Graduate Certificate in Project Management

The graduate certificate is of particular interest to workplace professionals or military personnel who are looking for certification rather than a degree due, in part, to the convenient delivery of courses over an eight-week period. The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is awarded to students who successfully complete the following four three-credit courses:

  • PMC 610: "Project Planning and Estimating"
  • PMC 620: "Project Schedule, Risk and Contracts"
  • PMC 630: "Project Change Management"
  • PMC 640: "Managing Enterprise Projects"

Transfer of Credit to the MPM Degree Program

If a student desires to continue study in the MPM degree program after completing the certificate program, and the student meets the admission requirements for the MPM program, and at the discretion of the Program Director, the student will be given credit for the PM650 introductory core course in MPM program.

Minimum Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited instruction of higher education, with a 3.0 average on the last 60 hours.

Applications are accepted for Fall and Spring terms only.

On-Site and Advanced Classes

The certificate program can be offered at an employer's site and in a classroom setting. For more details about this, or for information about advanced project management classes, please contact the program director.

Learn More About the Courses

PMC 610: "Project Planning and Estimating" (3 credits)

Students will develop an understanding of the following key concepts at the completion of this course:

  • What is a project?
  • Project management discipline and its importance for organizations
  • Interpretation of the client objectives
  • Role of historical data in planning the project
  • Develop a methodical estimate of the project resources
  • Calculate a total cost for the project

PMC 620: "Project Schedule, Risk and Contracts" (3 credits)

Students will develop an understanding of the following key concepts at the completion of this course:

  • Precedence table
  • Network diagram
  • Floats and critical path
  • Risk response strategy
  • Quantification of the occurrence and impact of risks
  • Significance of different types of contracts
  • Profit margin and bidding strategy

PMC 630: "Project Change Management" (3 credits)

Students will develop an understanding of the following key concepts at the completion of this course:

  • Monitoring plan
  • Workaround plan for an emerging project variance
  • Budget modification
  • Causes of project change
  • Importance of a logical baseline
  • Stakeholder impact
  • Formalized project management processes
  • Distinction between reporting and communicating
  • Distinction between intellectual diversity and toxic conflict

PMC 640: "Managing Enterprise Projects" (3 credits)

Students will develop an understanding of the following key concepts at the completion of this course:

  • Prioritization of internally-funded projects
  • Evaluation of potential contractor
  • Project Management Office
  • Project-friendly enterprise culture
  • The concept of project management maturity
  • Organizational maturity assessment
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