Online Project Management Graduate Certificate

The Boston University online Graduate Certificate in Project Management is an opportunity to study alongside motivated professionals as you master 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.

Under the guidance of distinguished faculty, you will 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

Successful graduates will be prepared to move forward in a wide variety of project management related careers, and will have gained excellent preparation for PMP® Certification from the Project Management Institute.

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.

Why Choose BU’s Certificate in Project Management?

  • Boston University certificate programs comprise just four courses (16 credits) and provide essential skills and capabilities in high-growth industry areas. Certificate programs also provide a pathway to Metropolitan College management degree programs.
  • Learning from expert faculty from MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, students will be prepared to move forward in a wide variety of project management related careers, and will have gained excellent preparation for PMP® Certification from the Project Management Institute.
  • Online certificate programs share courses and instructors with MET’s master’s degree programs in management, ranked #9 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBAs) by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

Develop the ability to manage project resources by learning the tools and techniques needed to monitor and track complex projects and schedules. Learn more about BU’s Project Management graduate degrees.

Career Outlook

Construction Managers

5% increase in jobs through 2024

$87,400 median annual pay in 2015

Management Analysts

14% increase in jobs through 2024

$81,320 median annual pay in 2015

Operations Research Analysts

30% increase in jobs through 2024

$78,630 median annual pay in 2015

Business Continuity Planners

8% increase in jobs through 2024

$68,170 median annual pay in 2015

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

Industry Trends

Between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across seven project-intensive industries. Along with job growth, there will be a significant increase in the economic footprint of the profession; the project management profession is slated to grow by USD $6.61 trillion.

Double-digit growth (more than 12 percent) in demand for project management professionals is expected between 2010 and 2020, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs in 2020.

Project Management Institute
Project Management Talent Gap Report

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Project Management consists of four required online courses (16 credits). Students with PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course.

Students interested in further study may transfer credits earned for the Graduate Certificate in Project Management toward degree requirements for the Boston University online Master of Science in Project Management, or another of our PMI® accredited programs.

(Four courses/16 credits)

METAD642 Project Management

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 credits]

METAD643 Project Communications Management

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 credits]

And two additional courses chosen from the following*:

METAD644 Project Risk and Cost Management

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 credits]

METAD646 Program Management

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 credits]

METAD647 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 credits]

METAD649 Agile Project Management

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 credits]

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

Core Faculty

Virginia A. Greiman

Virginia A. Greiman

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences
JD, Suffolk University Law School; LLM, Boston University School of Law; MEd, Boston University; BS, Pennsylvania State University; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Vijay Kanabar

Vijay Kanabar

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Administrative Sciences; Director of Project Management Programs
PhD, University of Manitoba; MS, Florida Institute of Technology; MBA, Webber College; BS, University of Madras, India; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Stephen A. Leybourne

Stephen A. Leybourne

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences; Faculty Coordinator for Online Master of Science Programs in Management
PhD, BSc, Cardiff Business School

Roger D. H. Warburton

Roger D. H. Warburton

Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences; Academic Coordinator for Project Management Programs
PhD, MS, University of Pennsylvania; BSc, Sussex University; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Getting Started

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