop practical proposals to real-world issues. Groups select, plan, report, and then present on their project's scope, schedule, cost, risk, quality, and communications elements using tools such as the WBS, network diagram, PERT estimate, Gantt chart (including the use of MS Project), risk register, and heat map. Students also gain familiarity with important new concepts in project management: Agile frameworks, actionable sustainability thinking, and Benefits Realization Management, all of which will be important for their success not only in other graduate courses, but as they lead projects for their organizations so as to provide lasting, triple-bottom-line value. The course is aligned with the latest PMBOK? Guide from the Project Management Institute. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|SA1||IND||Keegan||MET 101||MW||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|SA2||IND||Cipriano||PSY B55||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|SB1||IND||Keegan||MET 122||TR||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Kanabar||CAS 426||M||9:05 am – 11:50 am|
|A2||IND||Cipriano||STH B22||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Maltzman||CAS 324||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Keegan||SOC B63||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A5||IND||Wong||PSY B53||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A6||IND||Keegan||CAS 218||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
MET AD 643 Project Communications and Leadership
This course examines the increasing importance of leadership and communications in projects. Since project outcomes and the delivery of value are accomplished through teams of people, the course aims to improve the capability of a project manager to become a project leader and to excel at motivating and inspiring their teams. Students begin by gaining a better understanding of their own social, leadership, and communications styles. Self-awareness is key to the course. We investigate motivation, conflict management, negotiation skills, and the Agile principles of stewardship and servant leadership. Grounded in the use of tools, the course will provide students with templates to enhance team collaboration and communication. The course also addresses more contemporary issues in PM, including resolving ambiguity and complexity, the use of improvised working styles, sustainable PM, and issues around power and politics within the project. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|SA1||IND||Maltzman||MET 101||TR||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|SB1||IND||Arruda||SOC B63||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Arruda||CGS 515||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Maltzman||PSY B55||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
And two additional courses chosen from the following*:
MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
Prereq: MET PM100
This course introduces students to macro and micro approaches to project cost estimation. Case studies of both pre-project and in- process estimating examine some of the more common perils of human irrationality associated with project estimation to help develop more sensible, achievable project outcomes. Students learn how to manage both project cost and schedule objectives throughout their projects using the Earned Value and Earned Schedule Measurement Systems. Students then study risk management through an examination of both individual and overall project risk and apply their learnings using advanced risk management software in an actual case study. Students also study project quality management, procurement/contract management, and project ethics and professional conduct using case study scenarios. [ 4 cr. ]
|SA1||IND||Osagiede||HAR 240||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Osagiede||KCB 104||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 646 Portfolio and Program Management
Prereq PM 100, PM200
The course focuses on the relationship among portfolios, programs, and projects, and the important strategic objectives of each endeavor. The course is designed to assist students in developing a program management framework, policy, and organizational structure. Students will develop skills and techniques for chartering constituent projects, directing and managing program execution, and managing the program team and stakeholders. The global legal, economic, cultural, and political environments in which projects operate will be contrasted, and mechanisms for resolving conflicts will be addressed. [ 4 cr. ]
|SB1||IND||Friday||MCS B31||TR||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Osagiede||PHO 201||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 647 Project and Program Governance
Prereq: MET AD642
This is a comprehensive course on project and program monitoring, evaluation, and governance. Students will also understand enterprise wide-project interdependencies and determine the optimal pacing for a program to enable appropriate planning, scheduling, executing, monitoring, and controlling of the projects within a program in the future. It covers governance and evaluation methods that will be useful at various levels of large projects, including government and nonprofit organizations. This course will help project and program managers, analysts, consultants, educators, and managers in government, nonprofit, and private institutions to assess program results and identify ways to improve program performance. Other topics include: evaluation for small nonprofit organizations; assessing and improving planning, implementation and effectiveness; governance methodology and models; using evaluation tools and applications to assess factors linking projects under one program and provide the best allotment of resources between those projects; monitor complex, multi-project programs, and drill into current project details; enable collaboration and stakeholder alignment throughout a project life-cycle. Other topics include: creating a transparent and accountable organization with well-defined roles and one that is based on transparency, resource allocation and decision making and enterprise project management. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Greiman||CAS 204A||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 649 Agile Project Management
Prereq: MET PM100
The course provides an understanding of how new Agile principles and practices are changing the landscape of project management. The course is designed to give project managers fresh new insight into how to successfully blend Agile and traditional project management principles and practices in the right proportions to fit any business and project situation. The course provides a deep understanding of Agile project management principles and practices in order to see them as complementary rather than competitive to traditional project management. Topics include: Agile fundamentals, principles, and practices; roots of Agile in TQM and Lean Manufacturing; adapting an Agile approach to fit a business environment; planning and managing an enterprise- level Agile transformation; scaling agile to an enterprise level using enterprise-level Agile frameworks and Agile Project Management tools. 4cr. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Hannon||CGS 515||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
*Or any approved IT Project Management course from the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science.
Project Management Faculty
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Administrative Sciences Director, Project Management
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- Carl Belack
- Pamela Campbell
- Mike Cipriano
- Jim Hannon
- Gerry Keegan
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