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:

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

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

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 Keegan CAS 227 M 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
B1 IND Cipriano SHA 206 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Greiman ARR

Prereq: MET AD642
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
C1 IND Leybourne CAS B06B W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Leybourne ARR
BCP IND Lesko S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

And two additional courses chosen from the following*:

Prereq: MET AD642
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
B1 IND Reichel STH B20 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Bernardin ARR

Prereq: MET AD642
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
O1 IND Greiman ARR
BNR IND Siegel S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Greiman CAS 315 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Prereq: MET AD642
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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Hannon CGS 515 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

*Or any approved IT Project Management course from the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science.

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

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