IT Project Management, Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management is particularly valuable for project managers, systems analysts, designers, programmers, research managers, and others engaged in the administration of technical projects. Students are informed of new and improved IT project management tools and techniques used in today’s competitive market, where only the best IT project managers will succeed in completing assignments in a timely, cost-effective, and quality-conscious manner.

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.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the MS in Computer Information Systems, ranked #3 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2016).
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.


Watch Vijay Kanabar, PMP®, associate professor of computer science and director of project management programs, discuss graduate programs in Computer Science & Information Technology offered by Boston University’s Metropolitan College

Career Outlook

Computer and Information Systems Managers

15% increase in jobs through 2024

$131,600 median annual pay in 2015

Computer and Information Research Scientists

11% increase in jobs through 2024

$110,620  median annual pay in 2015

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

8% increase in jobs through 2024

$77,810 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Best Technology Jobs, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #2 Software Developer
  • #3 Web Developer
  • #4 IT Manager
  • #5 Information Security Analyst
  • #6 Database Administrator
  • #8 Computer Systems Administrator

Industry Trends

The U.S. demand for project practitioners is expanding by more than 12 percent, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs in 2020.

PMI® Talent Gap Report


Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Credits earned from this online certificate may be applied toward the online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, which is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

Students in this program are eligible to take a PMP® preparation course for free—an important step toward certification as a Project Management Professionals.

(Four courses/16 credits)

METCS632 Information Technology Project Management

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 credits]

METCS633 Software Quality, Testing, and Security Management

Theory and practice of security and quality assurance and testing for each step of the software development cycle. Verification vs. validation. Test case design techniques, test coverage criteria, security development and verification practices, and tools for static and dynamic analysis. Standards. Test-driven development. QA for maintenance and legacy applications. From a project management knowledge perspective, this course covers the methods, tools and techniques associated with the following processes -- Plan Quality, Perform Quality Assurance, and Perform Quality Control. Prereq: MET CS 520 or 521. Or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

METCS634 Agile Software Development

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 credits]

METCS783 Enterprise Architecture

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 credits]

Applicants to the program are required to have a 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.

METCS231 Programming with C++

Covers the elements of object-oriented programming and the C++ language. Data types, control structures, functions, library functions, classes, inheritance, and multiple inheritance. Use of constructors, destructors, function and operator overloading, reference parameters and default values, friend functions, input and output streams, templates, and exceptions. Laboratory course. [4 credits]

METCS232 Programming with Java

This course covers the elements of object-oriented programming and the Java Programming Language. Primitive data types, control structures, methods, classes, arrays and strings, inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, applets, exceptions and streams. Laboratory course. [4 credits]


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