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.
Project Management Certification Preparation
Upon completion, students will have gained excellent preparation for the Project Management Professional PMP® certification 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.
Students who already have PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course.
Graduate Certificate in Project Management Program Options
Available on campus and in the following formats:
Prior to starting a certificate program, students are required to submit a graduate application and an official transcript conferring a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or the international equivalent). Students must be admitted into a certificate program prior to taking courses, in order for those courses to be credited toward the certificate.
For application materials, visit the MET Admissions page.
A 3.0 GPA is required for certificate award, and no course with a grade below B- may be credited toward the certificate. 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
(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. 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, 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. The course is aligned with the latest PMBOK? Guide from the Project Management Institute. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Greiman||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A3||IND||Greiman||CAS 315||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Kanabar||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A5||IND||Maltzman||CAS 233||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
This course examines the behavioral aspects of working effectively in the project domain. We examine current philosophies of work around enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills, and the ability to organize, manage, and to produce efficient delivery from teams. Good leadership is an important element when applied to project management, and this course identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution that leaders can use. 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. ]
|A1||IND||Leybourne||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|BHA||IND||Staff||U||8:30 am – 4:00 pm|
And two additional courses chosen from the following*:
Prereq: MET AD642 Prereq: MET AD642 Prereq: MET AD642 Prereq: MET AD642
MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
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. ]
6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
MET AD 646 Portfolio and Program Management
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. ]
6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
MET AD 647 Project and Program Governance
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. ]
MET AD 649 Agile Project Management
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. ]
6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
*Or any approved IT Project Management course from the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science.
Prereq: MET AD642
Prereq: MET AD642
Prereq: MET AD642
Prereq: MET AD642
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