Graduate Certificate in Project Management
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Program DetailsCity University of Seattle's Graduate Certificate program in Project Management provides a comprehensive overview of project management skills so you can apply them to your undergraduate and on-the-job learning experience. You'll work alone and within real and virtual teams, learning how to organize and lead projects that occur throughout many areas of business. At CityU of Seattle, all of your project management courses apply toward Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and qualify as PMI Professional Development Units (PDU). This means that you can work toward PMP certification while earning transferable graduate-level credits.
Flexible, Online Learning OptionsOur master's certificate in project management is available online or in class so you can learn in a way and on a schedule that works for you. Each course in the certificate program is a part of CityU's Master of Science in Project Management program, so you can use this program as a stepping stone to a graduate degree if that's in your plan. Contact a School of Management advisor to learn more about CityU's project management offerings.
Where CityU Can Take YouProject management has become a central mode of business success across a broad range of industries including healthcare, technology, military, trades, marketing, manufacturing and more. When you get your project management certificate online with CityU, you can start applying what you learn in your industry right away. Whether you plan to pivot into project or program management, or prefer to use your new knowledge to increase your prospects in your current role, our master's certificate in project management can help get you there.
Get Started Today!If you have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited university, you can apply to get your master's certificate in project management from CityU. Start working toward your graduate degree while completing PMP training online or in class. Get in touch with our advisors to learn more today.
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Introduction Courses (3)
This course will introduce the practices that are fundamental to successful project management in a broad range of industry environments. The student will be introduced to the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in this fast growing professional field including project planning, scheduling, managing cost, quality, and risk, while monitoring the influences that can affect project scope and eventual project success. The challenges of working with diverse teams of internal and external resources will be explored through activities and interaction with distributed teams. The goal of this course is to give the student a sense of confidence in bringing projects to a successful close in any professional setting.
Core Courses (15)
Effective planning is central to project management success. This course will examine project scope and schedule development processes based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Advanced schedule development processes will be addressed, enabling the student to create a Work Breakdown Structure and to define and sequence activities into a project schedule. Scheduling techniques such as the use of activity calendars and the application of baselines for analyzing schedule performance against plan will be covered. The student will also explore the basic concepts of portfolio management, the use of project control techniques in managing multiple projects, and learn how to make effective project presentations. The assignments and core concepts in PM 504 are continued in PM 507. Prerequisites: PM 501.
Cost, scope, and schedule are considered the triad of project management. This course is a continuation of PM 504 and will focus on the cost leg of that triangle and earned value management. Project activity-based financial principles will be presented to support the assignment of resource and cost loaded schedules for performing budget planning and estimating. You will learn cost estimating methods, budgeting, performance measurement and controls, as well as various project financial management terms, techniques, and tools and how to apply them in managing the various phases of a typical project. Topics will include an introduction to ANSI 748 Earned Value Standards. You will resource and cost load the schedule you developed in PM 504 and experiment with methods to deal with changes that affect the successful outcome of your project. Prerequisites: PM 501 and PM 504.
Risks associated with cost, schedule, quality, and performance are prevalent in project work and therefore need to be managed. This course exposes students to a plethora of project risks and the means for effective mitigation. Specifically, students will investigate principle theories and practices of risk management to learn the latest techniques for identifying, assessing, and evaluating trade-offs to manage the various types of risk associated with a project. These theories and practices will help students plan and predict potential project issues and have ready-to-implement mitigation plans if and when risk events materialize. From such work, students will learn about the impact of project risk as it relates to the probability of failure to achieve the business goals associated with the project and further determine the potential damage it has to the overall organization. Opportunity risk is also evaluated as it relates to project selection within the portfolio management process and toward achievement of strategic advantage for a business.
Ensuring project health is a vital concern for all project managers. This certification course focuses on the underlying business goals that drive the need for projects. The course is designed to help project managers develop and implement a set of performance measures that evaluate and facilitate achievement of goals for the project and the business. Students will learn to integrate the historic triple constraint project performance measures (time, budget, and quality) with a larger set of business measures specific to operational and customer needs that together can define a successful project. Through this process of measuring performance, students learn how to determine and integrate appropriate performance targets, measures and metrics, then detail the means to collect baseline and actual performance data necessary to measure, analyze, trend and report findings and recommendations to project stakeholders. Prerequisites: PM 501.
The work of a project manager is continually challenging and situational based upon the broader business context in which a project operates. This integration course is conducted using multiple simulations that allow students to apply critical elements of project management in a variety of real-world scenarios and situational contexts. Applying knowledge from prior coursework in simulations will build practical understanding and integration of core project management tools and activities. In concert with the simulations, students are professionally facilitated through a process of reflective learning about the simulations, the project management discipline, and their planned career. The integrative learning summarizes the prior course work while preparing students for the remaining courses in the master's program. Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Project Management and ready to proceed toward higher levels of learning in the MSPM degree program. Prerequisites: PM 501, PM 504.